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Diana Webster (Dill)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bermuda
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Cause of death: Cancer
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Melville Dill and Ruth Rapalje Dill
Wife of <private> Webster
Ex-wife of Kirk Douglas and <private> Darrid
Mother of Michael Douglas and <private> Douglas (demsky)
Sister of Sir Nicholas Bayard Dill; <private> Dill; Thomas Newbold Dill; <private> Dill and <private> Dill

Managed by: Patrick Lee Schoettmer
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About Diana Dill

Diana Dill is a Bermuda-born American actress, who has also appeared professionally under the names Diana Douglas and Diana Douglas Darrid.

Diana Love Dill was born in Bermuda, the daughter of Ruth Rapalje (née Neilson) and Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Melville Dill (also the name of her great-grandfather, a mariner), who was a former Attorney General of Bermuda, and former Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery. Hers is a prominent Bermuda family, present on the island since the very early 17th century. Her sister, Ruth Dill, was married to John Seward Johnson I, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune.

She was once married to Kirk Douglas, with whom she had studied acting before the Second World War. During the War, Douglas was serving in the US 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.

Dill married actor Bill Darrid, and the two lived with Diana's sons on the US East Coast until his death in 1992. In 2002 Dill married Donald Webster, in the old Devonshire Parish Church in Bermuda.

Dill continued to appear in films with Kirk Douglas, most recently in 2003, when he played her husband in It Runs in the Family, in which son Michael Douglas and his son Cameron also acted. Joel Douglas was an associate producer of the film.

As Diana Douglas Darrid, she published her memoirs, In the Wings: A Memoir (1999) (ISBN 1-56980-151-7), with a preface by her son, Michael. The book received a favorable nod from Publishers Weekly.

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Diana Dill's Timeline

1923
January 22, 1923
Bermuda
1943
November 2, 1943
Age 20
1944
September 25, 1944
Age 21
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
1951
1951
Age 27
1956
1956
Age 32
1992
1992
Age 68
2002
2002
Age 78
2015
July 3, 2015
Age 92
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States