Welcome to the Posts section of the official Kirk Douglas website. Its purpose is to let Kirk share his thoughts and activities with you, and to enable you to share your thoughts with him.
Below you’ll find links to the most recent "Reflections" and "Activities" posts.
Clicking the “Reflections” button to the left, you’ll be taken to a page where Kirk, a best-selling writer as well as a movie star, has posted his most recent thoughts and musings.
Clicking the “Activities” button, you’ll be taken to a page where you can learn about current and past goings-on in which Kirk is involved.
Clicking the "Kirk Douglas Theatre" button, you'll get the latest news about productions at the theatre, named to honor Kirk Douglas and established as the newest and most intimate of the Center Theatre Group's spaces, which include the Ahmanson and Mark Taper Theatres at the Los Angeles Music Center.
By clicking “Fan Mail,” you’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts with Kirk.
Kirk Doulgas's new book, written with his wife Anne, Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood is now available. This link will enable you to order a copy, and have part of the proceeds go to the work of The Douglas Foundation.
Film legend Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens, his wife of nearly sixty-three years, look back on a lifetime filled with drama both on and off the screen. Sharing priceless correspondence with each other as well as the celebrities and world leaders they called friends, Kirk and Anne is a candid portrayal of the pleasures and pitfalls of a Hollywood life lived in the public eye.
Compiled from Anne's private archive of letters and photographs, this is an intimate glimpse into the Douglases' courtship and marriage set against the backdrop of Kirk's screen triumphs, including The Vikings, Lust For Life, Paths of Glory, and Spartacus. The letters themselves, as well as Kirk and Anne's vivid descriptions of their experiences, reveal remarkable insight and anecdotes about the legendary figures they knew so well, including Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, the Kennedys, and the Reagans. Filled with photos from film sets, private moments, and public events, Kirk and Anne details the adventurous, oftentimes comic, and poignant reality behind the glamour of a Hollywood life-as only a couple of sixty-two years (and counting) could tell it.
HAL RECEIVES GRANT TO INSTALL MARKER HONORING KIRK DOUGLAS
- Created on Saturday, 05 May 2018
- Written by Recorder News
--The Recorder April 22, 2018
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation of Syracuse, N.Y., has awarded the Historic Amsterdam League a grant for $1,060 to install a historic marker honoring Kirk Douglas, in Amsterdam’s east end. The gold text on the marker’s blue background will read:
FILM LEGEND BORN DEC. 9, 1916
TO IMMIGRANT PARENTS LIVING
AT 46 EAGLE ST. ROSE FROM
POVERTY TO MAKE OVER
90 FILMS IN HOLLYWOOD.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018”
Dan Weaver, president of HAL, with the assistance of HAL trustee, Jackie Murphy, applied for the grant.
“It was important to honor Kirk Douglas while he was still alive,” Weaver said.
Douglas turned 101 in December 2017 and appeared alongside his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones at the Golden Globe Awards in January 2018 to a standing ovation.
“We decided to place the marker in front of the Creative Connections Club House on East Main Street, near Eagle Street, rather than on Eagle Street,” Weaver said. “The marker will be more visible on Main Street and hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the young people who attend the club.”
Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, attended the old Fourth Ward School, which was located behind Creative Connections.
Douglas is one of the few remaining icons from Hollywood’s Golden Era. He starred in “Champion,” “Lonely are the Brave,” “Detective Story,” “Paths of Glory,” “Lust for Life,” “Spartacus” and many other memorable films.
No date for the installation and unveiling of the marker has been set, although hopefully it will be erected before the end of the summer. This is the second marker HAL has placed in the city. The first marker was installed at Shuttleworth Park in 2014.
Read John Wayne and Kirk Douglas’ Hilarious, Never-Before-Seen Telegrams
- Created on Saturday, 05 May 2018
- Written by Brice Sander
--ET April 28, 2018
John Wayne’s legacy lives on in Hollywood -- and now, you can see a whole new side to “The Duke.”
ET can exclusively reveal that Mark Cuban’s HDNET MOVIES is hosting a special “Western Icons” movie event in honor of John Wayne starting May 18, running through the full week of what would have been the classic cowboy’s 111th birthday, May 26. John’s son, Ethan, hosts the special, revealing new secrets from behind the scenes of some of his dad’s biggest films. In addition to sharing stories from his time on his father’s film sets, Ethan is also opening up the Wayne family vault to share some never-before-seen pieces of memorabilia. That includes a series of exchanges John shared with co-star and friend Kirk Douglas via telegram at the end of his life.
“When my father was in the hospital and dying of cancer, he exchanged some letters with Kirk Douglas,” Ethan shares in ET’s exclusive first look. “As a joke, he wrote that he had an extra operation to add a cleft to his chin so he could be like Kirk.”
“Thanks for the telegrams,” John penned. “Oh, by the way, while I was here, I had a little sort of dimple put in my chin. I knew you wouldn’t mind -- Duke.”
“Dear John, Have you ever noticed that I never call you ‘Duke?’” Kirk wrote. “If I were to use a title, it would be no less than King. Please get your a** back here soon. Love, Kirk.”