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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 lived the kind of life that most people can only dream of. And for over six decades, his wife, Anne Buydens, was by his side throughout – although according to Douglas himself, there was a touching reason why that was the case.

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Buydens was 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 endured for 65 years. And Buydens herself is actually almost as long-lived as her husband was, as she turned 100 in 2019. Douglas, by contrast, made it to an impressive 103.

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