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  • keithw
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    #145929

    I have always been a fan of Kim Novak and was glad she attended the Oscars.  It’s too bad that she would have to wake up Monday morning to read and hear the nasty things written about her.   All that aside………what do you think of her career?  Would she be worthy of consideration for an Honorary Oscar?  

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    Scottferguson
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    She was an underrated actress who overcame her intended purpose (Columbia contract actress groomed to become their Marilyn Monroe) to show real dramatic and comedic talent. Obviously having the female role in arguably the greatest film ever made (Vertigo) elevates her, and while I think she is every bit as deserving as Lauren Bacall and Angela Lansbury, my guess is that she won’t be seriously considered. 

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    K-Hole
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    Three fims I never tire of watching: Vertigo; Picnic; Bell Book and Candle. The first two films require no introduction, and the latter film is a charming and beautifully-shot (by James Wong Howe) comedy with a great cast.

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    benbraddock
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    A horrid actress with a good career..that is my assessment..i remember being
    young and thinking she had a smokey voice and tried to act sexy but i never
    felt she pulled it off…A book I used to refer to on film reviews back in the 70’s
    ALWAYS  reviewed her films and never failed to call her INEPT or THE INEPT
    MISS NOVAK…usually referring to how she ruined films..I used to think the
    reviewer was telling the truth because at a young age i found her terrible..
    The only time, IMO, that she even managed to hold her own in a film was
    in VERTIGO…. her personna and delivery lent itself brilliantly to that film
    and even she couldnt ruin it…For me, Jimmy Stewart seemed uncomfortable
    acting opposite her..but somehow they had great chemistry on screen and it
    worked..

    Picnic, an awful film with hammy performances by Holden and Russell..
    Novak actually was the quiet actress in that film…She did get some very good
    roles based on her beauty..but that only lasted about 10 years…Other beautiful
    Hollywood actresses back then managed 30+ year careers..not Novak…people
    say she chose to stop acting and retreated to her horses in the mountains..
    I know thats not tur..Hollywood got tired of her..and offered nothing…When
    she did the Mirror Cracked in the late 70’s, it was a campfest for her and Taylor.

    It was nice to see her at the oscars..obviously, the 2 producers must have had
    a thing for her as young men..and talked her into presenting…She was embarassing
    reading cue cards and she and McConaughey made no sense together…His off
    the cuff remark about vertgo generated a small amount of applause for her and
    made her feel more comfortable…maybe then, everyone stopped staring at her
    butchered plastic surgery….

    Some stars really need no be seen….NOVAK AND MINNELLI….  it just becomes
    fodder for negative talk,.

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    Baby Clyde
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    A terrible actress who manged to give a handful of creditable performances amongst many other laughable ones.

    She did very well for herself considering her limited talent and mediocre beauty.

    Having said that I love a movie legend, so was was very happy to see her at The Oscars although her botched surgery was a tragedy to behold.

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    K-Hole
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    A terrible actress who manged to give a handful of creditable performances amongst many other laughable ones.

    She did very well for herself considering her limited talent and mediocre beauty.

    Having said that I love a movie legend, so was was very happy to see her at The Oscars although her botched surgery was a tragedy to behold.

    You call this “mediocre”? Hers is the face that launched the most famous obsession in any movie ever made!

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    vinny
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    She has made some really good movies (Picnic, Pal Joey, Vertigo, The Man with the Golden Arm, and Bell Book and Candle come to mind off the bat) and two that weren’t so good….Anyone remember “The Notorious Landlady”….good premise but just so disappointing.

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    Atypical
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    Kim Novak was everything in “Vertigo.” I would have nominated her there in Lead Actress, as well as James Stewart in Lead Actor.

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    Logan
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    Strangers When We Meet is worth seeing.

    Here’s a piece about Novak by Dave Kehr (you get some biographical details about her that might provide some interest):

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/movies/homevideo/15kehr.html?_r=0 

    I was hurt by the reaction to her appearance – she was at Cannes last year, so it’s not like she has been entirely invisible, and this storm of criticism really bothered me, but it has been nice seeing quite a few people come to her defense. It’s not a surprise when people have a quick reaction to something like a person’s appearance, but it’s troubling to me that people actually decided that it was worth their time to make fun of her. It’s not just some quick impulse but a calculated decision:

    1) you see her, 2) you have a reaction, 3) you decide you want to share that reaction with people, 4) you type out your thoughts and possibly edit along the way, 5) you hit “send,” or “enter.”

    Yet no where along the way the person thinks, “Wow, this might be insensitive?” –and if they do, they still decided it’s worth sharing? It’s just a very mean thing to do.

    Novak is thought to be rather fragile, so I hope people have shielded her from these comments as well as they can. 

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    Ben – I believe the producers are gay, so not sure what sort thing she had.

    This is why older actors and actresses mostly have zero interest in appearing at the Oscars. 

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    Nice piece Logan. Compassion and tolerance esp behind a keyboard is easier to put aside.

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    You call this “mediocre”? Hers is the face that launched the most famous obsession in any movie ever made!

    She’s a pretty woman obviously but compared to the likes Taylor, Monroe, Gardner, Turner, Simmons, Hayworth, Bacall, Hepburn, Kelly, Loren etc she looks like a quite ordinary corn fed, mid western beauty queen.

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    She actually was a city girl, raised in Chicago by Polish emigre parents. But part of her appeal was that she was more down to earth than the others.

    What do looks have to do with talent though? The proof of that is in many of her films. 

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    If the point is that women from the Midwest can’t “compete” with classic beauties – Jean Seberg,  Dorothy Dandridge, Jean Harlow, and Halle Berry fans would disagree with you.

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    #145944

    Kim Novak’s beauty was unique, especially in Vertigo where you completely understand Stewart’s character’s obsession with her. This is a role in which looks and talent are equally important, and she has both, allowing her to adapt from an ethereal to an earthier beauty in her dual role. Haven’t seen her other films so can’t speak for them, but she is no ordinary beauty queen.

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