Kirk and Anne Douglas Donate $50 Million to Five Non-Profits

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On June 26, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video will release a DVD boxed set of three of Douglas' finest films: 1950's Young Man With a Horn, 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful and 1956's Lust for Life. A portion of proceeds will go to the Motion Picture & Television Fund Home, which he and Anne Douglas, his wife of 58 years, have long supported.

One gift will be used to enlarge the Harry's Haven Alzheimer's unit at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement home and hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne have announced pledges totaling $50 million to five nonprofit organizations, including the Motion Picture & Television Fund, through their Douglas Foundation.

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A portion of the gift will enlarge and improve the Harry's Haven Alzheimer's unit at the MPTF’s retirement home and hospital in Woodland Hills.

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Funds will also go towards the Anne Douglas Center for Women, which offers shelter, recovery assistance and employment programs at the Los Angeles Mission downtown, and the Center Theater Group's Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. Another pledge is marked for the Sinai Temple, the conservative synagogue in Westwood which is home to the Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center. A gift was also made to Douglas' alma mater, St. Lawrence University in New York, to widen a scholarship program for minority students who maintain a 3.0 grade-point average.

"Anne and I are of one mind in our philosophical approach to philanthropy," Douglas said. "We believe caring is sharing."