Without doubt, Kirk Douglas is one of the most iconic actors in the world. He is well-known for his saying “I’m too old to change. Like Popeye, ‘I yam what I yam.’ Love me or hate me, just don’t be indifferent.”
At the amazing age of 102, this legendary actor is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age. Recently, he celebrated his 102nd birthday with hiс family, including his wife Anne who is 99.
Celebrating 102nd Birthday with Beloved Wife
The married couple sat in matching wheelchairs while their caretakers ensured everything was going smoothly for the celebration. Since 1954, the actor has been married to Anne Buydens who was his second wife.
Together, they have two sons, that is, Peter who is now 63 and Eric who tragically died in an accidental drug overdose back in 2004 at the age of 46. Inspired by their loss, they went on an awareness-raising path that resulted in an honor bestowed by Columbia University’s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s Inspiration Award.
Who Is Kirk Douglas?
Back in 1996, Douglas suffered a debilitating stroke and his speech was impaired. So, his acting career came to an end; however, this did not prevent him from living his life to the fullest.
According to his son Michael Douglas, he had not given up and still has a personal trainer and works out. The actor Michael Douglas who is his son from his first marriage and his daughter-in-law, the actress Catherine Zeta-Jones were among the guests at the huge birthday milestone.
They also congratulated him on social media and the actress posted a touching video of the centenarian dancing with her son while her daughter played the piano and sang. She wrote “Happy 102nd Birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk.”
Moreover, his granddaughter Carys posted a throwback photo from Kirk in his younger days and captioned it “102 years young. To my inspiration, my pappy. I can’t put into words how much you mean to me. Happy Birthday, I love you.”
The Beautiful Story of Kirk and Anne
The couple has been married for 64 years and when he was once asked about the relationship with her, he said one interesting story. Namely, once a person becomes disabled, their family usually tries to help them and get things for them.
So, once, when he told his wife he wanted breakfast in bed, she said to him that if we wants breakfast in bed, he should sleep in the kitchen. He added that no matter how famous you are, your wife will still tell you what’s what!