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Jamie Lee Curtis of 'Freaky Friday' Fame Recalls How Kirk Douglas Once Saved Her from Drowning as a Child

Busayo Ogunjimi
Feb 13, 2020
05:30 A.M.
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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis took to social media to post a tribute to late actor Kirk Douglas, who died last Wednesday at the age of 103, recalling how he once saved her life.

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In a tweet, Jamie Lee Curtis described Kirk Douglas as a lifesaver and narrated how he once saved her from drowning when she was young. The actress wrote:

"...when I rode my tricycle into the pool at a party & he dove in & brought me up from the bottom, still peddling."

Jamie Lee Curtis accepts the SOC's President's Award at The Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards 2020 held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on January 18, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Jamie Lee Curtis accepts the SOC's President's Award at The Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards 2020 held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on January 18, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

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Accompanying Jamie's tweet were some old photos, including a photo from the movie, "The Vikings," in which her parents starred in, alongside Kirk Douglas.

The late Hollywood star's actor son, Michael Douglas, earlier announced his father's passing in an Instagram post, writing,

"It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103."

Kirk Douglas stands with son Michael Douglas as he hugs him from behind at the premiere of "It Runs In The Family" on April 7, 2003. | Source: Getty Images

Kirk Douglas stands with son Michael Douglas as he hugs him from behind at the premiere of "It Runs In The Family" on April 7, 2003. | Source: Getty Images

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Continuing, Michael Douglas added that to him and his brothers, Joel and Peter, Kirk Douglas was simply "Dad," and to Catherine, he was a wonderful father-in-law.

He added that Kirk was also a wonderful grandfather and great grandfather to his grandchildren and great-grandchild, respectively, as well as being a wonderful husband to his wife, Anne.

Jamie Curtis's father, Tony Curtis, starred alongside Kirk Douglas in four movies.

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Michael further said that his late father's life was well-lived and that he leaves behind a legacy in the film industry that would endure for generations to come, along with a history as a renowned philanthropist.

The "Fatal Attraction" star ended his tribute with the words he revealed to have said to his late father on his last birthday,

"Dad- I love you so much, and I am so proud to be your son."

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Jamie Curtis's father, Tony Curtis, starred alongside Kirk Douglas in four movies, including the famous 1960 film, "Spartacus," which was directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Before then, they had starred alongside Tony's wife, Janet Leigh in "The Vikings." The other movies that featured the actors include "Operation Petticoat" (1959), and "The List of Adrian Messenger" (1963).

Kirk Douglas's Funeral held last Friday in Los Angeles, California. Present at the funeral were his wife and sons, Michael Douglas's wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Steven Spielberg.

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