Hollywood Voices | Interviews with stars of the Golden Age of American Cinema
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 26 September 1988
DURATION | 11 minutes 28 seconds
In this excerpt from a longer programme, Kirk Douglas discusses the strong influence of his father and his upbringing on his life and career. He also shares his views on women's liberation, relates anecdotes about his son Michael and friend Marlene Dietrich, and highlights the significance of 'Spartacus' (1960) and 'One Flew over the Cuckooâs Nest' (1975).
Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch on 9 December 1916 to Russian immigrant parents in New York. He was one of seven children and the only son. Douglas worked after high school to save up enough money to attend university and drama school. His debut on Broadway in 1941 was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the US Navy until 1944. Thereafter, he was able to resume his acting career, appearing in various stage plays and films before being recognised as one of Hollywood's finest with his role in 'Champion' (1949).
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