Diana Douglas

When Diana Dill's partner in acting studies returned from the Second World War, the first thing she did was marry him. That partner was none other than the stalwart screen icon Kirk Douglas. Though she immediately took ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1923 in Devonshire, , BM

Filmography

Actor (27)

ER 2008 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

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The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

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It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

Evelyn Gromberg (Actor)

Harts of the West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Cold Heaven 1992 (Movie)

Mother St Agnes (Actor)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

Peg (Actor)

Dirty Work 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Star Chamber 1983 (Movie)

Adrian Caulfield (Actor)

Sister, Sister 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Jaws of Satan 1978 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

The Cowboys 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1967 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Loving 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Shavelson (Actor)

The Indian Fighter 1955 (Movie)

Susan Rogers (Actor)

Three Steps to Heaven 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

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A Fire in the Sky (TV Show)

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Dead Man on the Run (TV Show)

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Mary White (TV Show)

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Night Cries (TV Show)

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Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

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Tail Gunner Joe (TV Show)

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The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Show)

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The Web (TV Show)

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Biography

When Diana Dill's partner in acting studies returned from the Second World War, the first thing she did was marry him. That partner was none other than the stalwart screen icon Kirk Douglas. Though she immediately took on his now famous surname, it was only after her own brief, forgotten run as a blond and beaming leading lady of several rip-roaring adventure yarns that she first shared the screen with the rugged Kirk; they both appeared in the "The Indian Fighter" (1955), a spirited frontier drama about the devastating domino effect of forbidden love. Ironically, however, Diana had split from the male Douglas years before the film's release. While her ex-husband stuck to the big screen, she spent the remainder of her career frequently appearing on playhouse-anthology drama series and in the decidedly flashier world of prime-time soaps, westerns, and police procedurals. In '72, she guested on the jazzily fevered crime drama "The Streets of San Francisco", marking her first on-screen moment with her by-then renowned son, the charismatic Michael Douglas. Having ultimately evolved into a warm, elderly screen presence, she continues to bring to her occasional film and TV roles-including a fun bit in the beloved road comedy "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"-a certain breezy composure. In an intriguing casting choice, she appeared, some 50 years after their real-life divorce, as Kirk's on-screen wife in the 2003 cornucopian kinship dramedy "It Runs in the Family" (which also starred Michael and her grandson, Cameron Douglas).

Relationships

Kirk Douglas Actor

Husband
Married Nov. 2, 1943 Divorced Feb. 23, 1951 Co-starred in "The Indian Fighter" (1955) Co-starred once again along with son Michael and grandson Cameron in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Michael Douglas Actor

Son
Born Sept. 25, 1944; father, Kirk Douglas; Academy Award-wining actor ("Wall Street," 1987) and producer Co-starred with father Kirk, mother Diana, and son Cameron in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Milestones

2003

Co-stars opposite ex-husband Kirk and son Michael in comedy-drama "It Runs in the Family."

1988

Small role in John Hughes comedy "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

1985

Supporting role as Professor Tyler in final season of legal school drama "The Paper Chace."

1974

Co-starred in TV drama "The Cowboys" as a ranch matriarch.

1955

Co-starred opposite ex-husband Kirk Douglas in western drama "The Indian Fighter."

1952

Starred in India-set romantic drama "Monsoon."

1952

Female lead in aerial adventure "Storm Over Tibet."

1948

First credited film role in "Let's Live Again."

Bonus Trivia

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Her father, Thomas Melville Dill, served as Bermuda's Attorney General.

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Began her career as a model. Her May 3, 1943 cover of Life caught the attention of a young GI and aspiring actor named Kirk Douglas.

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