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Cook, 46, and his year-old girlfriend, singer Kelsi Taylor, have been quietly dating for the last year, and regularly share couple snapshots on. Renowned ladies' man Kirk Douglas wasn't prepared to dish on his sexual Modal Trigger Kirk Douglas in “Spartacus” in Courtesy Everett Collection . scared him because she was dating the tumultuous Frank Sinatra. Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, ) is an American actor and producer. Douglas's . Michael Douglas started his film career in the late s and early s, appearing in little . After the filming of Summertree in , Douglas began dating actress Brenda Vaccaro, a relationship that lasted nearly six years.
A few years later as he struggled to become an actor, he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and his eyes fell on a sultry blond woman named Betty Bacall.
Douglas said Bacall, who would later change her first name to Lauren, teased the impoverished student about the shabby, oversize overcoat he wore — so she got him a new one. One warm spring evening on a rooftop in Greenwich Village I tried to seduce her.
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Crawford played an innocent flirt throughout their dinner, he said. But the instant the front door of her Hollywood mansion closed behind them, she tore off her dress, flung it aside and grappled Douglas to the foyer floor. Afterward, Crawford, a famous dirt-a-phobe, took him on a tour of the multi-level home, where Douglas noticed how immaculate it was. It was so professional, clinical, lacking in warmth, like the sex we had just had. In real life she was blah.
Mine was not to question why; mine was just to get through that window. In her own memoir, the Oscar-winning actress wrote of the love affair she had with married leading man Gary Cooper. When it came to sex, Douglas admits he looked at it as if he were on a big game safari in Africa. But Douglas rounded out the picture: Neal was having an affair with him at the same time.
Douglas remembered staying at a hotel one night when he was awakened by a knocking. He cannot pretend he's still thirty when he's waking up next to a fifty-year-old woman.
A younger partner is life-affirming. She helps to stave off his own fear of aging and mortality.
If a man can wake up next to a woman a decade or two younger, he can convince himself that he is still young. Interestingly, because we women have 'internalised the male gaze', the opposite can be true for us.
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We don't see ourselves reflected in our partner, per se; we see ourselves reflected in our partner's eyes. If our partner sees us as young and hot, we see ourselves as young and hot.
If he sees us as aging and undesirable, we internalise that, too. A man is only as young as the woman he feels, but a woman is only as young as a man sees her to be. We women assimilate men's attitudes and channel them into our own panic about getting older, so our fear of aging is far more visible. But perhaps men fear aging just as much, or more than, us. And perhaps if men were less afraid of their own mortality, they wouldn't gravitate towards younger women, and older women would retain their social value.
Now, I'm not saying that every May-December relationship is born of a fear of death, any more than every other relationship is born of true compatibility. But it is worth deconstructing the unconscious forces behind our choices, particularly when they impact so profoundly on self esteem and social status.
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If we all focused on accepting the finite nature of life, and of valuing every stage of our lives, perhaps we would find ourselves making different decisions. We would certainly enhance the lives and relationships we have now, particularly the relationships with ourselves.
And it wouldn't be so shocking when a middle-aged man dates an older, rather than younger, woman. That would be a welcome change.