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‘Diamonds’ dazzles H’wood old, young

Script reworked to reflect Douglas

In the multi-generational spirit of Miramax’s “Diamonds,” Hollywood’s old guard mingled with the young turks at Sunday night’s premiere party at Jimmy’s II in BevHills.

Kirk Douglas, who is grateful to be back at work following his stroke, said: “Every day is a challenge. But I think you also get stronger every day, especially when you’re doing something that you love.” The film’s director, John Asher, said: “He (Douglas) and I basically rewrote the script to make it closer to his situation. We incorporated aspects of his own stroke experience, his speech impediment and his training to overcome it.”

Pic provided an opportunity for Douglas to reunite with longtime friend and former co-star Lauren Bacall.

Douglas said, “After I read it, I called Bacall and said there’s a wonderful part for you in this script, the part of a madam. She got so mad at me, but then she read the script and agreed that it would be fun to work together. And it was a wonderful reunion.”

For Jenny McCarthy “Diamonds” was a life-changing experience: “On the second day of shooting, I told the director that I was in love with him and I was going to marry him. A month later we were engaged. And now we’re married.”

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