The older you get, the more friends you lose, sadly. Kirk Douglas, who just turned 100 years old, just said goodbye to another famous friend, with whom he has been friends for more than 40 years. Kirk offered a few kind words for the family of Zsa Zsa Gabor, who passed away just before Christmas.
“She was a wonderful and beautiful woman,” Douglas told his caregiver. Zsa Zsa’s only daughter, Francesca Hilton, suddenly passed away from a heart attack and stroke in 2015. Like Debbie Reynolds, Zsa Zsa was broken hearted. Kirk was one of only a few people left from the “old days.”
Kirk Douglas has long been a positive influence on film culture. The Oscars awarded him an Honorary Oscar in 1996, for his “fifty years as a creative and moral force” in the community. Many don’t know the humble beginnings from which Douglas rose to become the artistic force that he was in the 20th century.
“My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn’t believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn’t believe that it was free.” He suffered a stroke in 1996, but he didn’t let it hold him back. “No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. So what if my stroke left me with a speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did all right.”