Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas & mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

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 cited Diana Douglas's husband of fifteen years, Donald A. Webster of Washington, D.C.

Born Diana Love Dill in Bermuda, where her family had lived for centuries & her father was the attorney general, Douglas after moved to New York & met Kirk Douglas while they were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

p>She after went to California on a $200-a-week contract with Warner Bros. against Douglas's advice that she try for Broadway instead.

She went on to have a six-decade as an actress & model, appearing in dozens of movies & television episodes, including the 1987 Steve Martin film "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" & the TV shows "ER" & "The West Wing."

She moreover did stage roles, including some on Broadway.

In May 1943, Douglas appeared on the cover of Life magazine, modeling spring fashions.

"Kirk Douglas, by then serving in the Navy during World War II, saw her on the cover & told his shipmates he would marry her," according to the obituary.

They wed that November & went on the have two sons, Michael & Joel, before divorcing in 1951.

"We had brought to marriage such different concepts of what it constituted, what was expected due," she wrote in her memoir, "In the Wings & Beyond."

The two remained on amicable terms. She even appeared with him in several movies, including her last film, 2003's "It Runs in the Family," which moreover starred Michael Douglas & one of her grandsons, Cameron.

Douglas was moreover married to actor Bill Darrid from 1956 until his death in 1992.

Source: “Associated Press”