Michael Douglas Mourns Loss of Mother Diana Douglas Webster: “She Was a Class Act” and Had “Wicked Sense of Humor”

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Michael Douglas opened up about the recent passing of his mother Diana Douglas Webster to Us Weekly at the NYC premiere of Ant-Man on Monday, July 13 Jamie McCarthy/WireImage

She was one of a kind. Michael Douglas opened up about his late mother, Diana Douglas Webster, to Us Weekly while attending the premiere of Ant-Man in NYC on Monday, July 13.

"I'm just digesting it — what happened," Douglas, 70, told Us on the red carpet. "She was a lost generation in terms of — she was a class act. A real lady. A wicked sense of humor. Very bright. Just all around she was a wonderful lady."

Actress Webster (whose credits included The West Wing, Dynasty, and The Waltons) died from cancer at the age of 92 on Friday, July 3. She and Michael Douglas' father, screen legend Kirk Douglas, were married from 1943 to 1951.

Michael Douglas and his mom Diana
Michael Douglas and his mom Diana Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“She taught me more about giving it your best shot," Douglas told Us. "Maintaining decorum. She was English-Bermudian. They have a kind of stiff upper lip. Carry on."

The Unlocked star broke his silence on his mother's death on July 5. "She died peacefully of cancer after having been a patient in palliative care since early June," he wrote via Facebook. "I will love and miss her forever."

Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and their children Dylan and Carys
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas and their children Dylan and Carys attend the European Premiere of Marvel's Ant-Man Fred Duval/FilmMagic

The Oscar winner has been concentrating on work since the tragic loss. He and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their two children — son Dylan, 14, and daughter Carys, 12 — recently hit the red carpet at the London Ant-Man premiere on July 8. On Monday night, he gushed that his kids think he's pretty cool for playing villain Dr. Hank Pym in the Marvel flick.

"It's like I never did anything in my life before," Douglas said. "And I realized, I had a lot of R-rated pictures that they couldn’t see. So it turned out really well."

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