The fact that I didn't impress her certainly impressed me, and I was determined to win her over. She did join the production, and we courted in France and Italy.
On our golden anniversary in 2004, I finally gave Anne the wedding she never had at Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills, with some 300 guests sharing our happiness.
She surprised me by converting to Judaism before the ceremony, which was held under the traditional wedding canopy with our friend Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple officiating.
But she did change me and very much for the better.
I began to see my native land through the eyes of a naturalized American who had lived through Nazi occupation and the terrors of war. Information Agency, and we traveled to more than 40 countries, paying our own way.
There is Harry's Haven (named after my father) for Alzheimer patients at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills and, of course, the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. With uncanny intuition, she refused to let me join Mike Todd on his fateful flight east.
We stopped speaking over that one until we heard the news the next morning. When I had my stroke 17 years ago, she drove me to the hospital like a Formula One racer.
This year, I was superstitious about planning a celebration too far in advance of our May 29 diamond anniversary.
After all, I am only three years shy of my personal centennial, and my Spartacus days are well behind me.
We rebuilt 401 Los Angeles Unified School District playgrounds.
Through the Anne Douglas Center at the Los Angeles Mission, we have seen hundreds of women turn around their lives.
Here's a look back at the couple and their family through personal and archival photos. Beautiful Parisians might love to be seen with Kirk Douglas, the Hollywood leading man, even though they never would have looked twice at Issur Danielovitch, the ragman's son from Amsterdam, N. The way I figured it, we both got pleasure from these fleeting entanglements.