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.

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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 VikingsLust For LifePaths 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.

2017 Los Angeles Mission Gala To Honor Catherine Zeta-Jones

--Cision Newswire October 17, 2017

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The Los Angeles Mission has announced that its 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala will honor multiple award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.  (She has won the Academy Award, the SAG Award, a BAFTA, the Tony Award and numerous other acting accolades.)  Jones will be honored with Anne Douglas's namesake Award at the November 9th gala.  (Ticket/Sponsorship information here.)

Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio will receive the Legacy of Vision Award at the Mission's gala.  He is the owner of the popular new restaurant ink.well.

The gala event will be hosted by Michaela Pereira, Anchor and host of the daily program "Michaela" on HLN.  Music will be provided by country music star Adam Craig.

The Anne Douglas Award is given each year to the person who has made significant contributions to the community.  The award is named for Mrs. Douglas, the benefactor of the Los Angeles Mission's Anne Douglas Center for Women and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.  Information and tickets are available by calling the Mission at 213-629-1227, ext. 325.

Sponsors for the event included the Johnny Carson Foundation, the Goldwin Foundation, American Airlines, City National Bank, Go Country 105, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, Resource One and Shapiro West Productions.

For more than 80 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing.  In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.

Go to www.losangelesmission.org for more information about the Los Angeles Mission.

Hollywood Legend Kirk Douglas Continues to Be in Good Health Ahead of His 101st Birthday

--Closer  October 14, 2017

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since Kirk Douglas turned 100. Since the Hollywood icon is gearing up to celebrate his 101st birthday on Saturday, Dec. 9, many fans are wondering how he and his 98-year-old wife, Anne Buydens, are doing today. Keep reading for a health update on Kirk!

This time last year, the couple of 63 years stepped out several times to commemorate Kirk’s impressive milestone birthday. The big day was fêted at the Beverly Hills Hotel by a star-studded group that included the late Don Rickles, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Kirk's son Michael Douglas and his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones. Those at the event said the centenarian looked to be in good shape, walking into the celebration with confidence.

That was further confirmed by Kirk's 17-year-old grandson — Michael and Catherine’s son — Dylan, who posted a video of the man of the hour ahead of his special night. The Instagram clip showed the Spartacus actor sporting a tracksuit and dancing with more energy than men half his age have. “Happy 100th, Pappy. Love you with all my heart️(I swear he's not crazy),” the teen captioned the sweet clip.

Kirk's good health today comes 20 years after he suffered a severe stroke which permanently impaired his speech. At the time, doctors told his wife he may never talk again, but through daily therapy, he was able to regain (limited) speaking ability. In fact, just two months later, he stepped onstage at the 1996 Academy Awards to accept an honorary Oscar. This difficult period of time was documented in his book, My Stroke of Luck, which he wrote to help other families of stroke victims.

In February 2017, Kirk released his 12th book, Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood, featuring decades-worth of letters exchanged between himself and his wife. Around that time, he did an interview with The Guardian — his most recent media appearance — where he admitted he “never, ever thought I would live to be 100."

The reporter detailed that the legend was in good spirits, despite needing a walker and a group of nurses to help him get through his day. The impact of Kirk's ‘96 stroke was still evident in his slurred diction, but his mind was sharp. He and his longtime love even told Fox News they still partake in date night. “We spend what we call the ‘golden hour’ together at around 6:30 each night,” he said at the time. “We’ll sit and talk and laugh and share our day and our thoughts with each other.”

Judi Dench Named Recipient Of Santa Barbara Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award Of Excellence

--Deadline Hollywood September 20, 2017

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The award will be presented to the 82-year-old Oscar winning star on Thursday November 30 at a black tie gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa. It is often viewed as a precursor of awards season glory and Dench is once again in the race with two films set for release, including a reprisal of her role as Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul opening this Friday, as well as Murder On The Orient Express due November 10.  The Douglas award has been presented since  2006 and past honorees include last year’s recipient Warren Beatty as well as Jane Fonda,  Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Ed Harris, Quentin Tarantino, and John Travolta.

“I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name,” said the 100 year old Douglas who will turn 101 on December 9.

“She is a consummate  artist of stage and screen who is a particular favorite of mine. I wish I could have had the joy of working with her, but I am happy for the pleasure of seeing my name coupled with hers in support of the Santa Barbara Film Festival.”

Dench won her Oscar in 1999 for Shakespeare In Love. She has been nominated a total of seven times , with other nominations coming for Mrs. Brown, Chocolat, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, and Philomena. She has also won an impressive 11 BAFTA awards out of 26 nominations, as well as two Golden Globe awards among many other career honors. She has also become well known to a whole new audience as M in no fewer than seven James Bond films from Goldeneye through Skyfall.