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l 8 m VI Thursdav. August 2. lJ&4 Cos Angeles Simes DOUGLAS AT 67: INTENSE Continued from Page 1 "I'll even go one further. 1 thought "Ace in the Hole." "Detective Story." Paths of Glory' deserved (at least a nomination). 'Lonely Are the Brave' was one of the best performances I've ever done. But I never complain. . . ." Over the objection of his agents, he chose '"Champion" as his eighth movie. "My agents had a role for me in a picture that MGM was going to make called 'The Great Sinner.' an all-star production with Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck and Ethel Barrymore. And they thought 1 was crazy. These people never had any money. My agents never heard of Stanley Kramer or Carl Foreman. And they couldn't understand why I'd turn down the other thing to do this. The part fascinated me. It's a theme, as I look back, that I've always been attracted to. It has never bothered me to play a character that was not heroic. I've often felt that virtue is not photogenic. I'd just as soon play a guy with foibles. 'I think in this business suc cess is more difficult than . failure," Douglas added. "It's one of the things that I admire very much about my son Michael. After 'China Syndrome,' 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' 'Romancing the Stone,' 1 wrote him a note and said 'Michael, I'm more proud of how you've handled your success than of your success.-' " And his own success? Douglas at first sidestepped. "You don't change. Everybody else changes. What was it we learned in college, a stimulus on an organism emits a response? So they change . . . and you respond differently." He has four sons and a grandsonMichael and Joel from his first marriage, Peter and Eric from his ongoing, 30-year second marriage. All are in show business, but he talks about actorproducer Michael the most: "Michael is the most enigmatic. . . ." Kirk Douglas is talking about his own current projects the Western, "Draw," that has been playing on Home Box Office; the remake that Bryna Productions and Columbia will be doing of "Seven Days in May," with a nuclear angle added to the plot of generals taking over the United States. And suddenly there's Michael again: "My son Michael did a picture, 'Romancing the Stone. . . ,' " Douglas. began, as if the world didn't know. Among all the roles he's played, he finds his favorite line in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," the play adapted from the book by Ken Kesey, which he did on Broadway in 1963. The line is about trying-even in the face of failure. If it seems ironic that Douglas should savor a line from theater, he Tonight thru Sun. JOHNNIE RAY FINE Mon. and Tum. iTtiiAurjiisiNF CHRIS CONNOR 1610 N. Vine St. 1 a from Unlagw Res. 463-4375 3 (818) 764-4010 Tatri. Taint CmIhI In. HQ "I tlukt. SMtHf Prist Hill 8344 JERRY JEFF WALKER 8 10 COMMANDER CODY 811 WARREN ZEVON (SOLO RECITAL! 817 JACK MACK & HEART ATTACK Olympic Size Laughs! Held Over thru August 31st "Perfectly Delicious Fun!" byivie Drake, LA limes "Classy . . . Delightful ... A Joy!" Reed, Drama Logue "A Laugh Filled Riot ... It Positively Glistens" Data Boy "A Finely Tuned Ensemble ... All Contributing In Perfect Timing To Our Good Time." B'nai B'rlth Messenger Perfect Timing Kristi Kane's New Romantic Comedy Weds, thru Sun. 8:00 All seats Weds. $5.00, Thurs. & Sun. $8.00, Fri. & Sat. $10.00 Air Conditioned Witt End Playhout 7446 Von Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys Tel: 818 904-0444 r 1 1 trrinni I t-n I " X w 'J I f ' "" im ' 1 X SSI J NtUt 0r Ot mum Arts tvt .iw5iA 1 IAW--ltU sJ . mm "Fd just as soon play a guy with says Kirk Douglas of "Champion" will tell you that the theater has been his own personal yardstick of success. "In a sense I've always felt a failure, because I never intended to be a movie actor. My aim, hopefully, was to be a big actor in the theater. I never attained that." Long before Douglas made his first movie, "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" ( 1946) because a fellow student named Lauren Ba-call had remembered him Douglas was a stage actor with about a half-dozen plays to his credit. Three years ago he played in "Boys in Autumn" with his good friend Burt Lancaster, and now talks of reviving it with George C. Scott. Originally Issur Danielovitch, then Isador Demsky (nicknamed Izzy), the peddler's son finally named himself Kirk Douglas at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. There, while working his way through school, Douglas was a star wrestler, president of the Mummers the college dramatic society and president of the student body. After graduation in 1939, he studied for two years at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Later, he served on a submarine in the Pacific in World War II. Always he carried with him the memory of the applause he had received in the second grade after reading a poem about a red robin in spring: "I think the sound of that applause was something I've been looking for ever since. It was nice. They applauded." Don't ask Kirk Douglas whether he ever reminded his sons of his own deprived background. "Why wouldn't you know by now that that's the last thing I would say? Because what I said to my kids was just the opposite. I said," and only now did he grin, " 'You kids have not had my advantages. I've had the advantage of being poor, so that there's nowhere to go but up. You kids were born in affluence. You see Rolls-Royces. You see Burt Lancaster, Gregory First WHERE THE STARS DINE 7013 Melrose Doors Open 6:30 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL 127 of the world s most beloved Impressionist paintings of Paris and the French countryside by Cezanne, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Seurat, Sisley, and van Gogh are here in Los Angeles for this first major international presentation. This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with The Arc Institute of Chicago and the Reunion dt-s M users Nationaux. The exhibit is a part nt the Olympic Arts Festival ot the I9K-I Olympic (iames. sponsored by the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee through the support ot The Times Mirror Company. rrs Claud Monot. 1 0 i' LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 1 Ins ivhilsninii jrul its i.tciliiiit .in lim.'cii In a m.iir i:r.iiit tnmi thr IKM ( orpitnntin Ailiiitumal suppnrr lids Iwn rt-uisiil tfoin tlx N, I ihIiiu nii'itt Inr ht Arcs, iht Assmunun Kr.KK.usr il Anion Amsluuit ( MiimtiTC ill's Ri-lauons I xuriiurisl. (hi ( .ilitirm.i Arts nuniil. .ui.l .Hi in.lininitv Irnrn ihi- niinul uii the Arts anil rhf Humanities foibles," ( 1949). In contrast to "Champion," Douglas played a hero in "Spartacus" (1960). Peck come to dinner. I don't know how I'd be if I turned on the TV and there's my father killing Romans, whatever it is. . . .' " Nor should anyone ask Douglas if he ever worries that Michael will surpass him in his chosen profession: "Jeez, what a female remark. No man would ever ask that question. Because any man would understand that your love for your children is such that you only want them to surpass you. . . ." Douglas formed Bryna Productions in 1955 as a "better resource for getting properties. I have no great desire to be a producer or mogul. But through Bryna, I found pictures I liked: 'The Vikings,' 'Lonely Are the Brave,' 'Spartacus,' 'Paths of Glory,' 'Seven Days in May.' "Michael works the same way. He has his company, Big Stick, and my son Peter, who's just producing a movie with Chevy Chase, 'Fletch' at Universal, has his company, Vincent." Joel, 36, has produced "several little movies" and was associate producer with his older brother on "Romancing the Stone." Eric, 25, lives in New York and has worked Off Broadway. Michael is 39, Peter is 27. In Hollywood, Douglas is credited with helping end the blacklist that shadowed the late '40s and '50s when he acknowledged that Dalton Trumbo and not Sam Jackson, one of the aliases Trumbo had been using, was the actual screenwriter of "Spartacus." The year was 1959. Until then, Trumbo, as Jackson, had been holed up in a small room on the set and no one had known who he was. "A lot of people argued with me, but I thought, 'The hell with it.' The sky didn't fall in." And don't ask Douglas to sum up his career: "I resent your question. I'm not here to sum up my career. I feel now I'm doing more things than I've ever done. I once looked through the list of all my movies. And I found 20 1 liked. That's a hell J i i i 1 r P-H.'HH.W THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AUG. 2, 3, 4 L.A. appearance In 15 years. Direct from Las Vegas. his entire Las vegas snow, Featuring me amy duoo uarv cars. Rated XXXX Ave. & La Brea Res.: 938-3048 Hollywood Showtime 9:00 $15 Adm. Dinner Extra GIRLS IN THE WORLD!!! Madame Monat In tha Qardan (c. 1672) Anonymous loan A DAY IN THE fOUNTRY Impressionism and the Irtnch Landscape On exhibition through September 16, 1984 Exhibition Information (213) 857-6373 In "Lust one of his of an average." He was musing about one of the fringe benefits of acting, world travel: "You can be talking to gangsters and kings and queens and artists. . . ." Suddenly, he interjected, "We have talked for an hour and a half and you haven't said to me, 'You have won the highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.' " It had been prominently mentioned in his press biography that in 1981 President Carter gave him the award for promoting good relations abroad. About a dozen years ago, when he was in Yugoslavia at the American Embassy, he requested a meet- PREVIEW TONIGHT AT 8 OPINS TOM'W AT PM. Itl U . U Ml By ORSON WELLES An adaptation of the Herman Melville novel. As performed by the Taper Repertory Company. 1 3 PinrORMANCIf ONLY I All 3 plays in rep thru Aug. 19. Info & CHAROI BY PHONI 973-7654 Group discounts 972-7372. Deaf TTY 680-4017. SUBSCRIBE to our 18th Season-Info 972-7654. MARK TAPER FORUM -.hIii: Unid-mi .instu I hurt mi i' Ct-niiT Tlieiilrr tin nip CHRYSLER .Concert JOHNNY MATHIS AUGUSr 2, 3,48,5, 8:00 PM 2700 Nor 111 Vermont. Hollywood, in Grillitfi Park Easy access oil 101 Ereeway (Hollywood Ereeway) Use Veimontexil not Hi TICKETS AVAILABLE AT ALLVBfiBViON LOCATIONS OR CHARGE BY PH0HC, TELETHON (213) 461 0235, (213) 410-1062, (714) 634-1300. FOR INFORMATION. (213) 461-3881. TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE CREEK THEATRE BOX OFFICE. Alt lists sttbiecttQctimtge All sales tml noectwigesoi le'unOs . HbfiW InlL.I'" ,A.- ' Mi 15m m jLA 213202 8850 yP )w jiTaytftarffa gttiti for Life" (1956), Douglas had closest brushes with an Oscar. ing with Tito. The British ambassador told Douglas that he had been waiting for six weeks just to present his own credentials for 10 minutes. "Next day," said Douglas warming to his account, "Tito sends his plane, my wife and I go to Ljubljana and we talk for three hours. He has seen every movie I've done, and he especially loves Westerns. He is such a movie buff. Next day, I come back to Belgrade and again my English ambassador is there, and he says, 'I say, old chap, how did this happen?' " Kirk Douglas had an easy response: "Mr. Ambassador, how many movies have you made?" PM. hi n-fk'rtnn' with THI AMERICAN CLOCK A Mural for the Theatre. A new version bv ARTHUR MILLER "STIItRINO...9" l,ui hmnklin. KLHS-TV FINAL 5 PIRFS. Aug. H . 9. 1 4 at 8. Aug. 19 at 2:31) & 7:31). ami JAMES McLURE'S WILD OATS A Romance of the Old West, "OUTLANDISH FUN" Kit k Tulrtnr, Daily .Xt u-s FINAL S PERFS. Auk- 1". 11. 16 at 8. Aug. 11 at 2:31). 4 I.1 53 Series at HERBALPERTANDTHE TIJUANA BRASS WITH LANI HALL SPECIAL GUEST STAR SERGIO MENDES and friends AUGUST6&7 8:00PM ramoishuie J GLORIA LYNN AT THE JONAH'S tfwt to Manna Citv Ciwfc I AUG. 2, 3, 4 9:30 P.M. A 11:30 P.M. 4351 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey 293-5005 Tua Sol E m 130 M SaiUa 7 30 FM M 4 im Man I 30 CALL ItieCHABGi I 000 72 7 SHUUm THCAtRt 2020 Avana ot Ms SMri. la Anovkn M067 MOBY DICK Kl HI ARSt D by Orson Welln vww July 31, uq 1 & 2. Opww Aug. 3 In rspOTtory thru Aug 19 wtrh THE AMERICAN CLOCK by ArtW MJUr & WHO OATS by Jomt Mclgr Morfc Tgpr forum. ChorQV by pnont 972 7654 tkY Fl M a kigkty enjoyabtt spHi OLYMPIC TRIALS Hold ovk thru Aug 30fh! Groundbng Comdy lUvua 4 Lot Show Fri. -Sat Th Groundhog Thatr 934 9700 "Two Speciai-ular Magicians . . Boy, It ll tun"" PENN I TELLER Wi . Ihuci. at 7 30 Fri.. Sot at I: Sun at 7 Col 200 5574 a. tschcimotw 480 3232 Th Tnaotr at Difton'i, 108 1 Caytoy, Waitsvood TAMARA Tha uttimot, inlimot tKoarrtcol kpkhmk Prf. Tut. -Sun. For into or to charge tkkotv. SSI -377 1 H Vittorioi, 2035 N. HigMond Avonuo, Hollywood tni.fiwiif.innrCT o HOLLYWOOD BOWL 1984 SUMMER HOME OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC THE WINNING SEASON TONIGHT, 8:30 200 MARVELOUS MUSICIANS; DE LARROCHA PLAYS MOZART Mozart: Piano Concerto in C. K. 467 Mahler: Symphony No. 5 Michael Tllson Thomas, conductor Alicia de Larrocha, piano Combined Los Angeles Philharmonic and Institute Orchestras. Tickets: $37.00. S4t5&, 12.00, 9.00, 6.50, 5.50, 3.50, 1.00 Tomorrow and Saturday, 8:30 VICTOR BORGE LIVE AT THE BOWL Don't miss the fun and the madness as Victor Borge conducts the Philharmonic, plays his inimitable piano and brings his delectable brand of humor to the Bowl. Victor Borge, conductor and piano Tickets: $33.00, Sfte,44S, 10.50, 8.00, 6.50, 4.50. 2.50 This Sunday. August 5, 7:30 FINAL SUNSET CONCERT WITH "A HUNDRED TERRIFIC YOUNG PLAYERS" (Los Angeles Times) Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Rachmamnov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Michael Tllson Thomas, conductor liana Vered, piano Gisele Buka Ben-Dor and Leif Bjaland, conducting fellows The Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra Tickets: $15 00. 11 00, 6 50. 5 50, 4 00. 1.00 Tuesday, August 7, 8:30 TCHAIKOVSKY, CHOPIN & WILLIAM TELL Rossini: Overture, William Tell Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 Lawrence Foster, conductor (Please note change ol conductor and program ) Emanuel Ax, piano Tickets: $27 00, 24-50, 12.00. 9 00, 6.50, 5 50,3.50,1.00 Tickets available at the Bowl Box Office (Mon -Sat 10-9: Sun 12 6) and Ticketmaster oullels (May Co Music Plus. Sporlmarl) Credit card phone orders (213) 480-3232. Oranqp County (714)740-2000. iMon -Sat 9 9 Sun 10 7 day ol perl until 1 00 p m Park & Ride S3 00 rounritnp (S4 00 Fullorton -Anaheiml Information (213) 856-5400. VISIT THE NEW HOLLYWOOD BOWL MUSEUM ADMISSION IS FREE.

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