TCM continues to make classic movie lovers very happy and well informed. Turner Classic Movies is the cable channel real movie lovers tune to when wanting something more than a throwaway, forgettable flick. Fortunately for Kim Novak fans, so many of her movies are more than memorable keepers. Classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”, co-starring Jimmy Stewart, “Picnic”, the powerful Broadway play brought to the siliver screen, opposite William Holden and the playful, bewitching comedy, “Bell, Book and Candle”, which helped to inspire the wildly popular sitcom, “Bewitched”, all have the electric eyed Kim Novak in common. Recently, during TCM’s annual film festival, Novak opened up to Robert Osborne about her career, her personal life and how happy she is these days.
Robert Osborne is a long time fixture at the network. He’s also one of the most popular, scholarly and most tenured members of the TCM family. Not only does he do many of the fun and informative introductions to the channel’s film fare, but he also hosts special events and documentaries. He was an actor himself, working with the legendary Lucille Ball, and his vast inside knowledge of Hollywood and fiery passion for the art form of film lends a classy authority to TCM as the go to place for classic Hollywood cinema.
Novak sat down with Osborne and told him how much she valued his friendship and how long she’d waited to have a conversation with him about her life and career. Among the topics discussed:
Working with Hitchcock and how she found the UK born director – to the opposite of many other performers – flexible and easy to work with, save for his ‘drab’ choice for her wardrobe.
Working with Frank Sinatra twice – on “The Man With The Golden Arm” and “Pal Joey” – and how old blue eyes got so much into character, it truly surprised her.
How she basically stumbled into Hollywood on a lark, and was discovered.
Her family, their debilitating mental illness, and the mental illness she herself suffers from.
She’s an extremely talented artist and painter, and was first going to go that life route on a scholarship.
Her family and personal life now and how much she loves living a simple life with her painting, husband and animals.
If you’re looking for more insight into those legendary years of classic Hollywood and want to know so much more about the iconic actress Kim Novak, catch this great special on TCM. The cable channel continues to document some of the most important names in the film industry and should be highly commended for its artistic and historical efforts.