Kirk Douglas’ Sweet Relationship With His Daughter-In-Law Catherine Zeta-Jones

by Jeremy Spirogis
Actor Kirk Douglas and his daughter-in-law actress Catherine Zeta-Jones

Kirk Douglas handed away yesterday on the age of 103. He lived a full life, leaving a cinematic legacy he was certainly pleased with, with basic movies together with Spartacus, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, and Lust for Life.

Actor Kirk Douglas and his daughter-in-law actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actor Kirk Douglas and his daughter-in-law actress Catherine Zeta-Jones | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

His different, maybe simply as sturdy, legacy is that of his shut bond together with his household. Douglas’ relationship together with his spouse, his sons, and his grandchildren was each heat and powerful.

Here’s extra in regards to the distinctive and loving relationship Kirk shared particularly together with his daughter-in-law, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Douglas had 4 sons

The 103-year-old actor had 4 sons: actor Michael Douglas, movie producer Joel Douglas, TV and movie producer Peter Douglas, and actor Eric Douglas who handed away in 2004 at age 46.

The centenarian died yesterday together with his household round him, together with his spouse of 65 years, Anne Buydens Douglas, his kids and grandchildren, in line with the actor’s longtime publicist Marcia Newberger.

Michael introduced the information of his father’s passing yesterday.

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It is with large disappointment that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today on the age of 103. To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of flicks who lived nicely into his golden years, a humanitarian whose dedication to justice and the causes he believed in set a typical for all of us to aspire to. But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was merely Dad, to Catherine, a beautiful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and nice grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his spouse Anne, a beautiful husband. Kirk’s life was nicely lived, and he leaves a legacy in movie that can endure for generations to return, and a historical past as a famend philanthropist who labored to help the general public and convey peace to the planet. Let me finish with the phrases I informed him on his final birthday and which is able to at all times stay true. Dad- I really like you a lot and I’m so proud to be your son. #KirkDouglas

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“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael wrote on Instagram. “To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”

“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine (Zeta-Jones), a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”

How Kirk says his spouse, Anne, saved his life

In his last interview with USA Today in 2017 alongside together with his spouse, Anne, it was revealed that she was instrumental in saving the actor’s life.

Kirk had been invited to current an award to director Mike Todd ( Elizabeth Taylor’s third husband) and could be flying on Todd’s personal aircraft from Palm Springs to New York. Anne wouldn’t enable it, encouraging Kirk to take a daily aircraft as an alternative.

Actor Kirk Douglas with wife Anne Buydens in 1957Actor Kirk Douglas with wife Anne Buydens in 1957
Actor Kirk Douglas with spouse Anne Buydens in 1957 | Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

“My spouse says, ‘Why don’t you’re taking a common airplane?’ ” remembers Kirk. “She kept insisting. And we had a big fight. I said, “ ‘OK, I won’t go.’ But I was very mad at her.”

On their automotive experience returning to Los Angeles, they weren’t talking, and Kirk turned on the radio to find that Mike Todd’s aircraft had crashed, killing everybody on board.

“She saved my life,” he says.

Kirk’s particular relationship with Catherine Zeta-Jones

From the beginning of her relationship with Michael Douglas, Kirk liked his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones. And the sensation was mutual. She was welcomed warmly into the Douglas household.

On Michael and Catherine’s twentieth anniversary, Kirk wrote them a brief, however heartfelt letter with marital recommendation, saying “Happy anniversary! Michael, you learned a very important lesson to stay married you must obey your wife! Keep practicing what I do with my wife. Daddy Kirk.” 

Zeta-Jones confirmed the world her father-in-law’s notice on her Instagram saying, “Dancing into our 20th year! Happy Anniversary my love. Such a beautiful letter from my father in law,” she stated.

At his passing yesterday, Zeta-Jones posted on Instagram, ” To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the remainder of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight…”

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