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.

Living Legend! Kirk Douglas Celebrates 101st Birthday with Wife Anne, Son Michael and Family

--People  December 12, 2017

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Kirk Douglas is truly a living legend.

The screen icon celebrated his 101st birthday on Saturday alongside his wife, Anne, 98. Douglas looked healthy and happy as he was visited by his family, including sons Michael and Joel, and granddaughter Kelsey Douglas.

The Spartacus actor sat beside his wife as he blew out the candle on his cake. The sweet confection bore “101” in large numbers with a stunning design of sunflowers on top of it and a single candle.

The sunflowers honored one of Kirk’s greatest performances as Vincent Van Gogh in the film Lust for Life, according to his son, Michael, who shared the photos on his Facebook page.

In another photo, Kirk was celebrated with a second cake, this one depicting a pair of red boxing gloves that honored his first Academy Award-nominated performance in Champion. The cake bore a sweet message, reading, “Happy Birthday to the Champion.”

His daughter-in-law, Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, couldn’t attend the festivities but wished her father-in-law a happy birthday on Instagram.

“101 today!!!! My darling Pappy on my knee,” she wrote in the caption. “Happy Birthday to my wonderful, inspirational and loving father in law, Kirk. Love you with all my heart. ️#hero”

Dylan Douglas, Zeta-Jones’ son with husband Michael, also wished his grandfather a happy birthday on his Instagram Saturday.

“Happy birthday 101 years and still sexy love you with all my heart Pappy,” Dylan wrote in the caption in a photo where he kissed Kirk’s cheek.

Days before his birthday, Douglas was paid a visit by another Hollywood legend, Dame Judi Dench, who spoke to PEOPLE about meeting him in his Los Angeles home.

The two bonded over their shared Dec. 9 birthday — she turned 83 —and Dench was honored with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Nov. 30.

“I will never forget this moment,” Dench said of meeting Douglas. “He is a legend in our family.”

 

Kirk Douglas Celebrates 101st Birthday: Exclusive Look Inside The Family Party

--Deadline Hollywood  December 10, 2017

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Douglas’ Oscar winning son Michael flew in from New York just to be with his dad on the special day, and then was flying right back to where his eldest son Cameron is about to make him a grandfather – and Kirk a great-grandfather – with the imminent arrival of a baby girl.

Daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones couldn’t be at Douglas’ Beverly Hills home in person but, via FaceTime, sang what I am told was an Oscar-worthy rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

Kirk’s son Joel drove in from the desert and posed for a photo with Michael and Kirk, spelling out 101 with their fingers.  Among other family members there, in addition of course to wife Anne, was granddaughter Kelsey Douglas, who is about to turn 25 and is the latest of the clan to follow grandpa into the acting profession.

Three generations of Douglas thesps (Kirk, Michael, Cameron) memorably appeared together in MGM’s It Runs In The Family (2003)which remains to date the last studio film of Kirk’s career, although  I’m told another guest at the party, CAA’s Fred Specktor, still considers himself the legendary star’s agent should the actor ever decide to go back to work. Douglas is still very active, and his latest book, Kirk And Anne: Letters Of Love, Laughter, And A Lifetime In Hollywood, written with Anne, was released in May.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has cited Kirk as his model for philanthropy, was there. It was just two years ago that I reported, on the occasion of his 99th birthday, that Douglas’ donation of $15 million was made toward building a new Alzheimer’s facility. The Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion will be located at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Woodland Hills Campus (Katzenberg chairs the fund).

Universal Chairman Ron Meyer also came by the lunchtime event and I hear got the same question he always gets: Is he keeping Kirk Douglas Way on the Universal lot free of potholes? The Spartacus set is still a staple on the studio tour.

Among others at the small gathering  were producer George Schlatter and wife Jolene, Neile McQueen Toffel, producer David Permut, writer David Bender, and director Jeff Kanew, who made 1986’s Tough Guys, the last teaming  of Kirk and good friend Burt Lancaster. Kanew also directed Douglas’ autobiographical piece Before I Forget at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.  And perhaps the most important guest was Douglas’ cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah, who per tradition at these annual birthday gatherings brought along the vodka for the one drink a year he allows Kirk to have. Everyone vowed to be back next year to do it all again for the 102nd.

 

 

A Star Is Born: Kirk Douglas turns 101 today

--Los Angeles Times December 9, 2017

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“So much of my life has been make-believe that the characters looked more real than the people around me. For years I'd do three, sometimes four pictures a year. … And what you're acting can be realer than things in your own life.”

Kirk Douglas, 1988, from his autobiography The Ragman’s Son

 

 

Hollywood Royalty! Judi Dench Meets Kirk Douglas Ahead of His 101st Birthday: 'He Is a Legend'

--People  December 6, 2017

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Hollywood royalty came together last week.

Dame Judi Dench and screen icon Kirk Douglas met for the first time ahead of Dench receiving the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Nov. 30. Since the 100-year-old actor was unable to attend, he invited Dench to his Los Angeles home the day before the ceremony.

“I will never forget this moment,” Dench tells PEOPLE of meeting Douglas in this week’s issue. “He is a legend in our family.”

The day after the two swapped stories and bonded over their shared Dec. 9 birthday — she turns 83, he hits 101 — Dench was honored in a ceremony honoring her expansive career. With over 50 tables all named after her movies, guests celebrated the screen legend as some of her past costars and leading names in Hollywood spoke in her behalf.

Tributes were given by Jeff Bridges, Armie Hammer, and her Victoria & Abdul co-star Ali Fazal, who flew over 20 hours from India to be there for her. Fazal said that one of the best pieces of advice Dench gave him was “learn your lines and don’t bump into furniture.”

Dench, for her part, was delighted with the honor, saying it was one of the “best parties I’ve ever been to.”

Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'Victoria and Abdul' Star Judi Dench Receives Kirk Douglas Award

--Hollywood Reporter  December 1, 2017

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Dame Judi Dench, the legendary British actress who is currently vying for her eighth Oscar nomination, for her performance as Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' Victoria and Abdul, was feted with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film on Thursday night at a black-tie gala dinner.

The event, which took place at the Bacara Resort and Spa near Santa Barbara, with all proceeds going to SBIFF's free year-round educational programs, featured tributes to the 82-year-old from her admirer Jeff Bridges, her J. Edgar costar (and this season's Call Me By Your Name best supporting actor contender) Armie Hammer and her Victoria and Abdul costar Ali Fazal.

Afterwards, Dench took the stage to a standing ovation and spoke about what an honor it is to be associated with Douglas, whose entire family she once spent time with in Italy.

Dench, who will turn 83 on Dec. 9 (the same day on which Douglas will turn 101), is best known for the seven films that have brought her Oscar attention — Mrs. Brown (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998, resulting in her one win), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Philomena (2003) — and for appearing as M in eight Bond films between 1995 and 2015.

Past recipients of SBIFF's Kirk Douglas Award, which goes "to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both," include Douglas, John Travolta, Ed Harris, Quentin Tarantino, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, Jessica Lange, Jane Fonda and, last year, Warren Beatty.

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to run Jan. 31-Feb. 10.