“I never worked with him, but I would cross paths with him in town here at charity events and things and, just a lovely, lovely, lovely man. Wonderful guy,” the Flamingo Road actress, 70, shared with Closer at the Hollywood Beauty Awards in early February.
As she looked back on her handful of memories, Morgan gushed over the moment her mom, Martha Jane McClenny, met Kirk — who died at age 103 on February 5 — for the first time. “Rogers & Cowan was opening [and] was breaking Julio Iglesias in America back in the ’80s, and my mother had been out here visiting, and I was going to go to this party,” she remembered.
“She was supposed to go home and she was pleading with me because Kirk was hosting a party,” the Falcon Crest actress continued. “‘You can’t make me go back to Texas unless I meet Kirk Douglas.’ So she stayed to meet Kirk Douglas, and he was very gracious to my mother. I always remembered that.”
Morgan said Kirk be remembered not only “for all those iconic movie roles and as a producer and everything, but also because he was the one who broke the Hollywood blacklist. And that was very important,” she noted. “And especially as we look [at] what’s going on in our country right now, the people who are willing to stand up to the bullies, I think it’s very important.”
Fans and fellow actors have been mourning the loss of the Hollywood legend ever since Kirk’s son Michael Douglas announced the heartbreaking news earlier this year.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” the Basic Instinct actor, 75, wrote in a social media post at the time. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine [Zeta-Jones], a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great-grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband,” Michael continued.
“Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” the Kominsky Method actor concluded. “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad — I love you so much.”
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