Danny DeVito's Mother Sent A Heartfelt Letter To Kirk Douglas & Thanked Him For Casting Her Son

Date October 17, 2019 09:55

In May of 1972, Kirk cast Danny DeVito to play the character of Fly Speck in 1973 Scalawag. It was the major turning point of his career.

Out of the long-forgotten movie, Danny rose as a star. His mother's heart was filled with gratitude towards her son's thoughtful employer.

Kirk Douglas directed the western film based on an original story by Albert Maltz. It was a historic project for the Douglas clan. His wife served as a producer, his son became the stills photographer and another son assisted them as an office boy.

A heartfelt letter

No-one was prouder of the movie than Danny's mother, Julia DeVito. When she watched it, she couldn't resist sending an endearing letter to Mr. & Mrs. Douglas. She wanted to thank Kirk for giving a golden chance to her son and introducing him to new heights in showbiz.

The contents of the correspondence were featured in Kirk Douglas' autobiography. Julia humbly wrote:

I want to thank you both for giving my son a part in your movie. It's great to have a part with a big star like you.

Eight years after Scalawag's success on the big screen, Julia DeVito herself polished her acting skills. She starred opposite her now-famous son in two episodes of the classic sitcom, Taxi. She played, quite fittingly, his character's mother.

Her demise

Julia DeVito died on May 27, 1990, at the age of 85 in Neptune, New Jersey. She had suffered a heart attack. The compassionate lady survived only 8 years after her husband, Daniel's passing in 1982.

Danny mentioned the same letter of his charming mum at the AFI Life Achievement Awards. She was surely very close to him and he found her very supportive. Share this to honor a mother's love.