Actress and model, Diana Douglas, who was the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.
Diana Douglas died of cancer at a motion picture industry retirement home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas’s production company, Furthur Films. It got the news from Diana Douglas’s husband of fifteen years, Donald A. Webster of Washington, D.C, and Fox News reported the news on Sunday.
Diana Douglas was born Diana Love Dill in Bermuda. Her family had lived in Bermuda for centuries and her father was the attorney general in Bermuda. Diana later moved to New York and met her first husband, Kirk Douglas while they were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
She later signed a contract with Warner Brothers Pictures that paid 200 dollars a week. It is noteworthy that Kirk Douglas was against her signing the contract. He wanted her to try her luck in Broadway instead.
Diana Douglas went on to work as an actress and model in a career that spanned six decades. She appeared in dozens of movies and television episodes as part of her acting stint, including the 1987 Steve Martin film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and the TV shows “ER” and “The West Wing.” She also worked on Broadway and did some stage roles.
In May 1943, Diana Douglas, then Diana Love Dill, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, as a fashion model.
“Kirk Douglas, by then serving in the Navy during World War II, saw her on the cover and told his shipmates he would marry her,” the obituary stated.
They wed in November that year and went on the have two sons, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951. Douglas was also married to actor Bill Darrid from 1956 until his death in 1992. She eventually married Donald A. Webster, who was her husband until the time of her sad demise.
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