The union between performer Kirk Douglas and Anne lasted for over sixty-five years.
Kirk Douglas had already gained great fame, with his portrayal of brave men and charismatic outlaws earning him admiration from fans around the globe.
He also enjoyed great success with his actress friends, but Anne was the one he described as the most complicated woman in his life.
After receiving an invitation to a lavish restaurant, she declined and expressed her preference for a quiet dinner in the comfort of their own home, without his company.
This wasn’t mere gratuitous coquetry.
Douglas admitted that it took a year to lead him to the altar, but their relationship only started to improve when he began paying attention to the conversation between Anne and himself, rather than focusing solely on his own persona.
This brilliant and intelligent lady profoundly transformed the life of the actor.
She was a companion, an ally, the most honest critic, and the most significant partner in his life.
Throughout their existence, the artist and his wife generously donated millions of dollars to charitable organizations.
They established organizations to support single women, artists affected by Alzheimer’s, and several grant programs for youth education.
The couple contributed to the funding of hundreds of playgrounds in underserved areas and supported a homeless shelter that once housed actor Kirk Douglas.