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Buydens in 2000
23 April 1919
|Other names||Anne Douglas|
|Occupation||Philanthropist, producer and occasional actress|
(m. 1954; died 2020)
Anne Buydens (born Hannelore Marx, 23 April 1919) is a German-born American philanthropist, producer, and occasional actress. She has been a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1970. She is the widow of actor Kirk Douglas, as she had been married to him for 66 years (from 1954 to his death at age 103 in 2020).
Buydens was born in Hanover, Germany. She was in her adolescence when her family emigrated to Belgium, where she became a Belgian citizen. Buydens continued her education there and in Switzerland before moving to Paris, where her fluent knowledge of several languages kept her busy subtitling films.
Buydens married actor Kirk Douglas on 29 May 1954. She had two sons with him: Peter (born 23 November 1955, Los Angeles) and Eric (21 June 1958 – 6 July 2004). Buydens converted to Judaism when she renewed her wedding vows with Douglas in 2004. She became a United States citizen in 1959. She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2019.
One of Buydens' first forays into philanthropy came on the heels of recovering from breast cancer: With six fellow survivors, Buydens established "Research for Women's Cancers", which raised millions of dollars to help finance a research facility at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Both Kirk Douglas and Buydens were behind the establishment of "Harry's Haven", an Alzheimer's disease unit at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Home in Woodland Hills, which is named after Kirk Douglas's father. The couple was known for their efforts to rebuild playgrounds in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The effort began when Anne read in the newspaper that the district's school yards were so decrepit that children were being kept indoors.
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Kirk Douglas family tree