Susan Lucci from 'All My Children' Shares Fond Memories & Expresses Her Condolences Following Kirk Douglas' Death

Susan Lucci recently opened up about her memories of actor Kirk Douglas, after media outlets announced his death.

Hours after the news of Kirk Douglas became public; Susan Lucci has opened up about her memories of the actor.

 Actor Susan Lucci attends the Adapt Leadership Awards Gala 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Susan Lucci attends the Adapt Leadership Awards Gala 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street | Photo: Getty Images

The actress, who had spoken exclusively to ET Online at the American Heart Association's Annual Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection fashion show, stated that:

"He was really an inspiration for many people in the industry and a good man. I wish his family all the best."

The 73-year-old recalled that she had seen how close the Douglas family was when she saw how nicely Kirk's daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, treated him at a function.

Although Kirk and his second wife, Anne Buydens, were together for decades, there was no love lost between them when they first met in 1953.

Closer Weekly recounted that even though Kirk was seen as one of Hollywood's Golden Age icons Anne was unimpressed when he asked her out on a date.

As it turned out, she had turned down his first request to take her on a date.

The pair, who released their joint book, "Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood," revealed that Anne had opted to go home to "make scrambled eggs" instead.

Actor Kirk Douglas attends the 25th anniversary celebration of the Anne Douglas Center at Los Angeles Mission | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Kirk Douglas attends the 25th anniversary celebration of the Anne Douglas Center at Los Angeles Mission | Photo: Getty Images

Despite Kirk's many attempts to win his future wife over with his admirable acting skills and striking good looks, she refused to be his woman.

Anne kept denying Kirk's advances until the day she saw him unexpectedly scoop elephant dung while dressed head to toe in an elegant tuxedo.

The 100-year-old divulged that it was at that moment she realized that "he was able to do things that are not expected from him" and fell for him.

The duo eventually began dating, got married in 1954, and welcomed their two children – Peter and Eric – later on.

Soon after People confirmed the 103-year-old's passing, many celebrities, including William Shatner, George Takei, and Mitzi Gaynor took to various social media platforms to react.

The stars agreed that Kirk had lived "a very fulfilling 103 years" with millions of "fans who will always remember his great performances as an actor."

 Film Star Kirk Douglas in Rome airport on his way to a safari in Kenya. | Photo: Getty Images

Film Star Kirk Douglas in Rome airport on his way to a safari in Kenya. | Photo: Getty Images

During his acting career, Kirk featured in over ninety-two movies with most loving him for breaking the Hollywood blacklist after he hired screenwriter, Trumbo, to write the 1960 film, "Spartacus."

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