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 will be available on May 2, 2017. This link will enable you to pre-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.

Kirk and Anne Douglas Honored at Los Angeles Mission Gala

--from Los Angeles Mission, Sept 21, 2011

It was an evening to remember at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, September 21st, 2011, as the Los Angeles Mission
celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a special gala event.


Wednesday’s black-tie gala was the first of its kind for the Mission, and honored Anne and Kirk Douglas with the inaugural “Anne Douglas Center for Women Award” for their outstanding and continuous work on behalf of the women’s center at the Los Angeles Mission named for Mrs. Douglas. The stunning award was designed, created, and donated by Tiffany & Co.

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Dream night for Douglas Family: Michael Douglas honored at Film Festival event

--from Daily Sound, Oct 15, 2011

Michael Douglas on Thursday night was honored with the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 6th annual black-tie Gala dinner took place at The Four Seasons Biltmore Thursday night.

“The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should be honored here” Kirk Douglas said in a statement. “To tell the truth, I wanted Michael to be a lawyer. I secretly hoped he would be bad so I could tell him to forget it. He wasn’t. But as proud as I am of his achievements on screen, I am even prouder of the humanitarian work he has done for the United Nations and other organizations. I am very happy to give this award to my favorite actor/producer who also happens to be my firstborn son.”

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Kirk Douglas wins tribute for breaking Hollywood blacklist

--from JTA, Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- Ask Kirk Douglas for the proudest accomplishment in his 94 years and the iconic actor cites his actions in breaking the infamous Hollywood blacklist.

Douglas did so by giving writer Dalton Trumbo full credit for the script of the movie “Spartacus,” normally a routine acknowledgment. But in 1960, openly employing an accused communist or communist sympathizer was an almost guaranteed career killer, even for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and required an extraordinary degree of moral courage. 

“I was always an impulsive guy and young enough not to pay attention to the possible consequences of openly hiring Trumbo,” Douglas, now 94, recalls in an interview at his relatively modest, art-filled home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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S.F. Jewish Film Festival honoring Kirk Douglas

--from Michael Ordona, San Francisco Chronicle, July 17, 2011

"Do I talk too much?" asks Kirk Douglas on a couch in an open, book-lined room. "When I have to do a movie, because of my impediment, 'Honey,' I say to my wife, 'I (don't know if) I'll talk tonight.' She says, 'Kirk, when they put a microphone in front of you, you will talk.' "

The once-upon-a-time Issur Danielovitch is now 94 years old, 65 years past his screen debut in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" and 15 years removed from a stroke that has made speaking a struggle. "Can you understand my impaired speech? I'm always surprised because sometimes I can't understand myself," he cracks in the sunny Douglas home in Beverly Hills.

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Still a star at 94: Flirty Kirk Douglas steals the show at the Oscars

--from Rachel Quigley, The Daily Mail, March 1, 2011

He ambled on to the stage with the help of a walking stick and his speech was a little garbled.

But these were the only signs that Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas is getting on in years - 94 years to be exact.

The three-time Oscar nominee kick-started the 83rd Academy Awards with gusto, presenting the third of the night for Best Supporting Actress.

And despite suffering a stroke in the nineties, it appears he is still as sharp as a button.

Immediately flirting with co-presenter Anne Hathaway when he arrived on stage he asked: 'Where were you when I was making movies?'

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