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Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning

Let s Face It Years of Living Loving and Learning He has been one of the brightest stars in Hollywood a hard charging actor whose intensity on the screen has been mirrored in his personal life As Kirk Douglas has grown older he turned ninety in Dece

  • Title: Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning
  • Author: Kirk Douglas
  • ISBN: 9780470084694
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • He has been one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, a hard charging actor whose intensity on the screen has been mirrored in his personal life As Kirk Douglas has grown older he turned ninety in December 2006 he has become less impetuous and reflective In this poignant and inspiring new memoir, Douglas contemplates what life is all about, weighing current eventHe has been one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, a hard charging actor whose intensity on the screen has been mirrored in his personal life As Kirk Douglas has grown older he turned ninety in December 2006 he has become less impetuous and reflective In this poignant and inspiring new memoir, Douglas contemplates what life is all about, weighing current events from his present frame of mind while summoning the passions of his younger days.Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and throughout Let s Face It he tells wonderful tales and shares favorite jokes and hard won insights In the book, he explores the mixed blessings of growing older and looks back at his childhood, his young adulthood, and his storied, glamorous, and colorful life and career in Hollywood He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as Spartacus, Lust for Life, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and many others He includes anecdotes about his friends Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Ava Gardner, Henry Kissinger, Fred Astaire, Yul Brynner, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash He reveals the secrets that have kept him and his wife, Anne, happily married for than five decades, and talks fondly and movingly of times spent with his sons, Michael, Peter, Eric, and Joel, and his grandchildren.Douglas s life has been filled with pain as well as joy In Let s Face It, he writes frankly for the first time about the tragic death of his son Eric from a drug overdose at age forty five Douglas tells what it was like to recover from several near death episodes, including a helicopter crash, a stroke, and a cardiac event He writes of his sadness that many of his closest friends are no longer with us the book includes many moving stories such as one about a regular poker game at Frank Sinatra s house at which he and Anne have been fixtures along with Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and their wives Though many of the players are gone, the game continues to this day.In Let s Face It, Douglas reflects on how his Jewish faith has become and important to him over the years He offers strong opinions on everything from anti Semitism to corporate greed, from racism to Hurricane Katrina, and from the war in Iraq to the situation in Israel He writes about the importance in his life of the need to improve education for all children and about how we need to care about the world and less about ourselves.A must read for every fan, this engrossing memoir provides an indelible self portrait of a great star while sharing the wit and wisdom Kirk Douglas has accumulated over a lifetime.

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    1. Kirk Douglas

      Kirk Douglas born Issur Danielovitch, is an American stage and film actor, film producer and author His popular films include Out of the Past 1947 , Champion 1949 , Ace in the Hole 1951 , The Bad and the Beautiful 1952 , 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 , Lust for Life 1956 , Paths of Glory 1957 , Gunfight at the O.K Corral 1957 , The Vikings 1958 , Spartacus 1960 , Lonely Are the Brave 1962 ,The Fury 1978 and Tough Guys 1986 He is No.17 on the American Film Institute s list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time, making him the highest ranked living person on the list In 1996, he received the Academy Honorary Award for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community He is one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood s golden age.

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    1. I'm being a little generous with the star rating, but I've always had a lot of respect & admiration for Douglas & really liked his other books. This one is rather uneven & repetitive at times, poorly edited. It's very much the reflections of a 90 year old, very similar to listening to my neighbor who is also this age. I enjoy it, but prefer my books more tightly wrapped. Due to his stroke, he didn't narrate this either which cut down on my enjoyment.A 5 star thread that runs like a c [...]


    2. Kirk Douglas has written many books over the years. This one is part memoir, part non-fiction, and essay. It basically essays of his thoughts on many subjects. Some personal like the death of his youngest son Eric. and of his family and career in show business. Other essays vary his feelings of how people can have so much hatred against one another. Religion, dealing with death and aging. A good read by a good author. enjoyed this read very much.


    3. In this book Kirk Douglas reflects on what has learned from life. Unlike The Ragman's Son this is not a chorological biography. It is more a collection of essays on various topics. One painful subject he talks about in this book is the death of his son Eric. I have now read three of Kirk Douglas nonfiction books and have enjoyed all three. In his writings Kirk Douglas is very honest and direct. He does address his shortcomings as well as his strengths. His books also have a strong conservational [...]


    4. Douglas is not your average empty headed Hollywood star. This is his ninth book, written when he was 90 years old. (He is still alive at 97 as of this writing.) I do not think anyone ghostwrote this. He finished college and is very well read. In this memoir he contrasts between the young Kirk and the old Kirk. The young Kirk did a lot of foolish things and was self-centered. The old Kirk is much wiser and more focused on others. Although he remains a supporter of many liberal causes (he broke th [...]


    5. A book of reminiscence filled with the joys and sorrows Kirk Douglas experienced over his 90 years. Life, love, experience and random thoughts. I thought a lot of it was thought provoking. What will be our legacy that we leave behind? Will we be remembered as an admirable person or someone who was selfish and never looked out for their fellow man? I found a lot of his personal story intriguing. It gave an inside look at the man he is or the person he wants to be. I never knew he was a good will [...]


    6. A bit rambling and scattered, but what do you expect from a guy entering into his 90's? Hey, when you reach that age, you've earned the right to ramble--especially if you've lived as accomplished a life as that of Kirk Douglas. In LET'S FACE IT, Mr. Douglas takes stock of his life, his generation, and the state of the world at large. In very personal fashion, he expounds on his triumphs and failures, both personal and professional. He shares some of his biggest interests and darkest fears. And, [...]


    7. This was the perfect audio book for my trip from Mendocino back home. Just about the right length and an easy listening book of actor/author Douglas on his life, his kids, his grand kids, and lots of political observations that can only be that honest from someone 90 years old. He devotes an entire chapter to Mel Gibson, for example. Something that hadn't occurred to me before was that the Passion Play was originally designed as a way to incide Christians to rise up against Jews (is that why the [...]


    8. This was the perfect audio book for my trip from Mendocino back home. Just about the right length and an easy listening book of actor/author Douglas on his life, his kids, his grand kids, and lots of political observations that can only be that honest from someone 90 years old. He devotes an entire chapter to Mel Gibson, for example. Something that hadn't occurred to me before was that the Passion Play was originally designed as a way to incite Christians to rise up against Jews (is that why the [...]


    9. My interest is in the ageing process, so I would have bought this book no matter who had written it. Kirk Douglas is really good company, as he ambles through his day, through his garden, through his memories. This is very poignant, honest and touching. I was engaged the entire time even though I had not seen the movies referred to, nor did I recognize the famous people of an earlier era who were his friends. It is wonderful cultural history, and an insight into how an ageing person integrates t [...]


    10. Whoops! I forgot to put in that I was currently reading this book. I actually finished it today. I learned a lot of interesting things about KD. I generally like biographies. Especially when they inspire me to look further into their lives (ie googling them). I even went onto Netflix and found a movie he did with Dan Ackroyd and Lauren Bacall in 1999 called Diamonds. I thought it was a neat movie.you even get to see Jenny McCarthy in lingerie!


    11. Probably closer to 3.5 stars. You have to admire Douglas, who turns 100 in December 2016. I was impressed with much of his writing, although he comes around to the the same topics quite a bit. Still, give the guy his due. He is truly the last of the great actors of the classic Hollywood era. There's much to like about the book and anyone even vaguely interested in classic films - and life in general - will want to check this out.


    12. I can not say I am a high Kirk Douglas fan, but I can say that I liked this book. I listened to the audio version of it read by Jason Alexandr, which made it easy to get through. Quite short but enjoyable. Good bit of history of his life with some humor thrown In. Also there is some advice on how to live a. Water life. Pick this up, you will enjoy it as well.


    13. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by the actor ansd author Kirk Douglas. The subtitle is 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning, which is appropriate. The author discusses many people in his life, some famous and some unknown, his experiences and thoughts. Very enjoyable read.


    14. Non-fiction. Autobiography. His 9th book. He was in over 90 movies! Michael and Peter are from his 1st wife. Eric and Joel are from his 2nd and current wife, Anne. Eric died of an overdose. Michael lives in Bermuda with Catherine Zeta Jones and 2 kids.


    15. Interesting memoir by Kirk Douglas. I learned quite a bit about him that I did not know: he is Jewish, lost a son to drug abuse causes, is politically active in issues involving Israel, education, and the environment. Mr. Douglas is an all-around good guy, it seems.


    16. Kirk Douglas has been lucky to have lived so long as he was able to atone for some of his sins in his own eyes. Quick reading and fun to hear about others with whom he was friends. Would like to met him one day. Amazing story of his sons and his relationships with them, especially Erik.


    17. I had no idea Kirk Douglas was such a good writer. It went beyond the basic chronology of events and was particularly well written with insights and observations of an old man with a legitimate claim to be reflective.


    18. This somewhat meandering work brings together observations, insights, and other odds and ends of Kirk Douglas' life which he looks back on from his 90's.



    19. This book is filled with Jewish history and an famous actors' legacy. His book is filled with reflections of his life through a statue of rememberance and memories. What a gift of life.



    20. I started out really liking this book, but half way through it "lost me". Sorry Mr Douglas, I REALLY enjoyed your book My Stroke of Luck, but this one did not hold my interest.


    21. A bit repetitive but still thoroughly entertaining. It seems to ramble at times, and I would say it was the weaker of the memoirs of his I have read to this point.


    22. Oh, I loved this book! Especially the section of Fred Astaire dancing up his driveway after being given a ride home by Kirk & Kirk saying it was the best thank you he'd ever received.



    23. A man's ruminations on a life he has lived. This is a book mostly about the author's thoughts and not as much about their history. If you are looking for an autobiography, this is not for you.


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