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Kim Novak

Kim Novak

Kim Novak will make a special appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 15-26, 2013.

In a press release that went up on their site, the Festival of Cannes said that to mark the restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” they’ve invited the star of the film to grace the festival with her presence.

She may be walking the carpet with Monsieur Jerry Lewis, who is the guest of honor this year on the Croisette. I hope he doesn’t yell out at Ms. Novak, “Hey Lady!”

From the release: Novak will attend the screening of ‘Vertigo,’ filmed in 1958, which will be shown in its restored form as part of Cannes Classics. She will also take part in the closing ceremony for the 66th Festival de Cannes where she will award one of the Prizes on Sunday 26 May 2013.

Novak first attended the Festival in 1959 for the presentation of “Middle of the Night” by Delbert Mann (Palme d’or 1955 for “Marty).

Her most memorable roles included the prostitute with a big heart in “Kiss Me, Stupid” by Billy Wilder, the witch in Richard Quine’s “Bell, Book and Candle,” and the adulteress in another Quine film, “Strangers When We Meet.”

But Kim Novak’s greatest performance was surely as the disturbing heroine of 1958’s “Vertigo,” Hitchock’s finest film, which he described as “a love story with a strange atmosphere.”

Of her role, Kim Novak said, “What was interesting was that the scene reflected what I was going through at the time. It was the story of a woman who was forced to be someone she wasn’t.”

Unwilling to accept the iron rule of the studios, she left Hollywood prematurely in order to devote herself to painting.

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