As he turns 100 - Kirk Douglas shines with yet another new book . . . but not quite yet

Kirk Douglas turns 100 this week and Running Press has officially announced the May 2 publication of a new book, - his 12th - written with his wife of 62 years, Anne Buydens Douglas,

Kirk Douglas as Spartacus

The book called 'Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood' isn’t quite ready yet to hand out at Friday’s afternoon tea party for 150 or so close friends, said Deadline Hollywood. But it looks sure to be a hit.

The new book is said to chronicle the couple’s courtship and marriage; stories of their famous contemporaries like Sinatra, Peck, Wayne, Lancaster, Bacall and others; anecdotes from numerous film sets and dinner parties.

It tells of the couple’s travel to more than 40 countries as goodwill ambassadors; personal stories of their relationships with several U.S. presidents and first ladies starting with JFK and Jackie; plus surviving his near-fatal helicopter crash, a debilitating stroke and the death of their youngest son, Eric. The book also includes several previously unseen photos.

Son Michael and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones are throwing the party for Kirk. Just a year ago, on his 99th, Kirk’s birthday present that year,was a $15m donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s new $35m Alzheimer’s facility on its Woodland Hills campus to be named the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion.

It brought to $40m his lifetime donations to the organization.

Douglas will be joining a very exclusive club of famed Hollywood actors who became centenarians including George Burns, Bob Hope, Charles Lane, Gloria Stuart,and Estelle Winwood.

Olivia de Havilland (who turned 100 in July) is like Douglas, still active and going strong.

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