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Kirk Douglas' Wife Anne Explains Why His Multiple Infidelities Were Not A Problem For Her

Date February 21, 2019 10:23

Kirk Douglas, one of the most iconic leading men of the Golden Age of Hollywood, hasn’t been a perfect husband.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actor had multiple romances with a number of Hollywood beauties, including Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich. It’s one of the reasons why his marriage to his first wife and mother of his two older sons, Michael and Joel, didn’t work out.

However, Kirk’s second wife, Anne Buydens, was undeterred by his reputation of a ladies’ man.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anne on why she was OK with infidelities

In his candid autobiography titled The Ragman’s Son, Kirk recounted some of his romantic conquests, many of which happened when he was married.

What’s most surprising about his account is Anne’s reaction to the revelations. She accepted the affairs as something that inevitably comes with her husband’s status of a big movie star.

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She wrote in their book, Kirk and Anne:

Kirk never tried to hide his dalliances from me. He told me about them himself because I wanted to hear it from him directly, not via an idle piece of gossip.

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Knowing some might find her attitude towards infidelity strange, Anne, who was born and raised in Europe, went on to explain:

As a European, I understood it was unrealistic to expect total fidelity in a marriage. In Paris I had known General De Gaulle’s driver, who was also his mistress, and many more like her. In more recent times, François Mitterrand’s mistress and their children came to his funeral at the invitation of his wife. Only the Americans found it outrageous.

What’s more, Kirk got Anne’s approval to include the stories of his affairs in his memoir:

Kirk secured my permission before including stories of his trysts in his 1988 autobiography, The Ragman’s Son. I’m positive his candor helped make the book a major bestseller.

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Their marriage is still solid

Despite the infidelities, Kirk and Anne have been happily married for more than six decades! They tied the knot in 1954, and many consider their strong and lasting union exemplary.

In a 2015 interview with Closer Weekly, Kirk said:

I never thought of our marriage as unique. I fell in love with a girl, and after 60 years, I still love her.

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It’s safe to assume Anne’s open-mindedness is an essential element in their formula of a long-lasting union!

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