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Michael Douglas to receive lifetime achievement award

Story by: Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning actor, Michael Douglas, will follow in his father, Kirk's footsteps, when he receives a lifetime achievement award from the organisers of the Golden Globe Awards, next year.

The star of movies such as Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and Wall Street (for which he picked up the Oscar) has been chosen as the recipient of next year's Cecil B DeMille Award, from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and will collect it 35 years after his father.

The accolade will make the 59-year-old star the first second-generation recipient of the honour, which will be presented on January 25, 2004.

Past recipients of the award have included Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson.

Douglas will receive the honour for his 'outstanding contribution to the entertainment field'.

He won the best actor Oscar and best actor Golden Globe for his role in 1987's Wall Street, for his portrayal of high-flying Gordon Gekko, and was also awarded an Oscar and Golden Globe for producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in 1975.

Other notable performances have come in the likes of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of The Nile, as well as Ridley Scott's Black Rain, Steven Soderbergh's Traffic and Curtis Hanson's The Wonder Boys.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who organise the Golden Globes, has also announced that Lily Costner, 17-year-old daughter of Kevin Costner, will be next year's Miss Golden Globe.

The daughter of a well-known celebrity is traditionally appointed to help assist the show.

The January event will be the 61st Golden Globes, which are usually viewed as the second most important prize-giving ceremony in the Hollywood calendar.

For the record, Kirk Douglas won his lifetime achievement award, in 1968, for a career that included roles in films such as Spartacus, Paths of Glory and The Heroes of Telemark.

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