They coupled up in 1949, and Douglas remembers Neal fondly.
Just one catch: She was madly in love with Gary Cooper, her co-star in "The Fountainhead." "I think Pat reached out to me to try to break the hold that Cooper had over her," Douglas wrote in his memoir.
Later, in the Navy during World War II, Douglas saw a former classmate, Diana Dill, on the cover of Life magazine. " he recalled telling skeptical shipmates in his memoir "The Ragman's Son." "And you know what else?
I'm going to marry her." He wrote to Diana, in care of the magazine, and they were married six months later.
The occurrence was so common that a group of students at Bowling Green State University dubbed the act of drink throwing as "Shipmating".
Douglas (seen here with Frank Sinatra at the 1959 Boomtown gala, a charity event that raises money for children in need) wasn't one for staying up until the wee small hours of the morning.
She had "a wild crush on Kirk," according to her memoir, and later helped him land his first movie role.
In due course, the cleft chin became his trademark.
There's even an imprint of it, along with his hands and feet, on the famous sidewalk in front of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre. Douglas' parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who settled in upstate New York, where his father eked out a living as a ragman, trading in old rags and other junk.
Then, like Anne, it was part of my life."The role of Vincent Van Gogh in 1956's "Lust for Life" had a disturbing effect on Douglas, who at times felt himself "going over the line, into the skin" of the Dutch artist whose mental illness drove him to suicide. "I could never play him again."Douglas (seen here with Frank Sinatra at the 1959 Boomtown gala, a charity event that raises money for children in need) wasn't one for staying up until the wee small hours of the morning. It's a crapshoot: You roll the dice, and you see what happens."Douglas bought the rights to Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and starred in an adaptation of the novel on Broadway.
He'd often duck out early, even when he was the host. You must go back and try to act like nothing happened.'"It had the earmarks of a winner—directed by Elia Kazan, co-starring Faye Dunaway not long after "Bonnie and Clyde"—but 1969's "The Arrangement" was a critical and financial flop. But by the time it became a movie—produced by his son Michael—Kirk was too old to play R. Mc Murphy, so the plum role went to Jack Nicholson.