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Not a dry eye in the Douglas house

GOOD MORNING: There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. And that included the tears streaming down the cheek of newly re-married Anne (Mrs. Kirk) Douglas. Her husband of a few hours — plus 50 years — had just serenaded her with a song he’d written for the occasion, “Please Stay In Love With Me.” Sample lyric: “I melt when you are near me, like snow on a sunny day/dissolve when you touch me, like teardrops kissed away. And if you ever leave me, I will follow you and cry/Please, please stay with me until the day I die.” David Foster was the musical director of the song, a CD of which was presented to each of the 300-plus guests arriving at Greystone in Beverly Hills Sunday for the ceremony. The emotion-packed surprise musical divertissement continued with director Jeff Kanew, who a cappella’d his own lyrics to “Young at Heart.” Kanew had directed Kirk in “Eddie Macon’s Run” in 1982, “Tough Guys,” with Burt Lancaster, in ’86, and a “Touched By An Angel” seg called “Bar Mitzvah ” for which Kirk received an Emmy nomination. He also directed Kirk’s grandson, Michael’s son Cameron, in “Adam and Eve” now in editing. Neither Cameron nor Michael attended, the former was working (a deejay gig) and Michael’s home watching the two youngsters in Majorca while Catherine Zeta-Jones is working on “Ocean’s 12” on locations in Paris and Rome. Douglas family members on hand included the Joel Douglases and Peter Douglases with their children, Kelsey, Tyler, Ryan and 5-month-old Jason Kirk. Also on hand was Kirk’s first wife, Diana Douglas, and her husband Donald Webster. Anne Douglas, who recently converted to Judaism, noted to Kirk, “You’ve been married to two shiksas — it was time you married a nice Jewish girl.” … Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple performed the ceremony — he also conducted the ceremony of Anne’s conversion. The flawless event was by Park Plaza Events. … Among the many old friends of Kirk and Anne’s on hand: Barbara and Warren Cowan (he stood up for Kirk and Anne at their first wedding ceremony in Las Vegas), Jack Valenti, who made the introductory remarks at the post-ceremony party, the Karl Maldens, Tony Curtises, Nancy Reagan with Merv Griffin, Veronique Peck, Lauren Bacall, the Richard Riordans, Bernard Parkses, Ron Meyers, Frank Mancusos, Sidney Sheldons, Marvin Davises, Ardie Deutsches, Ann Jorgenson, Tim Vreeland, Theo Bikel, Dominick Dunne, Red Buttons, Don Rickles (who goes into the Las Vegas Gaming Hall of Fame, June 11), Angie Dickinson, Larry Gelbarts, Rosemarie Stack, Jennifer Jones, the Gordon Davidsons (who noted that the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City will bow in October with a dedication and special event. The first play to follow in November). A reminder of the Douglases many charitable endeavors over the years was the presence at the wedding of the Motion Picture and Television Foundation’s Ken Scherer. “Harry’s Haven” for Alzheimer patients at the MPTF Hospital was established by the Kirk Douglases. Both have sponsored hundreds of playgrounds at elementary schools and established the Anne Douglas Center for Homeless Women at the L.A. Mission.

MERV ADELSON IS BACK in showbiz. The onetime film and TV series producer, chairman of Lorimar and member of the board of Time Warner for 15 years until his departure from that post four years ago, has now formed Light Force Entertainment with son Andy. (See full story below.) Andy and Merv have started production of 12 live-action DVDs to be marketed direct to the consumer, and the series boasts a cast of “wonderfully talented kids” culled from over 200 applicants. Adelson says the show is designed “to get kids off the couch, develop self-confidence.” Adelson says he has a new life, but continues his work for the State of Israel on a non-profit basis, nationwide.

SHERYL LEE RALPH AND FREDA PAYNE gave of their talents at the Lift Ev’ry Vote fundraiser in support of John Kerry at developer Michael Keegan’s Hancock Park home Saturday. Among those on hand: Robert Guillaume, Carole King, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Weaver, Hattie Winston, Dolores Huerta, Congresswomen Diane Watson and Juanita Millender-McDonald, L.A. City Council member Antonio Villaraigosa. … “My best birthday present,” exuded Alana Stewart at her party at Mr. Chow’s, was news she’d gotten the lead in “Come Back to the Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean” at the Grove Theater in Upland with Richard Hochberg directing. And that she’ll play Poppy Montgomery’s mom in the feature ‘Between”. Among pals at Alana’s party: Tina Sinatra, getting congrats on “Manchurian Candidate”, Michael Black, Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal, Susanne de Passe, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Sandy Gallen, Nicolette Sheridan, Arnold Steiffel, and Alana’s son Sean … Linda Daly is chairman of the board of the Caring for Children and Families With AIDS’ June 5 Vintage Hollywood event at the home of (her mom) Nancy and Richard Riordan. The event is hosted by Richard Gere, Carey Lowell, Courteney and David Arquette, Ben and Christine Stiller, John Favreau and Quincy Jones. For ducats call: 323-931-9828, ext. 125 … Gena Rowlands, in rehab following her shoulder injury on the “Skeleton Key” set, was joined at home watching the Daytime Emmys in which she won for her role in “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie” by her daughter Xan Cassavetes who just arrived from Cannes where her docu, “Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession,” screened.

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