Kirk Douglas RIP

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On January 28, 1996, he suffered a severe stroke, which impaired his ability to speak. Doctors told his wife that unless there was rapid improvement, the loss of the ability to speak was likely permanent. After a regime of daily speech-language therapy that lasted several months, his ability to speak returned, although it was still limited. He was able to accept an honorary Academy Award two months later in March and thanked the audience. He wrote about this experience in his 2002 book, My Stroke of Luck, which he hoped would be an "operating manual" for others on how to handle a stroke victim in their own family.

On December 9, 2016, Douglas became a centenarian. He celebrated his 100th birthday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, joined by several of his friends and family, including Don Rickles, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, his wife Anne, his son Michael and his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones. Douglas was described by his guests as being still in good shape, able to walk with confidence into the Sunset Room for the celebration.

Douglas died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on February 5, 2020, at age 103 from natural causes.

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Kirk Douglas' widow, Anne, dies at 102
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In this file photo taken on May 28, 2008 Actor Kirk Douglas and wife Anne attend the Anne and Kirk Douglas 400th Playground Dedication at Lillian Street Elementary School, in Los Angeles, California.
In this file photo taken on May 28, 2008 Actor Kirk Douglas and wife Anne attend the Anne and Kirk Douglas 400th Playground Dedication at Lillian Street Elementary School, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO BY VALERIE MACON /AFP via Getty Images
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Kirk Douglas’ widow, Anne Douglas, has died aged 102.

The producer passed away on Thursday at her home in Beverly Hills, her spokeswoman Marcia Newberger confirmed.

Anne’s death comes just over a year after the Hollywood legend’s passing on February 5, 2020. The Spartacus actor was 103.

The couple had been married for more than 65 years and had two sons, Peter, 65, and Eric, who died in 2004 at the age of 46.

Kirk was also father to Michael Douglas, 76, and Joel Douglas, 74, whom he had with his late first wife Diana Douglas.


In a statement to E! News, Michael said of his stepmom: “Anne was more than a stepmother, and never ‘wicked.’

“She brought out the best in all of us, especially our father. Dad would never have had the career he did without Anne’s support and partnership.

“Catherine and I and the children adored her; she will always be in our hearts.”

Just days ago, Anne celebrated her 102nd birthday, and Michael shared a family portrait of his dad, stepmom, wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, their two kids, Dylan, 20, and Carys, 18, and himself on Instagram to pay tribute to Anne.

He captioned the post: “Happy Birthday Anne Douglas! We love you!”