Diana Douglas


Born:Diana Love Dill

Description: Actress

Known For: Martha Evans in The Days of Our Lives (1977–1979, 1982).

Date Born: January 22, 1923
Location Born: Bermudian-born American

Date Died: July 3, 2015
Location Died: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles Aged 92

Web Site:   Diana Douglas at the Internet Movie Database

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Diana Douglas (born Diana Love Dill; January 22, 1923 – July 3, 2015) was a Bermudian-born American actress and comedienne. She was known for her marriage to actor Kirk Douglas, from 1943 until their divorce in 1951. She was the mother of Michael and Joel Douglas.

In 1942, Douglas began her career as an actress and appeared in more than 50 films. Some of her well-known roles were as Susan Rogers in The Indian Fighter (co-starring Kirk Douglas) and as Peg in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. She was also known for her recurring role as Martha Evans in The Days of Our Lives (1977–1979, 1982). In 2003, she appeared in It Runs in the Family with her ex-husband Kirk and son Michael. She retired from acting in 2008.

Douglas was born Diana Love Dill in Devonshire, Bermuda on January 22, 1923. Her father Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill (also the name of her great-grandfather, a mariner) was a former Member of the Colonial Parliament (MCP) (representing the Parish of Devonshire in the Parliament of Bermuda), Attorney General of Bermuda, and former Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery. Her mother Ruth Rapalje (née Neilson) had roots in New Jersey. Douglas’ brother Bayard was a prominent lawyer and politician. Her sister Ruth was married to John Seward Johnson I, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. Douglas’ father was from a prominent Bermudian family, present on the island since the early 17th century.

Her ancestry included English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, and French. Douglas was brought up in the Church of England.

In 1942 Douglas began her career in a minor, uncredited role in Keeper of the Flame.[4] She went on to appear in many films during the 1950s and 1960s, her most notable role[citation needed] being Susan Rogers in The Indian Fighter. During the 1960s and 1970s, she appeared in a variety of television programs (such as the General Electric Theater and Naked City), her best known television role being Lily Chernak Donnally on Love Is a Many Splendored Thing. She also played Poco on Three Steps to Heaven and Martha Evans in Days of Our Lives. Following the cancellation of Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, she played Annie (a role played in the motion picture by Coleen Dewhurst) in The Cowboys. She has also appeared in Roots: The Next Generations and on The Waltons.

In 1999, her autobiography In the Wings: A Memoir was published. In It Runs in the Family, Douglas appeared with her son Michael and grandson Cameron and later appeared in CBS’s Cold Case and the Season 15 ER episode “Heal Thyself” in 2008, the year that she retired from acting.

Personal life and death

Douglas was married to Kirk Douglas, with whom she had studied acting before World War II. During the war, Douglas was serving in the U.S. Navy when he saw the May 3, 1943, issue of Life magazine, which featured a photograph of Dill on the cover. He showed the cover to his shipmates and said that he would marry her. The two were married on November 2, 1943. They had two sons, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951.

She married actor Bill Darrid, and the couple lived with her sons on the East Coast of the United States until his death in 1992. In 2002 Douglas married Donald Webster in the old Devonshire Parish Church in Bermuda. On July 3, 2015, Douglas died in the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles of cancer at the age of 92.


1942 Keeper of the Flame
1947 The Late George Apley
1948 Let’s Live Again
1948 The Sign of the Ram
1949 House of Strangers
1949 Photocrime (TV Series)
1950 Masterpiece Playhouse – The Rivals
1950 The Web – Key Witness (TV Episode)
1951 The Whistle at Eaton Falls
aka Richer Than the Earth (UK)
1952 Armstrong Circle Theatre – Mr. Bemiss Takes a Trip (TV Episode)
1951 Storm Over Tibet (Elaine March Simms)
aka Mask of the Himalayas (USA: alternative title)
aka Sturm über Tibet (West Germany)
1953 Monsoon
1953 Studio One – Greed
aka Studio One Summer Theatre (summer title)
aka Studio One in Hollywood (new title)
aka Summer Theatre (summer title)
aka Westinghouse Studio One
aka Westinghouse Summer Theatre (summer title) (TV Episode)
1953 Medallion Theatre – The Decision at Arrowsmith (TV Episode)
1953 Three Steps to Heaven Mary Claire ‘Pogo’ Thurmond Morgan #2
1953 Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht’s Tales of the City
– Episode 1.6 (TV Episode)
1955 General Electric Theater – The Seeds of Hate
aka G.E. Theater (USA: informal short title) (TV Episode) Nora
1955 The Indian Fighter Actor [Starring] Susan Rogers
1956 Medic
– Reach of the Giant: Part 2 (TV Episode) Edith Martin
– Reach of the Giant: Part 1 (TV Episode) Edith Martin
1956 Science Fiction Theatre
– Brain Unlimited (TV Episode) Elaine Conover
– End of Tomorrow (TV Episode)Jane Brandon
1956 West Point
aka The West Point Story
– Officer’s Wife (TV Episode)
1953 Robert Montgomery Presents
– Element of Risk (TV Episode)
aka Lucky Strike Theater
aka Montgomery’s Summer Stock
aka The Robert Montgomery Summer Theater
1956 Robert Montgomery Presents
– Goodbye, Grey Flannel (TV Episode)
1959 Naked City
– The Scorpion Sting (TV Episode) Meg
– Even Crows Sing Good (TV Episode) Hilda
1964 Flipper
– The Second Time Around (TV Episode) Mrs. Granville
1965 For the People
– The Influence of Fear (TV Episode)
1965 Ben Casey
– War of Nerves (TV Episode) Martha English
1967 N.Y.P.D.
– The Boy Witness (TV Episode) Mrs. Whitaker
1970 Loving
1967 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (TV)
1971 Hawkins (TV) Episode A Life for a Life (Clara Guilfoyle)
Episode Die Die, Darling (Clara Guilfoyle)

1973 Kung Fu (TV) Episode The Tong (Sister Richardson)

1974 The Streets of San Francisco [TV] Episode Chapel of the Damned

1974 The Cowboys (TV Series) (Mrs. Annie Andersen)
1975 Dead Man on the Run [TV]
1977 Un Autre Homme Une Autre Chance (aka Another Man, Another Chance; aka Another Man, Another Woman
1977 Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid [TV]
1978 A Fire in the Sky [TV]
1979 Roots: The Next Generations
1981 Jaws of Satan (aka King Cobra)
1982 Sister, Sister [TV]
1983 The Star Chamber
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles
1987 Beauty and the Beast [TV] Episode 8: Song of Orpheus

1992 A Town Torn Apart [TV] (aka Doc: The Dennis Littky Story)
1992 Cold Heaven
2003 It Runs in the Family