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.
Javier Bardem to Star in ‘Cortes’ Miniseries from Steven Spielberg and Amazon
- Created on Sunday, 01 April 2018
- Written by Hoai-Tran Bui
--slashfilm.com March 27, 2018
Nobody expects a Spanish conquistador miniseries.
But a miniseries about the legendary Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés developed by Steven Spielberg will soon be sailing to a small screen near you. Amazon has greenlit a Cortes miniseries and tapped Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem to play the titular conquistador.
Amazon Studios has made a straight-to-series order for the four-hour Cortes miniseries from Amblin Television and Steven Spielberg, The Tracking Board reports based on an initial report from Deadline.
Created and written by Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), the Cortes miniseries will follow Hernán Cortes as he leads a “rebellious expedition” to King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire. Cortes was famous for bringing about the fall of the Aztec Empire and leading the first phase of the colonization of the Americas by Spanish conquistadors.
Sharon Yguado, Amazon’s head of scripted series, praised the A-list team behind the project, which Spielberg initially began developing as a potential feature film. Yguado said:
“Cortés’ epic discoveries shaped the world as we know it today, and through the minds of Amblin, Steven Spielberg, Steve Zaillian and Javier Bardem, we will bring Prime Video members on an exhilarating journey. There are few moments in history that shape an entire culture such as Cortés’ story, and this series will be one filled with drama and adventure.”
The project is based off a long-gestating script by the late Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo originally wrote the script (then known as Montezuma) in the 1960s, a decade after he was blacklisted as part of the Hollywood Ten at the height of McCarthyism paranoia. Montezuma explored the relationship between Cortes and the Aztec emperor Montezuma and was originally planned as reunion between Trumbo and his Spartacus star Kirk Douglas.
Spielberg revived the project in 2014 at DreamWorks with the intention to direct a script by Zaillian. Bardem was also his first choice to star. Now, Bardem will executive produce the series alongside Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Bardem said of the miniseries announcement:
“It is a privilege to tell this epic story— one that is full of drama and conflict within this huge, historical spectacle where two distant civilizations clash at the height of their reign. The best and worst of human nature came to life in all its light and darkness. As an actor, there is no better challenge than to serve such a unique project that I have been passionate about for years.
Bardem’s casting finally brings the long stalled project back to life. An immensely talented and acclaimed star, Bardem lends the series even more credence, allowing Amazon to throw its full-fledged support behind it.
Hero on the big screen–and in real life
- Created on Tuesday, 13 February 2018
- Written by Nestor U. Torre
--Phillipine Daily Enquirer February 13, 2018
Aside from the recent Golden Globe awards rites’ focus on female empowerment and anti-exploitation campaigns, one of its most attention-calling and inspiring moments was the appearance of the iconic action-drama star, Kirk Douglas. What made his participation memorable was his advanced age—101 years old!
Very few other entertainment luminaries (George Burns was one of them) have attained centenarian status, so Douglas’ feat itself is worth celebrating.
But, what makes it even more remarkable is the fact that, some years ago, he had a medical crisis that placed his survival in serious doubt—and robbed him of his normal speaking voice.
At the Golden Globes, it was heartening to see that the
“unsinkable” star could speak again, if only weakly. With the help and “interpretative” gift of his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Douglas was able to communicate his best wishes to his younger colleagues and to millions of home viewers.
The seniors among them recalled Douglas’ halcyon days as a true-blue Hollywood sensation, starring in some memorable movies, like “Spartacus,” “Lonely are the Brave” and “Inherit the Wind.”
Douglas even portrayed the famously idiosyncratic artist, Vincent van Gogh, in a live-action bio film, predating last year’s “Loving Vincent” by many decades.
But, one of his most appreciated achievements in his long career was the key role he played in fighting film censorship in American movies.
An industry-wide, anticommunist witch hunt in the 1950s, prevented some gifted film artists from finding employment—but, Douglas was one of the few actor-producers who dared to counter the curtailment of artistic freedom.
He secretly got the gifted screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, to write some screenplays for him, thus saving him from dire penury. And, years later, he even got the industry to officially acknowledge and honor Trumbo’s once-verboten authorship.
It takes guts to do what’s forbidden, but Douglas was an authentically brave man, not just in his onscreen exploits, but also in real life.
So, at 101 (and counting), he’s emerged as a true-blue hero in Hollywood, exceptional and honored not just for his ability to survive, but also to continue to excel and inspire!
Kirk Douglas Cradles His Great-Granddaughter in Multi-Generational Photo with Grandson Cameron
- Created on Thursday, 18 January 2018
- Written by Karen Mizoguchi
--People January 17, 2018
Kirk Douglas shared a sweet moment with his first great-granddaughter, the child of his oldest grandchild.
The 101-year-old screen legend posed for a family portrait with grandson Cameron Douglas, 39, and his 4-week-old daughter Lua Izzy, whom he shares with girlfriend Viviane Thibes.
“Words cannot express…. #Powerful #Bloodline,” Cameron captioned the picture of the three generations on Instagram Tuesday.
Aside from their bloodline, the iconic actor and his great-grandchild also share a name as Cameron’s daughter’s middle name is a tribute to her great-grandfather, who was born Issur Danielovitch, and later went by Izzy.
Missing from the picture to complete the multi-generational family photo was Kirk’s son and Cameron’s father, Michael Douglas, who previously shared the first photo of Lua Izzy when she was three days old.
Cameron and Viviane welcomed their first child together in December with Michael, 73, exclusively revealing the name of the couple’s daughter to PEOPLE in a statement: “[We’re] all ecstatic about baby Lua!”
While the Wall Street actor was not present in Tuesday’s photo, he was included in another family image that was also shared by Cameron two days prior.
“What it’s all about #Blessed with #Family,” he wrote alongside a picture that featured the father-son pair smiling with Cameron’s half-siblings, 17-year-old Dylan Michael and 14-year-old Carys Zeta, whose mother is Michael’s second wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“Dylan and Carys love being an aunt and uncle and we’re so happy to be her Bubba and Zeze,” Michael previously told PEOPLE, speaking of the names the baby will know him and his wife as.
101-Year-Old Kirk Douglas Receives Standing Ovation While Presenting a Golden Globe
- Created on Tuesday, 09 January 2018
- Written by Meg Swertlow
--ENews January 7, 2018
He is Spartacus!
Normally standing ovations are reserved for the night's winners, but at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards the A-list audience honored 101-year-old screen great Kirk Douglas when he came on stage to present the award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Before he came on a stage in his wheelchair, a brief montage of Douglas' career played for the crowd showing scenes Spartacus, Lust for Life, Detective Story and more.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Steven Spielberg, William H. Macy and many more rose to their feet to applaud the aging actor and his illustrious career.
Zeta Jones briefly introduced the esteemed star, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 1996.
"In 1991, my father-in-law, this living Hollywood legend Kirk, was recognized by the Writer's Guild of America for his role in ending the Hollywood black list," she said.
"He not only hired the black-listed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the epic Spartacus, but he also made sure he was given his proper screen credit for his work.
Douglas, who is the father of Michael Douglas, responded, "Catherine, you said it all." He added, "I can never follow you."