Kirk Douglas Marking 100th Birthday With Book of Love Letters
Veteran movie star Kirk Douglas is marking his 100th birthday with plans for a book of love letters.
The Spartacus star will celebrate the age milestone on Friday, and two days before his big birthday, it has been revealed Douglas will release a new book all about his life and romance with his beloved spouse of 62 years, Anne.
Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood will be published by officials at Running Press in May, according to Deadline.
The birthday boy will be spending his special day with around 200 friends and family members at a bash hosted by his son, actor Michael Douglas and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“About 200 friends and family members will be there, but that’s about all I know,” he recently told Closer Weekly.
“My only job is to stay well and rested so I can show up and be charming. And, of course, give a little extemporaneous speech that I will have practiced with my speech therapist, so people will understand me.”
Douglas, who suffered a stroke in 1996 which impaired his speech, is also planning a big charity gift to mark his 100th birthday, explaining he and his wife “always use these happy occasions to give presents to the institutions we support through our foundation”.
“Giving is a selfish act, I maintain, because it makes you feel so good,” he added.
Anne is Douglas’ second wife – he was previously married to late actress Diana Douglas, the mother of his two sons Michael and Joel, from 1943 to 1951.