Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956, dir. Vincente Minnelli)
I have a terrible lucidity at moments when nature is so beautiful. I am not conscious of myself anymore, and the pictures come to me as in a dream.
“Once after a dinner party, Gregory Peck and I drove Fred Astaire home. Fred lived in a colonial house that had a long porch with many pillars. When we dropped him off, he danced along the whole front porch, then opened the door, tipped his hat to us, and disappeared.
Wow! Greg and I couldn’t speak for a few minutes. It was a beautiful way to say thank you.”
-Kirk Douglas, in his autobiography Let’s Face It