Nearly 70 Years of Marriage: The Secrets of Kirk and Anne Douglas' Successful Relationship

Nearly 70 Years of Marriage: The Secrets of Kirk and Anne Douglas' Successful Relationship
Nearly 70 Years of Marriage: The Secrets of Kirk and Anne Douglas' Successful Relationship
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On February 5, 2020, Kirk Douglas left us - a true Hollywood legend who lived through a lot and left many unforgettable roles to the next generations. Throughout his long and successful film career, his wife Ann has always been by his side.

When asked what is the secret of their love for nearly seven decades, Kirk Douglas replied in 2015: “We settle our misunderstandings with a kiss.”

The two met in Paris in 1953 during the filming of the movie "Act of Love". Anne Bidens was a producer at the time. However, they are both engaged at the time – Kirk Douglas is secretly engaged to actress Pierre Angeli, and Anne is married to her Belgian friend.

In their 2017 book Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter and a Lifetime in Hollywood, Douglas wrote that he was immediately drawn to the German-born Anne.

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His memory of the meeting: "This confident beauty was very different from the women I've been with in Hollywood since Diana left me (his ex-wife)".

However, when the actor dares to ask the beautiful Ann out on a date, she turns him down, according to him. "But I was determined to win it," admits the star.

Although it takes him a while to break off his engagement to Angeli, Kirk and Ann manage to get married in Las Vegas in 1954, shortly after Ann threatens to leave him. Douglas admits in the book that he then realized he would be "lost without her".

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The couple has two sons together – Eric and Peter, and Kirk has two children from his previous marriage – Joel and. Anne managed to befriend Douglas's ex-wife, Diana, and over the years they kept in touch, often having lunch together. The actor says that Anne used to refer to Diana as "our first wife".

In the book Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter and a Lifetime in Hollywood, a special place is devoted to Kirk's poetry collection. According to him, the best poem in the book is written about Anne and is called "Romance Begins at 80".

Ann, for her part, shares that their love has endured over the years thanks to the many surprises that Kirk has given her. He liked to plan special surprises for her, and she tells of her birthday where Kirk popped out of a fake cake borrowed from the set of Some Like It Hot.

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Like any couple, they had their ups and downs in their relationship, but managed to weather every storm together. In their book, Kirk Douglas reveals that Anne deliberately turned a blind eye to her husband's infidelities, and that he was honest about them, not lying to her.

Ann wrote: “Kirk has never tried to hide his flirtations from me. As a European, I knew it was unrealistic to expect absolute fidelity in a marriage.”

The couple has never been shy about expressing their love for each other. When Kirk Douglas received his honorary Oscar in 1996, he dedicated it to Ann.

“I see my four sons. They are proud of their old man. I'm proud too. I am proud to have been a part of Hollywood for 50 years. But this award is for my wife, Ann. I love you. ", Kirk Douglas ends his speech with these words. And these are the words that describe his life's journey and his long marriage to his love Ann.

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