Anne Buydens

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Anne Buydens
Ronald Reagan with Kirk Douglas.jpg
Anne and Kirk Douglas meet with President Ronald Reagan, December 1987
Born Hannelore Marx[1]
(1919-04-23) 23 April 1919 (age 98)[1]
Hanover, Germany
Other names Anne Douglas
Occupation Actress, philanthropist, producer
Years active 1952–present
Spouse(s) Kirk Douglas (m. 1954)
Children Peter Douglas (b. 1955)
Eric Douglas (1958–2004)

Anne Buydens Douglas (born 23 April 1919) is a German-born Belgian-American actress, philanthropist, and producer. She has also been a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1970.[2][3]

Both she and her husband Kirk have experienced longevity; with Anne turning 98 in 2017 and Kirk turning 100 in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Buydens was born Hannelore Marx in Hanover, Germany. She was in her early teens 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Buydens married actor Kirk Douglas on 29 May 1954. She had two sons with him: Peter (born 23 November 1955, Los Angeles, California), and Eric (21 June 1958 – 6 July 2004).[4] Buydens converted to Judaism when she renewed her wedding vows with Douglas in 2004.[5] She became a United States citizen in 1959.[1]

Family tree[edit]

Charity work[edit]

One of Buydens' first forays into philanthropy came on the heels of recovering from breast cancer: With six fellow survivors, she 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. It is named after Kirk Douglas's father. The couple is known for their effort to rebuild playgrounds in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The effort began when Anne read in the newspaper that the district's schoolyards were so decrepit that children were being kept indoors.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Birth name per naturalization petition (1959),; accessed 19 July 2016.
  2. ^ Staff (1970). "World's Best Dressed Women". The International Hall of Fame: Women. Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Ultimate Style – The Best of the Best Dressed List. 2004. p. 116. ISBN 2 84323 513 8. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Family. "Douglas History". Douglas History. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hollywood gladiator Kirk Douglas has his eyes set on a third barmitzvah | The Jewish Chronicle". 20 September 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 

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