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Diana Douglas Webster, Mother of Michael Douglas, Ex-Wife of Kirk Douglas, Dies at 92

Actress Diana Douglas Webster, mother of Michael Douglas and former wife of Kirk Douglas, died of cancer on Friday in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 92.

Webster appeared on film, television and stage. She appeared in more than 20 films, including “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and “It Runs in the Family,” in addition to TV roles on “The West Wing” and the short-lived series “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.”

Born Diana Love Dill in Devonshire, Bermuda, Webster met Kirk Douglas when they were both acting students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. They married in 1943 and had Michael in 1944, followed by the birth of Joel (now a producer) in 1947.

After a divorce from Kirk in 1951, Webster married actor Bill Darrid in 1956 and then Donald A. Webster upon her second husband’s death.

A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles.

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