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Warner Home Video Releases 'Kirk Douglas Drama Collection,' Pays Douglas a House Call

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2012 at 2:46PM

Nonagenarian Kirk Douglas received a house visit today from Warner Home Video's Jeff Baker, who gave the actor copies of the "Kirk Douglas Drama Collection" DVD box set, which includes Vincente Minelli's "Lust for Life" and "The Bad and the Beautiful," and Michael Curtiz' "Young Man with a Horn"...
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Kirk Douglas in "Lust for Life"
Kirk Douglas in "Lust for Life"

Nonagenarian Kirk Douglas received a house visit today from Warner Home Video's Jeff Baker, who gave the actor copies of the "Kirk Douglas Drama Collection" DVD box set, which includes Vincente Minelli's "Lust for Life" and "The Bad and the Beautiful," and Michael Curtiz' "Young Man with a Horn."

The net proceeds from the set will go to the Motion Picture & Television Fund; Douglas also accepted a check from Baker on behalf of the MPTF representing the first installment. Douglas and his wife Anne are major benefactors of the MPTF; the org provides health, social and financial services to entertainment industry professionals.

The collection, available tomorrow, also includes "Before I Forget," a one-man play Douglas wrote and starred in.

Douglas accepting check

This article is related to: Kirk Douglas, Warner Brothers, Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.