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Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas is an Academy Award–winning actor and author whose legendary work on stage and screen has spanned more than seventy years. Douglas also produced acclaimed films such as Seven Days in May, Paths of Glory, Lonely Are The Brave and The Vikings. His epic film, Spartacus, is credited with ending the practice of blacklisting film professionals like Dalton Trumbo who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and were jailed for their political beliefs.

Entries by Kirk Douglas

Why I Felt Like a Failure When I Didn't Make It on Broadway

(60) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:48 PM

In 1963, I made my last stab at being a hit on Broadway. I bought the rights to Ken Kesey's book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It was a first novel, not yet the bestseller it would eventually become. I was crazy about the book -- maybe not the...

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The Killing of Cecil Reopens a Shameful Memory

(129) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 9:48 PM

While I, too, mourn the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, it revives in me an uncomfortable memory. Some 50 years ago, I went on my first (and only) wild-game hunt -- the most stupid thing I've ever done. But, at the time, I was gung-ho, buying all the...

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Carta abierta a todos los que querrían ser presidente

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:28 AM

Si quieres mi voto en noviembre de 2016, te pido que hagas algo ahora mismo.

EEUU nunca ha reconocido formalmente la atroz maldad de la esclavitud, ni se ha disculpado por ella. Así que pido a republicanos y demócratas por igual que pidan perdón a la ciudadanía estadounidense. Nuestra constante...

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Lettera aperta a tutti quelli che vorrebbero essere Presidente

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Se volete il mio voto a novembre 2016, vi chiedo di fare qualcosa. E di farlo adesso.

L'America non ha mai formalmente riconosciuto, o si è formalmente scusata per quel male indicibile che è la schiavitù. Quindi sto chiedendo ai repubblicani e ai democratici, allo stesso modo, di scusarsi con...

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An Open Letter to All Those Who Would Be President

(226) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 10:52 PM

If you want my vote in November of 2016, I am asking you to do something right now.

America has never formally acknowledged and apologized for the unspeakable evil of slavery. So I am asking Republicans and Democrats alike to apologize to the American people. Our continued...

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Una carta y un reto para los lectores del HuffPost

(8) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Estoy a un paso de cumplir 100 años. Cuando reflexiono sobre las muchas experiencias satisfactorias de mi larga vida, debo incluir en ellas mi correspondencia con algunas de las personas más fascinantes del mundo. Hay un disfrute sensorial especial en la experiencia de escribir una carta, sellar el sobre y...

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A Letter and a Challenge to HuffPost Readers

(38) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 5:18 PM

I am closing in on 100. When I reflect on the many satisfactory experiences of my long life, I must include my correspondence with some of the world's most fascinating people. There is a special sensory enjoyment involved in writing a letter, stamping the envelope and sending it on its...

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I've Made About 90 Feature Films, but These Are the Ones I'm Proudest Of

(22) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Editor's note: For the release of Kirk Douglas' new book, Life Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters, HuffPost Entertainment asked the decorated actor to recall some of the fondest memories from his storied career. We sent Douglas a list of select films, and...

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Remembering My Friend, Elaine Stritch

(46) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:33 PM

I met Elaine Stritch about 70 years ago. She was 19. We had gotten roles in the new Broadway production Woman Bites Dog; she played my girlfriend. During rehearsals I was shocked when they fired her. She was very talented and I liked her. Even then, she had a unique...

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Reflections on Stroke Awareness Month

(16) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 9:59 PM

Twenty-five years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed an official proclamation designating each May as Stroke Awareness Month. It really didn't mean much to me at the time. However, I soon learned that I would be observing Stroke Awareness Month, not only in May, but each day of the year....

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Pope Francis Is a Good Man for All Religions

(128) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 10:34 PM

I am a Jew who loves the Pope. I have always said, "don't be too religious." However, Pope Francis is a good man for all religions. He is a humble person who identifies with the poor.

Those qualities are how the Pope has conducted his papacy so far. During...

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My Birthday Wishes

(254) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 8:15 AM

Today is my 97th birthday. I am a lucky man. I've been married to my wife, Anne, for 60 years and she continues to captivate me.

When you get to be 97, you can reflect on the lessons you've learned in almost a century of life. Mark Twain said,...

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Fiddler on My Roof

(57) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 2:31 PM

My old friend Chaim Topol recently came to Los Angeles for the day. We had lunch and reminisced about 1966.

At that time, I was making the motion picture Cast a Giant Shadow in Israel. I gave the young Israeli actor a job.

From then on, we kept...

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Strictly Speaking

(61) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:08 PM

I had a stroke about 15 years ago. I lost my voice. Now what does an actor do who loses his voice -- give up? No, he waits for silent pictures to come back.

I can joke about it now, but it wasn't funny then. I work on my voice...

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Will Technology Replace Thinking?

(449) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:05 PM

When you get to be 96 years of age the road ahead is short, so you look back at the road you have traveled for almost 100 years.

The first thing you come up against is technology. One night we took our grandchildren out for dinner. I looked around the...

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Reflections on the Day of Atonement

(467) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:45 PM

This Friday at sundown marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. In my faith, it is also called the day of atonement. On this day, Jews all over the world spend the day fasting and reflecting on our lives and deeds. It is a...

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¡Vivamos más años!

(17) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 2:08 AM

¿Niños fumando? ¡Sí! La industria del tabaco ha promovido la fabricación de cigarros y puros para niños. Vienen en distintos sabores: uva, fresa, piña y arándanos. Los venden como bollos a los futuros fumadores. La FDA (la agencia estadounidense para la seguridad de los alimentos y medicamentos) está...

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Vivons plus longtemps!

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Des enfants fumant des cigarettes? Bien sûr! L'industrie du tabac a encouragé la production de cigarettes, cigares et cigarillos pour enfants. Elles sont aromatisées: au raisin, à la fraise, à l'ananas et à la myrtille. Elles se vendent comme des petits pains aux futurs consommateurs de tabac. La FDA (Food...

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«Je pense que tu devrais fumer Kirk»

(5) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Des enfants fumant des cigarettes? Bien sûr! L'industrie du tabac a encouragé la production de cigarettes, cigares et cigarillos pour enfants. Elles sont aromatisées: au raisin, à la fraise, à l'ananas et à la myrtille. Elles se vendent comme des petits pains aux futurs consommateurs de tabac. La FDA (Food...

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Let's Live Longer!

(380) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 8:51 PM

Children smoking cigarettes? Yes! The tobacco industry has encouraged the making of cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos for children. They are flavored: white grape, strawberry, pineapple and blueberry. They are selling like hotcakes to the future customers for smoking tobacco. The FDA is trying to put an end to it. Why...

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