Life Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters
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For his 98th birthday, Kirk Douglas offers us an intimate look into his life. Through a collection of poetry, prose and photographs, he pulls the curtain all the way back exposing the bombs and blockbusters of both the personal and professional aspects. From uncomplicated poems written for his beloved wife, Ann, of 60 years, to poems written for his four boys when they were still small, Douglas' words are comical, sentimental, romantic, and sometimes painful. He chaperones us through the stages of his life, including the untimely death of his youngest son, and shares nostalgic pictures of the other 'leading ladies' in his life like Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall, and Bridget Bardot. Kirk Douglas is an American legend―crowned as one of the greatest male screen legends in American film history by the American Film Institute. And, at 97, he is the highest ranked person on the list alive today. Life Could Be Verse's beautiful design makes it a keepsake for the myriad of Kirk Douglas' fans who have adored "Spartacus" for many, many decades.
Gradually, she became a new, even more wonderful person to me. I fell in love with her all over again. Yes, at 80. I also discovered that love is not a noun; it’s a verb—full of action—kissing, cuddling, writing poetry, singing. It never stays still. Romance Begins at 80 Romance begins at 80 And I ought to know. I live with a girl Who will tell you so. I sit by her bath As she soaks in the tub. Then help her out For a strong towel rub. She likes that a lot But before I tire. It’s
turns, “Lunch is ready, dear.” “God, let’s wait another year.” I hurry to her and give her a kiss. Life could be verse. This is how it all started 60 years ago, the day after our wedding. Photo Credits Page 10. Courtesy of St. Lawrence University. Page 16. She Done Him Wrong. Publicity image � by Paramount Productions, Inc. Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC. Pages 22 and 23. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers � by Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Pages 24, 25,
and picked up the script as I tried not to hear the tittering laughter of Barbara Stanwyck. Just before I got knocked out in Champion. After The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, I filmed a few more pictures: Out of the Past and A Letter to Three Wives—but none of them had the impact of Champion. I played Midge, a young boxer. It was a very physical part—lots of boxing and rope-skipping. Fortunately, I had been a champion wrestler in college, so I could deal with the physical activity. It amazes
Anne, take thee, Kirk, as my lawful wedded husband.’” Anne repeated distinctly: “I, Anne, take thee, Kirk, as my awful wedded husband.” The guests giggled. Anne was embarrassed and tried to explain, “I thought he said awe full—full of awe.” But we were married nonetheless. I have made many mistakes in life. This was not one of them. Every day was happier than the one before. Every night was sheer bliss. Without Her Next to me lies a pillow So soft, the color blue. I crush the pillow to my
turned to me and said, “Did you see that? He got up just like you do after a stunt. I think they will all become actors.” “I hope not,” I replied. “How can you say that? Don’t you see how they play?” “Well, all children are actors.” Actors? I’d like to see a lawyer or a doctor. Actors Are Children Actors are children, Who refuse to grow up. They live in a land of make-believe. They play sailors, soldiers, and cowboys too. They’re happy when they deceive. Hard work can get you fame and