Kirk Douglas was Spartacus. And a boxer. And a military officer. And a host of other big-screen movie characters. But beyond his iconic movie roles, Douglas was also a prolific author.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” his son and fellow actor, Michael Douglas, wrote on Instagram. “To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.
“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine (Zeta-Jones), a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
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A guide to Kirk Douglas’ books
According to Douglas’ website, proceeds from books purchased there were donated to The Douglas Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Douglas and wife, Anne, in 1964. The foundation focuses on education, health and children.
Here is a list of his titles:
“The Ragman’s Son” (1988): The autobiography is an account of Douglas’ life that began in poverty but ultimately led to international film stardom.
“Dance With the Devil” (1990): Hollywood director Danny Dennison finds his life unraveling when he meets a captivating call girl who threatens to shatter long-guarded secrets.
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“The Gift” (1992): An orphaned heiress faces a chain of melodramatic events and falls for a Portuguese bullfighter.
“Last Tango in Brooklyn” (1994): An aging personal trainer and medical librarian half his age strike up a love affair that family and friends disapprove of.
“The Broken Mirror” (1997): This children’s book is a a fictional account of a Jewish boy who faces the horrors of the Holocaust.
“Young Heroes of the Bible” (1999): Another children’s book, Douglas retells five Old Testament stories.
“Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning” (2001): This memoir picks up where Douglas’ earlier 1988 autobiography left off, focusing on his reconnection to his Jewish faith and identity.
“My Stroke of Luck” (2003): Douglas recounts his recovery from a debilitating 1995 stroke.
“Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving & Learning” (2007): In another memoir, Douglas explores the mixed blessings of growing older and looking back at his life.
“I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist” (2012): On the 50th anniversary of the film that gave Douglas perhaps his most iconic role, Douglas recounts how “Spartacus” was made.
“Life Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters” (2014): Douglas shares an intimate look into his life through a collection of poetry, prose and photographs.
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“Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood” (2017): Written with his wife Anne, Douglas’ last published work includes letters and photos that provide an intimate glimpse into their love story.
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