Kirk Douglas looking forward to 100th birthday celebrations

2nd Dec 16 | Entertainment News

Movie legend Kirk Douglas is getting ready to celebrate his 100th birthday with a bash hosted by his son Michael and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The old-timer has no idea what to expect at the party on 9 December (16), when around 200 guests have been invited to mark the occasion.

"About 200 friends and family members will be there, but that's about all I know," he tells Closer Weekly magazine.

"My only job is to stay well and rested so I can show up and be charming. And, of course, give a little extemporaneous speech that I will have practised with my speech therapist, so people will understand me."

The Spartacus star, who suffered a stroke in 1996 which impaired his speech, is also planning a big gift to mark his 100th birthday, explaining he and his wife Anne "always use these happy occasions to give presents to the institutions we support through our foundation".

"Giving is a selfish act, I maintain, because it makes you feel so good," he adds.

As for the advice he has for others hoping to ring in their 100s, the acting veteran says, "I am always asked for advice on living a long and healthy life. I don't have any. I do believe, however, that we have a purpose for being here. I was spared after a helicopter crash and a stroke to do more good in the world before I leave it."

And his wife Anne keeps him feeling happy and healthy: "I was lucky enough to find my soulmate 63 years ago, and I believe our wonderful marriage and our nightly 'golden hour' chats have helped me survive all things."

His son Michael recently told U.K. chat show host Jonathan Ross his dad's birthday bash would be one to remember, revealing it's becoming a much bigger event than he had initially planned.

"I'm in charge of planning the party," he said. "I said, 'Let's maybe have an afternoon lunch', but then he doesn't like to watch people eat so we said, 'Let's do a tea', so we're down to a tea and we're just trying to get the details worked out, but it's turning out to be a major function."

© WENN Newsdesk 2016

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