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Movie Minutes Host Reflects On A Memory With The Late Kirk Douglas

Corbin Allred, Dan Ackroyd, Jeff Griffin, Lauren Bacall, Robin Holabird and Kirk Douglas talking with each other.
Courtesy of Robin Holabird
Corbin Allred (from left), Dan Ackroyd, former Reno Mayor Jeff Griffin, Lauren Bacall, former Film Commissioner Robin Holabird and Kirk Douglas in 1999.

Robin Holabird has reviewed movies for KUNR for over 30 years. During this time, she has been a vital contributor to the Nevada film community. In light of the recent passing of Kirk Douglas, a world-renowned actor, Holabird reflected on a memory she shared with Douglas:

Jenny McCarthy and Kirk Douglas smiling at each other.
Credit Robin Holabird
On the set of the 1999 film Diamonds, Jenny McCarthy sang "Happy Birthday" to Kirk Douglas.

“I felt lucky when Kirk Douglas came to Reno for his 1999 feature Diamonds, where he played a former boxer who left a treasure here in town. Of course, he was the treasure — and also a real-life fighter determined to work again after a debilitating stroke. By coincidence, my friends and I were eating at Bistro Roxy when Kirk and his wife came in and sat at a table. Surprised, I went over [and] said I hoped his first day in Reno went well. He broke into a big grin, patted the seat next to him, and had me join them because he wanted to talk about how wonderful it felt to be making a film again.”

Robin Holabird reviews the latest films for KUNR's Movie Minutes program. Listen to her commentary on Fridays during Fresh Air, or follow along online.

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