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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Portrait of American actor Kirk Douglas as he poses with his hands in his pockets, 1950. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Kirk Douglas: Star of David and Hollywood

Lawrence Baron, San Diego Jewish WorldPublished December 16, 2021

Like many Jews of his generation, Kirk Douglas had changed his name to avoid revealing that he was born Issur Danielovitch, the son of poor Jewish immigrants who lived in Amsterdam, New York.  Even before that, he adopted the Americanized surname of...

Jesse Eisenberg in the new film The Art of Self-Defense.

Jesse Eisenberg learns karate, Jon Favreau helms ‘Lion King’ remake, and more

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 18, 2019

Sleeper summer hit and ‘The Lion King’ redux“The Art of Self-Defense” opened on July 12 at the Tivoli theater in St. Louis and almost certainly will be held over a second week. I’ve never seen a better advance Variety review: “Casey Davis...

Kirk and Anne Douglas at their 60th wedding anniversary in 2014. (Christopher Briscoe)

Kirk Douglas: How the 100-year-old found true love

By Tom Tugend, JTAPublished June 15, 2017

When movie star Kirk Douglas married Anne Buydens in Las Vegas, the justice of the peace asked Anne to raise her hand and repeat after him, “I take thee, Kirk, for my lawful husband.”Anne, who had recently arrived in the United States from Europe,...

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