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Ragman's Son

Ragman's Son
Your Price: $36.99 CDN
Author: Kirk Douglas
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 544
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 145167242X
ISBN-13: 9781451672428

About the Book:

The Ragman's Son is quite literally a rags-to-riches story. It charts the rise of the son of an illiterate Russian-Jewish ragman who became a Hollywood legend. Raised in poverty, longing for his father's approval, Issur Danielovitch went on to become a legendary Hollywood star – Kirk Douglas. With unflinching humour and frankness, he reveals the inside story of stardom alongside Sinatra, Wayne and Olivier: his acting triumphs in Sparticus, Lust for Life, The Vikings, Paths of Glory, and Champions (to name a few); his fabled love affairs (among them, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, and Pier Angeli); his long, happy marriage to Anne Buydens and tales of his four sons who sometimes do outrageous imitations of their famous father – all at once!

Rich in unforgettable anecdotes that capture the true spirit of the golden years of Hollywood and Broadway, this is an autobiography that reads like a novel, narrated by the unmistakable voice of a true superstar. In fascinating insider's detail, Kirk Douglas recalls more than forty years of Hollywood and Broadway, from breaking the infamous blacklist, when in 1960, he insisted on crediting blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo for his script adaptation of Spartacus, to his epic confrontations with studio bosses. With a cast of characters that includes scores of renowned show business personalities, The Ragman's Son is the passionate, vivid, lusty life of Kirk Douglas: man, actor, lover, husband, father – and enduring star.

About the Author:

Kirk Douglas has been a Hollywood legend for more than half a century. His eighty-three films include The Bad and the Beautiful and Lust for Life. In addition, his company, Bryna, has produced such classics as Spartacus, Douglas has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the President, as well as numerous other awards and honours. The father of four sons, and grandfather of five, he lives with his wife, Anne, in Beverly Hills.