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Kirk Douglas: Rare Early Photos of a Hollywood Legend

Kirk Douglas has been a force in Hollywood for so long that it's easy to forget that, like every actor, he was once a virtual unknown

Father's Day Special: LIFE With Famous Dads

Father’s Day: Pictures of JFK, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford and Other Famous Dads With Their Kids - LIFE

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), LtCmdr, USNR, WW II 1941-42. Johnson, who was a member of the U.S. Congress at the time, volunteered to serve in in the South Pacific as "the eyes and ears" of FDR reporting directly to General Douglas MacArthur. LBJ was awarded a Silver Star for participation in the Salamaua-Lae campaign. U.S. Representative (D-TX) 1937-49; U.S. Senate 1949-55; Senate Maj Ldr 1955-61; 37th VP 1961-63; 36th President 1963-69.

Kirk Douglas, born December 9, in 1916. Nominated three times for Best Actor starting with Champion(1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), and Lust for Life (1956). Douglas has appeared in over 90 film and TV roles including. Paths of Glory, Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and The Final Countdown.

Happy 100th Birthday Kirk Douglas - - Cleft-chinned movie star Kirk Douglas continues to enjoy his well-deserved fame as a legendary actor, producer, director and author. We all know the classic films in which he starred. Some of our favorites are: Champion (1949) Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Lust for Life (1956) The Vikings (1958) Spartacus (1960) Lonely Are the Brave (1962) (Don’t let the dates d

Kirk Douglas poses with actress Lola Albright, a co-star in the 1949 movie "Champion." See more photos of Douglas that were never published in LIFE: (Peter Stackpole—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

A Woman's Secret is a 1949 film noir. It was based on the novel Mortgage on Life by Vicki Baum. It was directed by Nicholas Ray and starred Maureen O'Hara, Gloria Grahame and Melvyn Douglas. [edit]Plot summary In a story told in a series of flashbacks, singer Marian Washburn (Maureen O'Hara) loses her voice. Aided by her piano player, Luke Jordan (Melvyn Douglas), they promote a young singer Susan Caldwell (Gloria Grahame).