Kirk Douglas was born at a time when fighting raged in the trenches of World War I and while women didn’t even have the right to vote in all American states. But for his part, the celebrated actor has lived the kind of life that most people can only dream of. And for over six decades, his wife, Anne Buydens, has been by his side throughout – although according to Douglas himself, there’s a touching reason why that’s the case.
Buydens is in fact the second wife of Douglas; his first was Diana Dill, who was the mother of Douglas’ most famous son, Michael. But while the performer’s first marriage lasted less than a decade, this one has endured for 65 years and counting. And Buydens herself is actually almost as long-lived as her husband, as she turned 100 in 2019. Douglas, by contrast, is a sprightly 102.