Kirk Douglas And Anne Buydens Wed In 1954, But Their Marriage Has Not Been A Traditional Affair

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Buydens herself had entered the world in April 1919 and had spent the early years of her life in Hanover, Germany. When the future publicist was just a teenager, though, her family packed their bags for Belgium. And even though another relocation – this time to Switzerland – was ultimately in the offing, the young Buydens still kept up her studies.

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But Buydens’ journey across Europe didn’t end there. In time she relocated to the French capital of Paris, where her multilingual skills earned her a job as a movie subtitler. Then Buydens changed tack in the early 1950s by setting up shop as a publicist – a move that eventually led to her meeting Douglas.

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By contrast, Douglas – then known as Issur Danielovitch – had grown up in Amsterdam, New York, with his parents Herschel and Bryna. His folks had previously moved to the U.S. from their original home of Chavusy – a town located in the old Russian Empire. Yet this relocation didn’t immediately pay financial dividends; in fact, the couple really struggled for funds during their son’s early years.

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