Kirk Douglas, who appeared in Edmond J. Safra Hall in September of 2007 to discuss his memoir Let's Face It is set to star in a one-man show at the age of 92. After meeting Mr. Douglas when he came to the Museum, it is not surprising to hear he still wants to perform; he is incredibly enthusiastic and completely dedicated to his craft. When we met him, he was charming, gracious, and kind. He kissed our hands and even signed a book for Betsy's grandma!Friend of the Museum
We weren't the only ones star-struck that day; actor John Turturro is a big fan (he even showed Douglas a list of his favorite actors he'd written as a kid with Douglas at the top) and came to the Museum just to meet him. After Turturro visited, however, he decided to come back a couple months later to present a screening of The Truce, in which he plays Primo Levi. (He says that it is the work he is most proud of: a quick look at Turturro's career will show you that really says something.)
We wish Mr. Douglas success in this new project.
We'd also like to take a moment to remember one of the greats whom we have recently lost: Horton Foote, the brilliant playwright and screenwriter, died on Wednesday. He leaves a legacy of over 60 plays and films, including The Young Man from Atlanta, which won a Pulitzer in 1995 and the Academy award-winning screenplay for Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Horton was able to do justice to adaptations of works by some of the greatest American writers of the 20th century--Lee, Faulkner, and Steinbeck--capturing the essence of their works' message while endowing them with cinematic appeal. To Kill a Mockingbird examines race relations and the fairness of the American legal system, both of which relate to the Museum's upcoming exhibits Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow and Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited.