Michael Douglas pays tribute as dad Kirk's widow Anne dies at 102

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Michael Douglas has paid tribute after the death of his dad Kirk Douglas’ widow.

Anne Douglas died at her home in Beverly Hills on Thursday (29 April) at the age of 102, just over a year after her husband Kirk passed away.

Michael, 76, told People magazine: "Anne was more than a stepmother, and never 'wicked’.”

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“She brought out the best in all of us, especially our father,” he said.

Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne arrive at the annual
Kirk Douglas and wife Anne in 2011 (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“Dad would never have had the career he did without Anne's support and partnership.

"Catherine [Zeta-Jones] and I and the children adored her; she will always be in our hearts."

The Romancing The Stone star said his father could never keep a secret but that Anne was the opposite.

(L-R) Kirk Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Anne Douglas and Michael Douglas at The Los Angeles Mission Legacy Of Vision Gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, November 9 , 2017. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
Kirk Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anne Douglas and Michael Douglas in 2017 (Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)

“That's why I was so moved when I read their co-authored book, Kirk And Anne, in which she talked about her early life in Germany; her war years in occupied Paris; and her career before she met my father," he said.

“She also included their private correspondence, which gave me new insights into their courtship and marriage."

FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, Kirk Douglas kisses his wife Anne's hand, in Los Angeles during a party celebrating his 100th birthday. Anne Douglas, the widow of Kirk Douglas and stepmother of Michael Douglas, died Thursday, April 29, 2021, in California. She was 102. Douglas died at her home in Beverly Hills, according to an obituary provided by spokeswoman Marcia Newberger. No cause of death was given. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
Kirk Douglas kisses his wife Anne's hand during a party in 2017 (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Actor Kirk had two sons – Michael and Joel – with first wife Diana Dill before they split in 1951.

He married producer Anne in 1954 and they had two sons together.

Anne died just days after she turned 102.

Wishing her a happy birthday on 23 April, Michael shared a family picture on Instagram.

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It showed Anne and Kirk, him and wife Zeta-Jones and their children Dylan, 20, and Carys, 18.

“Happy Birthday Anne Douglas! We love you!” he wrote.

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Zeta-Jones also shared a picture of her with her “extraordinary mother in law”.

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“You are a joy, an inspiration and so loved by us all," she wrote.

Kirk died on 5 February 2020, at the age of 103.