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Kirk Douglas Turns 100! A Look Back at the Legendary Actor’s Incredible Rags-to-Riches Journey in His Own Words

Kirk Douglas Turns 100! A Look Back at the Legendary Actor’s Incredible Rags-to-Riches Journey in His Own Words
Spartacus is now a centurion.

Kirk Douglas, one of the last great stars of Hollywood’s golden era, turned 100 on Friday. Born during the height of World War I to poor, illiterate Russian immigrants living in upstate New York, the legendary actor pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the most famous men in the world.

“My parents came from Russia and my original name was Izzy Danielovitch,” Douglas told People in 2015. He changed his name, unwieldy and too Semitic for Hollywood at the time, to Kirk Douglas before pursuing a career in show business. “I wish I had kept it,
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Kirk Douglas on Michael's Good Health: God Answered My Prayers

Kirk Douglas on Michael's Good Health: God Answered My Prayers
After learning that his son Michael Douglas is cancer-free, Kirk Douglas acknowledged the power of the Almighty. "I believe God answers all prayers," the 94-year-old screen icon tells People. "Sometimes his answer is no, but not this time!" Douglas says he cried tears of joy when Michael told him the news that the radiation and chemo got rid of the tumor in his throat. Describing his relief, the patriarch adds wryly, "I immediately felt years younger. Not a day over 85." The Hollywood legend - who lost his 46-year-old son Eric Douglas in 2004 to an accidental drug overdose - also made
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Alt.TV – 12/5/10

Are you bored of the same old TV shows? Tired of the mainstream? Then check out this round-up of alternative movies and series showing on UK television tonight…

8.20pm Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Sky Movies Indie)

The love of Pee-wee Herman’s life is his bicycle. When it is stolen, he is send on a wild cross country adventure after a fortune teller tells him his bicycle is in the basement of the Alamo. Along the way, Pee-wee encounters an escaped convict, a waitress with wanderlust and a jealous boyfriend, and a mysterious female truck driver.

9.00pm Banshee!!! (Horror Channel)

A group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves. The survivors hold up refuge in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from all communication. Now, they have to come up
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Douglases Gather for Eric's Low-Key Funeral

Michael Douglas' half-brother Eric Douglas was laid to rest in a low-key Hollywood memorial service yesterday surrounded by 50 members of his family and close friends. Catherine Zeta-Jones flew in from Europe, where she's shooting Ocean's Twelve, to be by her husband's side as he said goodbye to his tragic sibling at the Westwood Memorial Cemetery. The movie star and his son Cameron acted as pallbearers, while Douglas' brothers Joel and Peter comforted their dad Kirk and his wife Anne. Eric Douglas' body was found on Tuesday morning in a Manhattan, New York, apartment amid reports of a drug overdose. An autopsy, performed on Wednesday, proved inconclusive.

Eric Douglas Death Shocks Ex-Addict Pals

Michael Douglas' tragic half-brother Eric Douglas has left the addicts who joined up for counseling alongside him devastated after dying in Manhattan, New York. The 46-year-old actor-turned-stand-up comedian's body was found on Tuesday morning amid reports of a drug overdose. But his pal Michael Sands, who attended a 12-step program with Douglas last year, can't believe his friend succumbed to drugs. Sands says, "He was very focused and clear about his goals to stay sober and very happy to be back in Los Angeles and great that he could see his father and mother as they get on in years. He said he wanted to take care of them." Meanwhile, Douglas family sources claim a doctor was on standby when movie veteran Kirk Douglas was told of his son's death - fearing he might suffer another heart attack. Kirk and Michael Douglas will fly to New York for Eric's memorial service, which is currently being planned.

Michael Douglas' Brother Dies

Michael Douglas' troubled half-brother Eric Douglas has died, aged 46. The body of the failed actor and stand-up comedian, who spent his life in the shadow of his famous sibling and dad Kirk Douglas and turned to drugs in the 1980s, was discovered inside a Manhattan, New York, apartment. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today. In a statement from the Douglas family, they say, "The family is very shocked and saddened by this event." Among Douglas' film appearances were roles in movies like The Golden Child and Delta Force 3. Eric battled drug and alcohol addiction for the better part of 25 years, at one point overdosing on anti-anxiety pills and choking on food in 1999, landing him in a coma for eight days. He also spent 30 days in prison after he became unruly on a plane flight and dropped out of court-ordered rehab.

Zeta-Jones Heckles Brother-in-law

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Zeta-Jones Heckles Brother-in-law
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones heckled her brother-in-law Eric Douglas during his comedy performance in New York. Catherine was dismayed to find her husband Michael Douglas's younger brother confusing her nationality during a show at the Comic Strip venue. Eric said during his sketch, "Michael's Jewish and she's Scottish. Together they're the world's cheapest couple." A shocked Catherine jumped up and shouted, "I'm Welsh."

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