Friday, June 12, 2009
It was an emotional night on Thursday as Michael Douglas, his family, and his friends arrived at Sony Studios in Culver City to watch Michael accept the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor given for a career in film. The program was taped and will be airing on TV Land on July 19th, 2009 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. As the stars made their way down the Red Carpet, many shared stories about Michael and reiterated how proud they were of his achievement.
Eternal Playboy Hugh Hefner, with his bevy of blonde girlfriends in tow, affirmed that he was “very proud of Michael. We are here to pay tribute to a very special human being and a very special talent.”
Proud wife and fellow actor Catherine Zeta-Jones gave the reason why she thought her husband had such a lasting, successful career in Hollywood acknowledging, “It’s just being a movie star the way Michael Douglas is and always will be.”
Clearly bowled over with emotion, a teary-eyed Michael Douglas relayed to me that this night was “overwhelming” and he was emotional because his loved ones, especially his father and fellow AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, Kirk, was in attendance to share this special evening with him.
In fact, when I spoke with Kirk, he kept the mood very lighthearted, joking about Michael receiving the award 10 years after him, “It’s terrible! He’s too young to have a Life Achievement Award or otherwise I’m too old!”
Other famous friends on hand to celebrate Micheal’s career included: Benicio Del Toro, Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Jesse Metcalfe, Jane Seymour, and Eric McCormick. A very special night indeed.
TV Land PRIME presents The AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Michael Douglas on TV Land on July 19th, 2009 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.