Actress Diana Douglas Dies At 92

Posted: Jul 4 2015, 8:43pm CDT | by , in Latest Celebrity News


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Actress Diana Douglas Dies at 92
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Diana Douglas was the mother of famous actor Michael Douglas. She was battling with cancer for a longtime

Diana Douglas, the veteran actress, first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Friday in Woodland Hills, California. She was 92.

The actress died after battling cancer. According to Hollywood Reporter, her husband Donald Webster confirmed her death.

Diana, whose original name was Diana Love Dill, was born in Devonshire, Bermuda in 1923. She belonged to a notable Bermudian family. Her father Thomas Melville Dill was a parliamentarian and a former army officer while her brother Bayard Dill was a lawyer and a prominent Bermudian politician.

Diana was mostly known for her marriage with legendry actor Kirk Douglas. The couple married in 1943 and had two children actor Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas. The two divorced in 1951 after spending eight years together.

Diana talked about Kirk Douglas in a 2011 interview. “I’ve always enjoyed Kirk’s sense of humor, even when I was angriest at him. He could always make me laugh somehow, which annoyed the hell out of me. But then I think we both decided too, when the time of divorce came, that we had to maintain a certain amount of civility because of the children.

She worked in two films with Kirk Douglas, 1956 “The Indian Fighter” as Susan Rogers and 2003“It Runs in the Family” as Evelyn Gromberg alongside son Michael Douglas and grandchild Cameron Douglas. “It Runs in the Family” was made some 50 years after their divorce but both Kirk and Diana never looked odd on screen.

“We were both professionals. And it was useful.” Diana said about the film in an interview.

Diana’s acting career spanned over more than six decades and she appeared on all main forms of media television, film and stage. In 1956, she married to actor Bill Darrid. The marriage lasted till his death in 1992. Then, she tied knots with Donald Webster, a former treasury official in 2002.

Diana appeared in many television series including as a guest star in Armstrong Circle Theatre, Science Fiction Theatre, General Electric Theatre, police drama series Naked City and Love is a Many Splendored Thing . Her movie credits include The Sign of Ram (1948), The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951), Storm Over Tibet (1952), Loving (1970), The Star Chamber (1983) Plans, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Cold Heaven (1992).

Diana also penned a book titled “In the Wings: A Memoir” published in 1999. She announced her retirement from acting in 2008.

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