Diana Dill

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Diana Dill
BornDiana Love Dill
(1923-01-22) January 22, 1923 (age 91)
Bermuda
OccupationActress
Years active1942–2008
Spouse(s)Kirk Douglas (1943–1951)
Bill Darrid (1956–1992; his death)
Donald Albert Webster (2002–present)
ParentsThomas Melville Dill
Ruth Rapalje (neé Neilson)
 
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Diana Dill
BornDiana Love Dill
(1923-01-22) January 22, 1923 (age 91)
Bermuda
OccupationActress
Years active1942–2008
Spouse(s)Kirk Douglas (1943–1951)
Bill Darrid (1956–1992; his death)
Donald Albert Webster (2002–present)
ParentsThomas Melville Dill
Ruth Rapalje (neé Neilson)

Diana Love Dill (born January 22, 1923) is a Bermudian actress, active in the United States, who has also appeared professionally under the names Diana Douglas and Diana Douglas Darrid.

Personal life[edit]

Dill was born in Bermuda. Her mother was Ruth Rapalje (née Neilson), with roots in New Jersey, and her father, Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Melville Dill (also the name of her great-grandfather, a mariner), was a former Attorney General of Bermuda, and former Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery.[1] Her father was from a prominent Bermudian family, present on the island since the very early 17th century. Her ancestry includes English, Scottish, and Dutch.[2] Her brother Bayard was a prominent lawyer and politician. Her sister Ruth was married to John Seward Johnson I, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. Dill was brought up in the Church of England.[3]

Marriage[edit]

Dill was married to Kirk Douglas, with whom she had studied acting before World War II.[4] 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.[5] The two were married on November 2, 1943. They had two sons, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951.[6]

Dill married actor Bill Darrid, and the couple lived with her sons on the U.S. East Coast until his death in 1992. In 2002, Dill married Donald Webster in the old Devonshire Parish Church in Bermuda.[7][8][9]

Family tree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
Diana Dill
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kirk Douglas
 
 
 
 
 
Anne Buydens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diandra Luker
 
Michael Douglas
 
Catherine Zeta-Jones
 
Joel Douglas
 
Peter Douglas
 
Lisa Schoeder
 
Eric Douglas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cameron Douglas
 
Dylan Michael Douglas
 
Carys Zeta Douglas
 
Kelsey Douglas
 
Tyler Douglas
 
Ryan Douglas
 
Jason Douglas
 

Career[edit]

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 and grandson Cameron also acted. Joel Douglas was an associate producer of the film.[4]

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.

Filmography[edit]

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