Diana Douglas dead: Michael Douglas' mother, Kirk Douglas' ex-wife of Kirk Douglas was 92
The Bermuda-born Douglas (nee Diana Love Dill) had a long career that spanned film, television and theater. She’s best known for her role in Planes, Trains & Automobiles, as well as appearances on TV’s Days of Our Lives, The West Wing, ER, and The Paper Chase.
She was married to Kirk Douglas from 1943 until their divorce in 1951 — in addition to Michael, they are also parents to son Joel Douglas. She was then married to actor Bill Darrid from 1956 until his death in 1992, and in 2002 she married Donald A. Webster, who survives her.
“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 said in a 2011 interview with Bermuda’s Bernews. I know Michael has said since being an adult that he was always very grateful that we never did badmouth each other. Sometimes we probably wanted to. And also, I think that after [Kirk] got married to [his second wife,] Anne, [she] made it very much easier, because she and I cooperated very much in terms of bed times and what they could watch on television, and that kind of thing.”
Douglas’ final film role was 2003’s It Runs in the Family, in which she starred alongside Kirk, Michael and grandson Cameron Douglas. Joel Douglas served as a producer on the film, as did Michael.
A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles, Variety reports.