Kirk Douglas Celebrates His 101st Birthday With Family

To say that Kirk Douglas is a living legend is something of an understatement. He’s known for a whole list of classic films, such as Spartacus (1960) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), as well as for his support of political and social movements through the years. Now, however, Kirk is being honored for his longevity.
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Joined by wife, Anne Douglas, 98, Kirk was honored on his birthday with a cake and a small gathering of family and friends. Among his guests, Mr. Douglas was joined by his sons Michael and Joel. Kirk’s granddaughter, Kelsey Douglas, also dropped by to celebrate the veteran actor’s 101st birthday.
As might be expected, the birthday cake was much more symbolic than it might outwardly have seemed to the casual observer. On top of the cake were sunflowers crafted from confectioner’s sugar, while a bold “101” was emboldened on the side in similar frosting. The sunflowers weren’t just for decoration. They were symbolic of one of the most iconic performances in Kirk’s long career, a reference to his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life.
Mr. Douglas was presented with a second cake and another film reference. This cake was molded to look like boxing gloves in reference to Douglas’ role in Champion, a film for which he received his first Oscar nomination.
Catherine Zeta-Jones Missed the Party
Kirk’s daughter-in-law had obligations that kept her away from the family gathering, but that doesn’t mean she forgot about Mr. Douglas. The actress marked the big day on Instagram, sharing a picture of herself and Kirk from a previous visit. In the image, the pair are smiling and cuddling close together, as Catherine wraps one arm around Kirk’s shoulders.
“101 today!!!! My darling Pappy on my knee. Happy Birthday to my wonderful, inspirational and loving father in law, Kirk. Love you with all my heart,” Ms. Zeta-Jones captioned the picture.
Catherine added a “hero” hashtag to the caption on the image, expressing her admiration for Kirk as both the head of the Douglas family and as a talented actor.
While Catherine couldn’t attend the party, her son, Dylan Douglas, was on hand to celebrate the memorable birthday. In a picture he shared on his own Instagram page, Dylan is seen kissing his grandfather on the cheek. The caption expressed his love for Kirk and wished his grandfather a happy birthday as well.

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