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Kirk Douglas '39 is the author of a newly published memoir, Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning, from Wiley & Sons, Inc.

It is the fourth memoir by Douglas, who's acted in some 70 films and been nominated for three Academy Awards. One review states "In this fond look back, [Douglas] reflects on his first 89 years, his resilient marriage, his career, his near-fatal helicopter crash, his stroke and his ongoing recovery." He recently discussed the book in an appearance on "The Martha Stewart Show" and book-signing events have been scheduled in California.

In addition to the previous memoirs The Ragman's Son, Climbing the Mountain and My Stroke of Luck, Douglas is the author of novels and a children's book. He earned his St. Lawrence degree in English, and was a member of the wrestling team and Omicron Delta Kappa, the leadership honorary. Douglas was also president of the Thelomathesian Society, the student government organization. In 1958, the University awarded him an honorary degree and he returned to campus in 1999, announcing a gift to St. Lawrence of $1 million, to be used for scholarships to increase campus diversity.

Posted: April 5, 2007

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