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Who is Kirk Douglas’ wife Anne Buydens?

KIRK Douglas' loved ones are mourning the loss of the matriarch of the family.

We take a look at the woman who had been by his side for more than 65 years, Anne Buydens.

Who is Kirk Douglas' wife Anne Buydens?

Anne Buydens was born in Germany on April 23, 1919 - making her an impressive 100 years old.

She is an American philanthropist, producer, and actress.

Anne originally fled from Germany to escape Nazism and emigrated to Belgium.

She continued her education there, before moving to Paris.

Whilst in the French capital her fluent knowledge of several languages kept her busy subtitling films.

When did Anne Buydens marry Kirk Douglas?

The couple met whilst she was working in a film studio in Paris.

They married in May 29, 1954 and they had two sons, Peter, a producer, and Eric, an actor who died on July 6, 2004, from an overdose of alcohol and drugs.

In 2017, the couple released a book, Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter and a Lifetime in Hollywood, that revealed intimate letters they shared through the years.

in the book Anne wrote that Kirk had affairs with other women including several Hollywood starlets.

He never hid his infidelities from his wife, and she was accepting of them, writing: "As a European, I understood it was unrealistic to expect total fidelity in a marriage."

The couple were together until Kirk died on February 5, 2020.

How many times was Kirk Douglas married?

Kirk married twice during his life.

Before Anne, he was married to actress Diana Dill.

They wed in November 1943 but divorced in 1951.

They had two sons, actor Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas.