Of all the male stars of Golden Age Hollywood, Kirk Douglas became
the final survivor, the last icon of a fabled era that the world
will never see again. When he celebrated his birthday in 2016, a
headline read--LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD HORNDOG TURNS 100. He was both a
charismatic actor and a man of uncommon force and vigor. His
restless and volcanic spirit is reflected both in his films and
through his many sexual conquests. Douglas was the son of
Russian-Jewish immigrants, his father a ragman. After service in
the Navy during World War II, he hit Hollywood, oozing masculinity
and charm. Conquering Tinseltown and bedding its leading ladies, he
became the personification of the American dream, moving from
obscurity and (literally) rags to riches and major-league fame. The
Who's Who cast of characters roaring through his life featured not
only a daunting list of Hollywood goddesses, but the town's most
colossal male talents and egos, too. They included his kindred
hellraiser and best buddy Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Henry Fonda,
Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Rock Hudson, and a future U.S.
President, Ronald Reagan. Douglas began his conquests in New York,
stealing the virginity of model Betty Bacall before she moved to
Hollywood, changed her name to Lauren, and married Humphrey Bogart.
Later, both Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner pursued him for boudoir
duty. "I had them all...well, almost," he boasted. He interpreted
Joan Crawford as "the equivalent of six sisters and a mother." Rita
Hayworth "had what other girls had...only more so." Marlene
Dietrich was "the personification of sexuality," and Ava Gardner
was "the hottest game in town." "Barbara Stanwyck may have had a
lezzie streak, but not with me. Call her a tigress. Over the
decades, he immortalized himself in film after film, delivering,
like a Trojan, one memorable performance after another. He was at
home in film noir, as a western gunslinger, as an adventurer (in
both ancient and modern sagas), as a juggler, as Tennessee
Williams' "gentleman caller," as a Greek super-hero in Ulysses, and
as roguish sailor in the Jules Verne yarn, 20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea, exploring the mysteries of the ocean's depths. En route to his
status as a myth and legend, his performances reflected both his
personal pain and the brutalization of the characters he played,
too. In Champion (1949), he was beaten to a fatal bloody pulp. As
the sleazy, heartless reporter in Ace in the Hole (1951), he was
stabbed with a knife in his gut. As Van Gogh in Lust for Life
(1956), he writhed in emotional agony and unrequited love before
slicing off his ear with a razor. His World War I movie, Paths of
Glory (1957) grows more profound over the years. He lost an eye in
The Vikings (1958), and, as the Thracian slave leading a revolt
against Roman legions in Spartacus (1960), he was nailed to a
cross. All of this is brought out, with photos, in this remarkable
testimonial to the last hero of Hollywood's cinematic and
swashbuckling Golden Age, an inspiring testimonial to the values
and core beliefs of an America that's Gone with the Wind, yet
lovingly remembered as a time when it, in many ways, was truly
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