Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning

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John Wiley & Sons, 16 մրտ, 2007 թ. - 238 էջ
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He has been one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, a hard-charging actor whose intensity on the screen has been mirrored in his personal life. As Kirk Douglas has grown older - he turned ninety in December 2006 - he has become less impetuous and more reflective. In this poignant and inspiring new memoir, Douglas contemplates what life is all about, weighing current events from his present frame of mind while summoning the passions of his younger days.

Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and throughout Let's Face It he tells wonderful tales and shares favorite jokes and hard-won insights. In the book, he explores the mixed blessings of growing older and looks back at his childhood, his young adulthood, and his storied, glamorous, and colorful life and career in Hollywood. He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as Spartacus, Lust for Life, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and many others. He includes anecdotes about his friends Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Ava Gardner, Henry Kissinger, Fred Astaire, Yul Brynner, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash. He reveals the secrets that have kept him and his wife, Anne, happily married for more than five decades, and talks fondly and movingly of times spent with his sons, Michael, Peter, Eric, and Joel, and his grandchildren.

Douglas's life has been filled with pain as well as joy. In Let's Face It, he writes frankly for the first time about the tragic death of his son Eric from a drug overdose at age forty-five. Douglas tells what it was like to recover from several near-death episodes, including a helicopter crash, a stroke, and a cardiac event. He writes of his sadness that many of his closest friends are no longer with us; the book includes many moving stories such as one about a regular poker game at Frank Sinatra's house at which he and Anne have been fixtures along with Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and their wives. Though many of the players are gone, the game continues to this day.

In Let's Face It, Douglas reflects on how his Jewish faith has become more and more important to him over the years. He offers strong opinions on everything from anti-Semitism to corporate greed, from racism to Hurricane Katrina, and from the war in Iraq to the situation in Israel. He writes about the importance in his life of the need to improve education for all children and about how we need to care more about the world and less about ourselves.

A must-read for every fan, this engrossing memoir provides an indelible self-portrait of a great star - while sharing the wit and wisdom Kirk Douglas has accumulated over a lifetime.

 

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For the record, this is Douglas's fourth memoir. His first,The Ragman's Son (1988), tells of his hardscrabble early years as Issur Danielovitch and his rise to fame. But a brush with death in a ... Read full review

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Introduction
1
My Birthday
5
Two Heads Are Better Than One
9
A Day in My Life
16
Hoops of Steel
20
Amsterdam New York
27
Children
33
My Sons
36
Mamas Boy
123
The Dangers of Celebrity
127
Thinking about Death
130
Passion Plays
136
Second Wedding
143
Hate
150
Real Heroes
154
Reading Obituaries
159

Eric
40
Dealing with Death
44
Harrys Haven
49
Dont Put Your Daughter or Son on the Stage
51
Fans
57
Inside of Me
63
Romance Begins at Eighty
65
Never Forget
71
Be the Person Your Dogs Think You Are
76
Cemeteries
82
A Whale of a Tale
88
Love Dogs
92
Trying Our Best
95
Some of My Best Friends Are Actors
98
Can We Talk?
104
Anne in Orbit
108
Decisions
111
Almost Dying
117
Laugh Clown Laugh
166
Knees
172
Put Your House in Order
178
Both Semites
183
Writing
188
Technology
191
Does God Laugh?
194
Greed Is Not Good
198
Stones and Flowers
202
Am I a Good Father?
207
Dont Be Too Religious
211
Hold the Gefilte Fish
215
Whos Minding the Store?
220
Israel
225
Sunset
232
Epilogue
234
Credits
236
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KIRK DOUGLAS has been a household name for six decades. He has appeared in more than eighty films and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life. Douglas received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, a special Oscar in 1996, and the National Medal of the Arts in 2001. He is the author of three previous bestselling memoirs, three novels, and two children's books.

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