Anne Douglas, Kirk Douglas’s widow, better known as film publicist, producer and philanthropist has died at the age of 102. The news was announced by Marcia Newberger, the family’s spokeswoman.
According to the obituary provided by Marcia Newberger, Douglas died at her home in Beverly Hills. No cause of death has been identified so far. Marcia stated, “It is with great sadness that the Douglas family announces the passing of their matriarch, Anne Douglas, peacefully at home in Beverly Hills this afternoon at age 102.”
Michael Douglas, Anne Douglas’s step-son said, “Anne was more than a stepmother, and never ‘wicked’. She brought out the best in all of us, especially our father. Dad would never have had the career he did without Anne’s support and partnership. Catherine and I and the children adored her; she will always be in our hearts.”
Michael’s wife and actor, Catherine Zeta-Jones, also paid tribute to Anne with an Instagram post. She uploaded her picture with Anne along with a family picture. She captioned it, “Sleep tight Oma. Our loving matriarch Anne Douglas is now in the arms of her beloved husband Kirk. 102 formidable years old. I love you with all my heart Oma.”
Anne Douglas celebrated her 102 birthday last week. Her death comes one year after the death of Kirk Douglas, who died in February 2020. Anne was Kirk Douglas’s second wife, and the couple was married for 66 years. They met in Paris, where he was filming “Act of Love” and she was doing publicity.
Kirk Douglas once said about his wife, “I often wonder what would have happened to me if I hadn’t married Anne. I might not have survived without her business acumen and her finely-honed instincts.”
The former publicist and actor is survived by her children Peter, Joel, and stepson Michael Douglas, daughters-in-law Catherine and Lisa; grandchildren Cameron, Dylan, Carys, Kelsey, Tyler, Jason and Ryan; great-grandchildren Lua Izzy and Ryder and a sister, Merle Werbke.