Kirk Douglas was nominated for Best Actor Oscars but never won. Hollywood awarded him a lifetime achievement Oscar. His son, Michael, did win Oscars. Michael produced the Best Picture of 1975, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, and he won Best Actor for WALL STREET (1987). Michael also had a big box office hit with FATAL ATTRACTION (1987) co-starring Glenn Close.
Kirk Douglas and I talked about Michael's Oscar wins and about his FATAL ATTRACTION co-star. Glenn Close got an Oscar nomination for playing the psychologically twisted Manhattan executive who threatened "I'm not gonna be ignored..."
Today, Close is enjoying rave reviews for playing another woman who refuses to be ignored. She's again playing silent film star Norma Desmond in the hit revival of SUNSET BOULEVARD, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film classic of the same name.
Just like Paul McCartney did for my interview of him, Kirk Douglas arrived early and alone. No entourage. And he was an absolute gentlemen to everyone on the set. A Hollywood legend and a class act. Gracious and grateful.