Author(s): K. Douglas
Kirk Doughlas 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. This memoir looks back at his childhood, his young adulthood, and his storied, glamorous, and colorful life and career in Hollywood.
"Douglas is upbeat, engaging and full of sharp observations." (PW.com, April 16, 2007) "Now 90, Douglas weighs in on everything from Terri Schiavo to racism. He contemplates the meaning of life, gives tips on a happy marriage (he and his wife have been married for over 50 years), shares his sorrow over the death of his son Eric, and relates what it's like to outlive all of your friends. There is less pomposity here and perhaps even more truth as the actor rethinks things he wrote earlier. At his age, what do you have to lose?" (Library Journal, April 1, 2007) "written in deftly lucid prose as a series of insights into the mind of a man reflecting on the past ." (The Times (Knowledge Supplement),14th April 2007) "...you want to close your eyes and be taken into the world of Douglas.What a world and life ... (SomethingJewish.co.uk, 12th April 2007) "...this self-deprecating, wise and witty book is not a vanity project - it's a genuinely moving account." (Empire, August 2007)
Foreword by Jack Valenti. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. My Birthday. 2. Two Heads Are Better Than One. 3. A Day in My Life. 4. Hoops of Steel. 5. Amsterdam, New York. 6. Children. 7. My Sons. 8. Eric. 9. Dealing with Death. 10. Harry's Haven. 11. Don't Put Your Daughter (or Son) on the Stage! 12. Fans. 13. Inside of Me. 14. Romance Begins at Eighty. 15. Never Forget. 16. Be the Person Your Dogs Think You Are. 17. Cemeteries. 18. A Whale of a Tale. 19. I Love Dogs. 20. Trying Our Best. 21. Some of My Best Friends Are Actors. 22. Can We Talk? 23. Anne in Orbit. 24. Decisions. 25. Almost Dying. 26. Mama's Boy. 27. The Dangers of Celebrity. 28. Thinking about Death. 29. Passion Plays. 30. Second Wedding. 31. Hate. 32. Real Heroes. 33. Reading Obituaries. 34. Laugh, Clown, Laugh. 35. Knees. 36. Put Your House in Order. 37. Both Semites. 38. Writing. 39. Technology. 40. Does God Laugh? 41. Greed Is Not Good. 42. Stones and Flowers. 43. Am I a Good Father? 44. Don't Be Too Religious. 45. Hold the Gefilte Fish. 46. Who's Minding the Store? 47. Israel. 48. Sunset. Epilogue. Credits.