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US actress Diana Douglas dies aged 92

Kirk Douglas, Diana Douglas and their son, actor Michael Credit: Reuters

US actress and model, Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and the mother of Michael Douglas, has died aged 92.

Douglas passed away from cancer at a retirement home in California on Friday, her husband of 15 years, Donald Webster, told NBC News.

"She was a truly lovely person and a really great lady," Webster, 84, said.

A film, TV and theatre actress for more than 60 years, Douglas starred in Dallas, ER, The West Wing and Planes Trains and Automobiles.

In May 1943, the Bermuda-born actress was spotted on the cover of Life magazine by her future husband, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas's production company, Furthur Films.

"Kirk Douglas, by then serving in the Navy during World War II, saw her on the cover and told his shipmates he would marry her," it said.

The couple had two sons, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951.

Douglas was later married to Broadway writer and producer, Bill Darrid, in 1956 until he died in 1992. She then married Webster in 2002.

Douglas' last movie appearance was in "It Runs in The Family," which she co-starred in with Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Cameron Douglas, her grandson.