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.
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.
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.