Kirk Douglas planned to celebrate his 100th birthday on Dec. 9 with a party and a special treat: a shot of vodka.
The actor has been under strict medical orders to abstain from alcohol, but his cardiologist, Dr. P.K. Shah, promised Douglas that if he made it to 100, he could have a glass of vodka. Shah is expected to be among 150 in attendance at an afternoon tea party for Douglas in Beverly Hills.
Also on the guest list are his extended family, including three sons and seven grandchildren, and old friends like director Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Don Rickles and other Hollywood luminaries.
Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles, who has directed Douglas’ weekly Torah studies for many years, will also be there. Wolpe officiated at the actor’s second bar mitzvah, when Douglas — at 83 — declared, “Today, I am a man.”
Hosting the event will be Douglas’ son, Oscar winner Michael Douglas, and his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who will also welcome leaders of numerous charities and institutions in the United States and Israel that have received approximately $118 million over the years from Douglas and his wife, Anne.
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