Diana Douglas Webster, the mother of actor Michael Douglas and an actor in her own right, died Friday night in a Woodland Hills, California, hospital. She was 92.
Her third husband, Donald Webster, confirmed her death, which followed a battle with cancer.
Webster was born Diana Love Dill in Bermuda in 1922 to a prominent family. Her father was a lawyer and the attorney general of the territory. One of her ancestors was Peter Stuyvesant, New York's last Dutch governor, CNN reported.
She later moved to New York, where she studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then to California after signing a contract with Warner Bros. Webster first appeared on film in 1942 in "Keeper of the Flame," and later became a Powers Agency model, appearing on the cover of Life magazine in 1943. During her career, she appeared in some 22 films, including "Monsoon" (1952) and "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" (1987).
Webster also acted in numerous TV shows, including the "West Wing" and "ER." Her final film appearance was in 2003, in "It Runs In The Family," which also starred Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and her grandson Cameron, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
She married Kirk Douglas in 1943. Their first son, Michael, was born in 1944; the couple divorced in 1951. The parting was amicable, according to Kirk Douglas' book, "Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning."
In 1956 Webster married Bill Darrid, a producer on Broadway. Their marriage ended with his death in 1992. In 2002 she married Donald Webster.
"She had many talents. She had an amazing circle of friends who really loved and cared about her, the kindest people you would meet," Webster said, according to CNN. "She was a great lady, truly an exceptional person."
Diana Douglas Webster is survived by her sons, Michael and Joel, and three grandchildren.