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Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) was an American actor, producer, director, philanthropist and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck.

Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war films. During his career, he appeared in more than 90 films. Douglas was known for his explosive acting style, which he displayed as a criminal defense attorney in Town Without Pity (1961).

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Robert Burns the Musical which began life as Michael Jackson and David Gest dream set to return to Scotland

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A musical story that has involved some of the most famous names in showbiz and focuses on one of Scotland's most iconic figures, is now set to come full circle, as one of Scotland's most talented stage writers brings it home this year.

Robert Burns the Musical first began life in the early 90s, when renowned producer David Gest and the King of Pop Michael Jackson discovered a shared love of Scotland's national bard.

Now, nearly 30 years later, it's grown to become a tale that's involved names as famous as Kirk Douglas, Anthony Perkins and Gene Kelly, with talented Scots producer Tish Tindall finally ready to relaunch the show with a Scottish voice.Speaking to the Daily Record, Tish explained: "David [Gest] was fascinated by the story of Burns and everything he achieved in only 37 years, and of course, David was so good at bringing things together and getting people to do what he wanted."Somehow, he brought Hollywood, the West End, and Scottish writers together to make this thing happen."Using music that had been recorded in Michael Jackson's California recording studio, the original musical Red Red Rose, starring John Barrowman, was performed for backers in Hollywood in 1992.The project was then set to go ahead as a stage musical in 1993 under the direction of Hollywood legends Gene Kelly (Singin’ In The Rain) and co-producer Anthony Perkins (Psycho) but unfortunately, before it was fully finished, both gentlemen died and Gest put the musical on hold.Tish explained that it took him over a decade before he finally rediscovered the tapes and the script in 2008.She added: "David then wanted to gift it to Scotland, to the Burns Museum."However, in 2014 he decided he also wanted new life breathed into the project and that's

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