Veteran film star Kirk Douglas and wife Anne said “I do” for the second time in 50 years at a hilltop mansion, renewing the marriage vows the couple first took when they eloped to Las Vegas in 1954.
The couple reaffirmed their commitment before 300 friends and family members in a traditional Jewish ceremony yesterday at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, said the star’s long-time publicist Warren Cowan.
The elegant Gothic landmark is often used as a set for films and television programmes.
Guests included former first lady Nancy Reagan, Merv Griffin, Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, Vidal Sassoon and Anjelica Huston.
As Anne Douglas, aged 74, walked down the aisle, musicians switched from the first bars of the wedding march to Sammy Cahn’s Love and Marriage.
The star of Spartacus and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea walked to the rose-adorned chupah, a canopy, to the strains of I’m in the Mood for Love.”
The couple first married on Kirk Douglas’ day off while he was filming 20,000 Leagues, said Cowan, who was the best man at that wedding.
“The two met in Paris. She was here on a visa and was about to go back. He didn’t want to take a chance of losing her,” Cowan said. “So they went to Vegas.”
The Douglas’s’ son, Peter, his wife and four children attended the ceremony, as did one of Kirk Douglas’ sons from his first marriage, producer Joel Douglas.
His other two sons from his first marriage, actors Eric and Michael, were unable to attend.
Michael Douglas was accompanying his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is filming a new movie in Europe, Cowan said.
During the celebration, Douglas sang his wife a song he’d written. The title was a simple request – Please Stay in Love with Me.