Over the years, Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens reminded fans that true love still exists. The late Hollywood couple was together for more than six decades, and throughout their marriage, they shared countless incredible memories and snapped tons of sweet photos.
Kirk and Anne wed in 1954 and raised their blended family, including their children, Peter Douglas and late son Eric Douglas, as well as Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas, whom he shared with first spouse Diana Douglas.
“She was the most difficult woman I ever met,” Kirk joked to USA Today in April 2017 about the first time he asked Anne out on a date. “I mean, I was a big movie star! And I invited her to dinner and she said, ‘Oh, thank you very much, but I’m so tired.’”
However, in their joint book, Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood, Anne remembered it a little bit differently. “He said, ‘Come on, let me take you to the lion’s den,’” she wrote, noting that the “lion’s den” actually referred to his movie trailer. But Anne had something else in mind.
“No, thank you, I think I’ll go home and make myself some scrambled eggs,” she replied. But after Kirk spent some time courting her, Anne finally decided to give him a chance. She said everything changed once she saw Kirk scooping up elephant poop in a tuxedo.
“That’s what got me,” the Posse producer told USA Today. “It was not only funny, it was showing me that he was able to do things that are not expected from him.”
From then, the two became a couple and the rest is history. Kirk and Anne were together for almost 66 years up until the 20000 Leagues Under the Sea actor died at age 103 in February 2020. At the time, Kirk’s eldest son, Michael, announced the heartbreaking news on Instagram.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” he wrote. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
More than one year after Kirk’s death, Anne died at age 102 in April 2021, according to Douglas family spokesman Marcia Newberger. NBC News reported the Deep River producer died at her home in Beverly Hills.
Though Kirk and Anne are no longer around, the two are remembered for their incredible showbiz skills and their decades-long love story. While previously speaking to Closer Weekly, the Vikings actor credited his spouse for being the reason he lived to 103.
“I was lucky enough to find my soul mate … and I believe our wonderful marriage and our nightly ‘golden hour’ chats have helped me survive all things,” he gushed.
To see Kirk and Anne’s sweetest photos together through the years, keep scrolling.
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