Anne Buydens

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Anne Buydens
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Buydens in 2000
Born
Hannelore Marx [1]

(1919-04-23) 23 April 1919 (age 99) [1]
Other namesAnne Douglas
OccupationPhilanthropist, producer, actress
Years active1952–present
Spouse(s)
Kirk Douglas (m. 1954)
Children Peter Douglas (b. 1955)
Eric Douglas (1958–2004)

Anne Buydens (born Hannelore Marx, 23 April 1919) is a German-born Belgian-American philanthropist, producer, and occasional actress. She has been a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1970. [2] [3] She has been married to actor Kirk Douglas since 1954.

Kirk Douglas American stage and film actor

Kirk Douglas is an American actor, filmmaker, and author. A centenarian, he is one of the last surviving stars of the film industry's Golden Age. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war movies. During his career, he appeared in more than 90 movies. Douglas is known for his explosive acting style.

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Early life

Buydens was born in Hanover, Germany. She was in her early teens when her family emigrated to Belgium, where she became a Belgian citizen. Buydens continued her education there and in Switzerland before moving to Paris, where her fluent knowledge of several languages kept her busy subtitling films.[ citation needed ]

Hanover Place in Lower Saxony, Germany

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Personal life

Buydens married actor Kirk Douglas on 29 May 1954. She had two sons with him: Peter (born 23 November 1955, Los Angeles, California), and Eric (21 June 1958 6 July 2004). [4] Buydens converted to Judaism when she renewed her wedding vows with Douglas in 2004. [5] [6] She became a United States citizen in 1959. [1]

Peter Vincent Douglas is an American television and film producer, a son of actor Kirk Douglas and his second wife, the German American producer Anne Buydens.

Eric Douglas actor and stand-up comedian from the United States

Eric Anthony Douglas was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Douglas was the youngest son of actor Kirk Douglas and his second wife Anne Buydens. His half brother was actor and producer Michael Douglas.

Conversion to Judaism

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Charity work

One of Buydens' first forays into philanthropy came on the heels of recovering from breast cancer: With six fellow survivors, Buydens established "Research for Women's Cancers", which raised millions of dollars to help finance a research facility at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Both Kirk Douglas and Buydens were behind the establishment of "Harry's Haven", an Alzheimer's disease unit at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Home in Woodland Hills, which is named after Kirk Douglas's father. The couple is known for their effort to rebuild playgrounds in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The effort began when Anne read in the newspaper that the district's schoolyards were so decrepit that children were being kept indoors.[ citation needed ]

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  3. Ultimate Style – The Best of the Best Dressed List. 2004. p. 116. ISBN   2 84323 513 8.
  4. Douglas, Family. "Douglas History". Douglas History. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  5. "Hollywood gladiator Kirk Douglas has his eyes set on a third barmitzvah | The Jewish Chronicle". Thejc.com. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  6. Jewish Community Centers and Federation of Tampa: "Jews in the News: Kirk Douglas, Natalie Portman and Max Cassella" by Nate Bloom. December 5, 2016