Anne Buydens Biography
(Philanthropist, Producer and Wife of Actor Kirk Douglas)
Birthday: April 23, 1919 (Taurus)
Born In: Hanover, Germany
Anne Buydens, or Anne Douglas, is a German-born actress, producer, and philanthropist who holds citizenships of both Belgium and the United States. She has been married to American actor Kirk Douglas for more than six decades. Buydens was in her early teens when she and her family immigrated to Belgium from her native country of Germany. After finishing her education in Switzerland, she started working as a public relation executive in the entertainment industry in Paris. It is in the City of Lights that she met Douglas who was there to film ‘Act of Love’, a romantic drama released in 1953. The attraction was instantaneous on Douglas’ part, who, despite the initial rejection, persevered. They married in 1954 in Las Vegas, Nevada with only his publicist and attorney as witnesses. Since then, the union has emerged as a tale of dedication and love, no less grandiose in scope than the films Douglas was the star of. It survived his chronic infidelity, her breast cancer, his stroke, and the death of their younger son, Eric, due to accidental drug overdose. In 2014, they celebrated the diamond jubilee of their marriage. As a producer, Buydens has been involved in projects such as ‘Scalawag’, ‘Posse’, and ‘Deep River’.