Douglas, Kirk

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Kirk Douglas
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Name
Douglas, Kirk Gender: M
Demsky, Issur Danielovitch
born on 9 December 1916 at 10:15 (= 10:15 AM )
Place Amsterdam NY, USA, 42n56, 74w11
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 17°15' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 18°26 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 00°33'



Biography

American actor, on-screen from 1946 in some 82 films; thrillers, westerns and costume epics. He was nominated as Best Actor in "Champion," "Lust for Life," and "The Bad and the Beautiful." He has been awarded with the Presidential Medal of Honor for his work as U.S. goodwill ambassador, the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute, and the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from France.

The son of Russian immigrants with poverty in his early childhood, he decided in kindergarten that he wanted to be an actor. He studied drama and made a New York debut in "Spring Again."

WW II interrupted his career with service in the U.S. Navy in 1942 to June 1944, after which he returned to the stage. In 1945 he moved to Hollywood to star in "The Strange Love of Martha Ives," and became established as an intense tough-guy. a character who was usually a victim of his own aggression.

Douglas formed a production company in 1955 and directed four films with considerable skill. He wrote his autobiography in 1988, "The Ragman's Son." His sixth book was "Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning," released October 1997, Simon & Schuster. The '90s brought him back to the faith of his fathers, Judaism, and also brought him fierce battles with severe back pain, and the anguish of learning to speak again after his stoke.

On 2/13/1991, he was in a helicopter that collided with a small plane 50 feet above the Santa Paula airport northwest of Los Angeles. The pilot and a young student died, and Douglas suffered a compressed spine, which knocked him down three inches in height, and he survived back surgery.

He remembers nothing of the crash, but the stroke is vivid in his mind. Three weeks after the back surgery, on 1/28/1996 he was sitting in his room having a manicure when suddenly he had a funny sensation from his temple to his jaw. He tried to explain and found that he could not talk. He was able to walk from the car into the hospital. It took over a year of intense therapy before he was able to say "transcontinental" more clearly than his three-year-old granddaughter. His sense of humor helped him deal with the battle of depression, and his joking camaraderie with his sons was the biggest aid of all.

As a boy of 14, Douglas had an intense affaire with a 30-year-old woman and as a young actor, had a big affair with Pier Angeli. He married Diana Dill and had two sons, Michael and Joel. After his divorce, he had an active social life with the ladies before he married Anne and had two more sons, Peter and Eric.

In October 1997, he released his sixth book, "Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning."

On July 6, 2004, his 46-year-old son Eric was found dead in his New York apartment. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death. Police ruled out foul play.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 13 February 1991 (Helicopter crash)
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  • Social : Joined group 1942 (Military two years)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (The Ragman's Son)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released October 1997 (Climbing the Mountain)
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  • Health : Violent trauma 13 February 1991 (Helicopter accident)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 28 January 1996 (Stroke)
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  • Relationship : First Sex 1931 (Affair at age 14)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher

Categories

  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Multiple affairs, active social life)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Pacemaker)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Raised in poverty)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Over 70 films)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Helicopter crash)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Michael a superstar)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Ww Ii)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke
  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Could not talk, stroke)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four sons)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Judaism)

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