Yep, the beautiful and talented star from such classics as “Picnic” and Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” Kim Novak finally got her hands and feet set in stone (er, cement) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard yesterday.
Kim Novak was never nominated for an Oscar, but in 1950s & 1960s Hollywood it was a struggle to be a blond bombshell in Hollywood and get roles that were complicated and challenging rather than just…well…to look pretty. But in “Vertigo” Kim proved her merits; she played two roles in the film, the opposing blond and brunettes Madeleine Elster and Judy barton, which gave “Vertigo” it’s genius unsettling creepiness. Critic David Thomson called her role, “one of the major female performances in the cinema.”
Alas, No Oscar, but today she got her name forever emblazoned on the fabled Grauman’s Chinese Theatre!
Kim Novak disappeared from the Hollywood scene in the 1960s, possibly suffering from bipolar disorder, which is much more commonly diagnosed now than it was then. One wonders what her career would have looked like if she could have stayed longer…
Before a crowd yesterday at ceremonies preceding Grauman’s, she was quoted as saying,
“I don’t think I was ever cut out to have a Hollywood life. Did I do the right thing, leaving? Did I walk out when I shouldn’t have? That’s when I get sad.”
Don’t feel too sad, Miss Novak, you’re wonderful!
Just another day in Hollywood…
There’s so much great history to share that if you come on a Los Angeles vacation or just want to do some sightseeing, you can’t pass it up! And the funny tour guides at our office are also Hollywood history buffs.
Don’t miss out, come by our office at LA City Tours and book a tour!