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Kirk Douglas is as glorious as ever

March 14, 2009

In his review of Kirk Douglas' wonderful "one-man autobiographical stroll" ["Candid Are the Brave," March 9], Charles McNulty suggests that "it would have been easier for the 92-year-old actor, speech impaired from a stroke, to skip this project, retreating into the memory of his former glory and concealing his condition from eyes that would prefer to remember him in his heyday."

"Spartacus," "Paths of Glory," "Ace in the Hole," "Champion," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Detective Story" -- nearly 100 motion pictures will preserve for all time Kirk Douglas' "former glory." I went to the theater to relish his current glory: Courageously concealing nothing, with enormous personal charm and an exemplary "lust for life," Douglas makes it clear that a man's heyday is any day he wakes with a purpose, stroke or no stroke. In these eyes, he's as glorious as ever.

Lucy Chase Williams

Glendale

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