(Eingeschränkte Rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Kim Novak *13.02.1933-Schauspielerin, USAPorträt- 1955Foto: Columbia Pictures CorporationNutzung-nur-für-Zeitungen-und-Magazine! (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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Tomorrow’s Stars Yesterday: Kim Novak, 1955

Shirley MacLaine and Kim Novak would achieve superstar status.

Cecil B. deMille series (1998) so it’s only fitting we devote a special salute to Kim, whose dual role as Madeleine Elster and Judy Barton in Hitchcock’sVertigo assures her a place in the pantheon of Hollywood’s greatest performances. The film itself was recently voted the greatest film of all time in Sight and Sound’s definitive poll of the world’s foremost filmmakers and critics.

Rita Hayworth whose career was on the decline and Cohn hoped she’d become their Marilyn Monroe.

Fred MacMurray in PushoverJudy Holliday and Jack Lemmon in Phfft, she was chosen by Joshua Logan to play the female lead in his film translation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic,

Otto Preminger chose her to play opposite Frank Sinatra in The Man with the Golden Arm, and despite her inexperience and lack of self-confidence, he guided her sympathetically through dozens of takes, which enabled her to give a performance that was highly praised.

The Eddy Duchin Story, Jeff Chandler in the biopic of actress Jeanne Eagels, and again with Sinatra in Pal Joey, all box office hits, which led Hitchcock to cast her in Vertigo

Vertigo received mixed reviews, and Novak herself expressed disappointment with her performance, but she (and critics) has come around to recognize it as her best work. Even though she and Hitchcock didn’t get along during the shoot, years later she alone protested when the Oscar-winning film The Artistpurloined a section of Bernard Hermann’s classic Vertigo

James Stewart as her costar for her next Columbia filmBell, Book and Candle, she went on suspension, ultimately forcing Cohn to increase her salary to $3,000 a week.

Fredric March in Middle of the Night, Kirk Douglas in Strangers When We Meet, and Jack Lemmon in The Notorious Landlady, the latter two directed by Richard Quine with whom she was romantically involved. Her other liaisons with actors Richard Johnson (they were married a year), Michael Brandon, and Sammy Davis, Jr. were ephemeral, but her marriage to equine veterinarian Richard Malloy has lasted for 40 years.

Billy Wilder’sKiss Me Stupid

Mike Figgis’Liebestraum, she retired from public life emerging only occasionally to accept a lifetime achievement award.