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William David (Blum) Darrid (1923 - 1992)

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William David "Bill" Darrid formerly Blum
Born in New York City, New York, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USAmap
[children unknown]
Died in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USAmap
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Born William David Blum, Bill Darrid was a Broadway Producer and writer and was the husband of Diana Dill, former wife of Kirk Douglas.[1]

William David Blum was born 8 March 1923,[2] in New York City.[1] His parents were Morton G. Blum and and Edna Levino[3]

William changed his name about Dec 1941, when his Social Security records noted the change of name.[3]

Before his Broadway acting career William served in the Army during World War II.[1]

He married Diana Dill, Dec. 1956, in Westport, Connecticut, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. She was the former wife of Kirk Douglas, and Darrid helped raise her sons Michael and Joel Douglas. The groom's brother,[1] John Blum, was his best man, and Diana was attended by her sister Mrs. Ruth Crocket.[4]

He produced Broadway versions of "The Disenchanted," with Jason Robards, in 1958, and the following year, "The Andersonville Trial," , with George C. Scott as the director and star.[1]

"In 1962, Mr. Darrid joined the Music Corporation of America and helped to develop properties for film, theater and television. He became the head of the agency's literary division in 1966."[1]

In the 1970's the family moved to Los Angeles. He wrote two novels, "Solomon Moon" and "The Blooding," screenplays and television scripts.[1]

William Darrid, age 69, died on Saturday ,15 July 1992,[2] of a respiratory illness, at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "William Darrid, 69, Producer and Writer." New York Times Obituaries. July 16, 1992.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Social Security Death Index, Social Security Administration.
  3. 3.0 3.1 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
  4. "Kirk Douglas' Ex Weds" Boston Daily Record (Boston, Massachusetts). Saturday, December 15, 1956 p. 9

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