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Kirk Douglas: Long-time Hollywood leading man isn’t the hero we thought he was

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Kirk Douglas poses with his Golden Bear statuette during an awards ceremony at the 51st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin in 2001. Photo: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Kirk Douglas poses with his Golden Bear statuette during an awards ceremony at the 51st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin in 2001. Photo: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Kirk Douglas poses with his Golden Bear statuette during an awards ceremony at the 51st Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin in 2001. Photo: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

The leader of a slave revolt, a pugnacious prizefighter, a western gunslinger, a teenage girl’s rapist. Kirk Douglas was all of these things, but only one for real.

This is what we must accept if we are to believe Lana Wood, the younger sibling of Natalie Wood, who this week named Douglas as the man who sexually assaulted her sister.


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