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.

AMERICAN NIGHT Opens 3/11 at Kirk Douglas Theatre

“American Night: The Ballad of Juan José,” written by Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, and directed by Bonney, opens Sunday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Performances begin March 9 and continue through April 1, 2012. 

The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Stephanie Beatriz, Rodney Gardiner, David Kelly, Terri McMahon, René Millán, Richard Montoya, Kimberly Scott, Herbert Siguenza and Daisuke Tsuji.

The choreography is by Ken Roht, scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Darron L West, projection design by Shawn Sagady. The production stage manager is Randall K. Lum. 

“American Night,” a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, tells the story of Juan José, a resident alien on the night before his U.S. citizenship test.  As Juan crams for his exam he finds himself transported through history into some of the chapters left out of the history books. Filtered through Culture Clash’s unique satirical sensibility, the American Dream morphs into an exhaustion-fueled flight of fantasy through the darker nooks and crannies of Juan José’s chosen homeland.“American Night” premiered in June 2010 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where it was the inaugural production in “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle.” 

Tickets for “American Night” are available online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.  

Kirk Douglas on Trumbo

--the following letter to the editor appeared in the New York Times on December 28, 2011

To the Editor:

It was with great pleasure that I read “Trumbo Gets His Due for ‘Roman Holiday’ ” (ArtsBeat, Dec. 21). Although it has been said that justice delayed is justice denied, in this case that maxim does not apply.

Dalton Trumbo was my friend and one of the finest screenwriters of the 20th century. He told me that because he was blacklisted, he couldn’t sell “Roman Holiday” under his own name.

In 1959, when I broke the blacklist and gave Dalton Trumbo screen credit for writing “Spartacus,” it was one of the proudest decisions of my life.

I congratulate the Writers Guild of America, West; Tim Hunter, son of the screenwriter who received the credit for “Roman Holiday”; and the late Christopher Trumbo, Dalton’s son, for working tirelessly to see that justice was finally done.

KIRK DOUGLAS
Beverly Hills, Calif., Dec. 22, 2011

Speaking Up: Kirk Douglas responds

--from Kirk Douglas, December 20, 2011

Here's a letter I wrote that was printed by Vanity Fair last September. I'm reminded of it because Christopher Hitchens, who inspired the letter, died of his esophageal cancer just this week:

I was very moved by Christopher Hitchens’s article on his bout with esophageal cancer, which caused him to lose his voice.

Fifteen years ago, I suffered a stroke, which caused me to lose my speech. Now, what does an actor who can’t talk do? Wait for silent pictures to come back? I work with a speech therapist twice a week. Open your mouth wide—stick out your tongue as far as you can and hold it. Massage your cheeks and lips, etc. I do my exercises daily, usually in the morning while my wife, Anne, is driving me to the office. Once, we stopped at a red light, and I had my tongue stuck out as far as I could. Over my shoulder, I could see a driver sticking his tongue out at me. We both maintained our positions until the light turned green.

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Kirk Douglas Turns 95!

--from John Farr, Huffington Post, Dec 8, 2011

Should we call him "Spartacus"? Or "Champion"? Both names certainly fit the man.

Kirk Douglas turns 95 tomorrow, and he is still very much with us. (Over the past couple of years, I've spotted him and his beloved wife Anne twice in New York City, once in a restaurant and once at the theatre.)

He embodies the American Dream because he seized it with the same intensity that animated his characters on-screen. Born in Amsterdam, New York to impoverished immigrant parents, from early days he had a burning desire to perform, and saw acting as his ticket to a better life. He received a scholarship at the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, earning food money as a gardener and janitor.

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Kirk Douglas on TCM

--from Andre Soares, Alt Film Guide, Sept 6, 2011

Kirk Douglas is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of September. Douglas has had one of the longest and most prestigious film careers anywhere in the world. That's probably because enough audience members loved how Douglas ferociously attacked his characters — instead of merely bringing them to life.

The 94-year-old actor (who'll be turning 95 next December 9) starred or was featured in numerous major classics — and a number of minor ones — from the mid-'40s to the mid'-60s, nabbing three Best Actor Oscar nominations along the way.

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