Screen legend Kirk Douglas celebrated his 99th birthday last week, but instead of receiving gifts, he used the occasion to give one — a new Alzheimer’s treatment facility to Southern California.
He used his birthday party to announce the $15 million donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). The money will help pay for the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion, which will be able to take care of up to 80 Alzheimer’s patients from the entertainment industry.
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Douglas and his wife, Anne, have donated $40 million to the fund over the years and in 1992 launched the fund’s first Alzheimer’s facility, Harry’s Haven, named for Douglas’ father.
The star of “Spartacus” broke the news as party guests including his wife and four children gathered at his Beverly Hills, California home.
“My son Michael is here,” Douglas said, “Which just proves if you have enough money, you can have Michael Douglas speak at any event.”
(WATCH the video from MPTF below and READ more at Deadline Hollywood) — Photo: Angela George, CC; MPTF, video