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Kirk Douglas is all smiles as he attends 100th birthday party after Catherine Zeta Jones shares touching video tribute

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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas was all smiles as he left his home to attend a party in his honour.

The screen legend turned 100 on Friday and celebrated in style at a bash thrown at the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

Douglas was seen being helped out of the front door and into a waiting car where he smiled broadly for photographers.

His daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta Jones, posted a touching video tribute to the Spartacus star as he was seen making his way to the party.

“Happy Birthday Kirk, 100 years old today, love you pappy,” she wrote at the start of the video that showed a series of candid family moments.

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The actor previously spoke about the celebrations, saying son Michael had something very special planned.

He shared: “About 200 friends and family members will be there, but that’s about all I know.

Douglas is best known for his roles in Spartacus (1960) and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

The actor previously spoke about the celebrations, saying son Michael had something very special planned

200 guests were expected at his birthday celebrations on Friday

“My only job is to stay well and rested so I can show up and be charming. And, of course, give a little extemporaneous speech that I will have practiced with my speech therapist, so people will understand me.”

Douglas’ incredible career spans seven decades and saw him win three Oscar nominations, as well as an honorary Academy Award in 1996 for being “a creative and moral force in the motion picture community”.

He also starred in a number of Westerns, including Along The Great Divide (1951) and Lonely Are The Brave (1962), as well as early Stanley Kubrick film Paths Of Glory in 1957

In 1968 won the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment

Best known for his roles in Spartacus (1960) and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), Douglas earned his Oscar nominations for Best Actor in Champion (1949), The Bad And The Beautiful (1952), and Lust For Life (1956), but lost out on the trophy each time.

He was born Issur Danielovitch in 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, to Jewish immigrant parents Herschel and Bryna, who had left Chavusy in the Mogilev region of the Russian Empire, which is modern-day Belarus.

The Danielovitch family also had six daughters and lived in poverty with Herschel working as a ragman.

In 1957 he won a Best Actor Golden Globe for Lust For Life

After enlisting in the US Navy in 1941, Issur changed his name to Kirk Douglas and was a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare during the Second World War until he was medically discharged because of injuries in 1944.

Douglas had attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City on a special scholarship, where two of his classmates were Diana Dill, who became his first wife in 1943, and Lauren Bacall, who helped to launch his film career.

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He and Dill had two sons together – actor Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas – before they divorced in 1951.

Douglas later married Anne Buydens in 1954 and they also had two sons together, producer Peter Douglas and actor Eric Douglas, who died in 2004.

The star is known for his relationships with a series of famous women, including Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich.

Thanks to: mirror – US gossip

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