Sophia Loren and Kirk Douglas Waltz Through Their Latest Roles as Hollywood Honorees

updated 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Sophia Loren admitted she was nervous, but like a trouper she managed to read the speech she had written for the American Cinema Awards dinner in Los Angeles without blowing her lines. But earlier, asked to ad lib, the actress got stage fright. The press wanted her to say a few words before she and Kirk Douglas were specially honored. Instead, Loren clutched the arm of her husband, producer Carlo Ponti, on the left, and Michael Jackson on the right, then swept out of the room, leaving Douglas to fend for himself with the press. Janet Leigh was impressed with the turnout crowd of 1,200. "There's a reverence toward old Hollywood," she said, "and it was shown on this night."

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