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Veteran Actor Kirk Douglas Honored At Golden Globes

Hollywood’s biggest stars greeted legendary actor Kirk Douglas with a standing ovation Sunday night at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.

Douglas appeared on stage with his daughter-in-law, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. They presented one of the evening’s awards, but not until after the audience had a chance to express their appreciation for the 101-year-old actor’s long and distinguished career.

Zeta-Jones is married to Michael Douglas, a film star in his own right.

The actress recalled that in 1991, Douglas “was recognized by the Writers Guild Of America for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist.” She was referring to the movie industry’s refusal to employ actors and others who were believed to be sympathetic to communism.

Many Hollywood figures found themselves out of work during the 1950s and into the following decade, until the blacklist finally ended. Among them was screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whom Douglas hired to create the script for the film “Spartacus.”

The actor made sure that the on-screen credits at the end of the movie included Trumbo’s name.

After Zeta-Jones completed her remarks, Douglas commented: “Catherine, you said it all. I would have made a speech but I don’t want to say it."

He joked, "I could never follow you.” The actress took her father-in-law’s hand and responded: “Why don’t we say that here are the nominations?”

Douglas, who was originally named Issur Danielovitch, spent his childhood in Amsterdam, New York. His parents were poor immigrants from Russia who spoke only the Yiddish language.

He started performing theatrical roles while in high school, which earned him a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

In 1946, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the 30-year-old Douglas appeared in his first movie, “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.” The actor made more than 90 additional films, rising to stardom in the 1950s and 1960s.

He is best known for his roles in “Champion” in 1949, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in 1954, “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” in 1957, “Spartacus” in 1960, “Lonely Are the Brave” in 1962 and “Tough Guys” in 1986.

The Daily Mail gushed about Zeta-Jones’ outfit for the Golden Globes, a fall 2017 dress designed by Zuhair Murad. The gown “glistened beautifully under the evening lights” that illuminated the red carpet, according to the news site.

It described the dress as “a sheer form-fitting fabric (with) all-over embellishment and plunging neckline” that resulted in “a truly glamorous aesthetic.”

The New York Times pointed out that the awards ceremony was the first such event since a number of women accused veteran film and television producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. The #MeToo movement of women who have survived sexual abuse, as well as the “Times Up” initiative targeting harassment, were on full display.

Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman and others mentioned the movements.

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” said Winfrey, who won the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Source: Daily Mail
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