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American Legends: The Life of Kim Novak

American Legends: The Life of Kim Novak [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors
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*Includes pictures.
*Includes Novak's own quotes about her life and career.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

“My security comes from my senses, my sensing the direction I should go and suddenly I felt out of tune, out of step with what other people wanted or what other people expected of me.” – Kim Novak

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

From the moment the film industry became a burgeoning business that offered actresses an opportunity to seek fame and fortune, millions of girls across America have dreamed of making it big on screen, despite the long odds against them. And yet, among the few that have catapulted to superstardom, few did it as quickly, effortlessly, or as seemingly disinterested as Kim Novak. An art student in her early 20s, Novak found herself in Los Angeles by chance and appeared as an extra in a 1954 film to earn money, only to be almost immediately discovered by Columbia and turned into a star when she appeared in Picnic (1955).

Picnic began a 10 year run that witnessed Novak become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, starring in major hits like Pal Joey (1957), Middle of the Night (1959), The Notorious Landlady (1962), and Of Human Bondage (1964). However, Novak’s most famous role was as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary “icy blondes” in Vertigo (1958), beguiling Jimmy Stewart’s character to the point of madness in what is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. In addition to being one of the country’s most recognizable and alluring sex icons, the girl who originally wanted to be an artist had reached the upper echelon of Hollywood itself, all before she turned 30.

Just about every actress would kill to have the success Novak had during her first decade as an actress, but after 1965, she’d decided that she was mostly through with making films, despite still being near the peak of her career. After starring in The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965), Novak only made a dozen more films over the next 26 years, and she has not appeared in a movie since Liebestraum (1991). While her decision to get out of Hollywood presents a classic what-if over where her career may have ended up had she kept going, Novak has been one of the rare stars happier to thrive outside of the spotlight, continuing to paint and raise animals while living on an Oregon ranch with her husband of nearly 40 years.

American Legends: The Life of Kim Novak examines the life and career of one of America’s most famous actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Kim Novak like never before, in no time at all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (15 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JPW07L6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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It was interesting biography on Kim Novak, especially as I knew so very little about the actress.
Having said that it must be a great honour for her to star in the film voted the greatest film of all time Vertigo
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legends live on! 29 April 2014
By DD Gott - Published on
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This book was incredible. I loved her in the movies and always thought it a shame that she had quit making them. But now after reading this I understand and if she's happy than that was the way that it was suppose to be. Her health was something that I don't think anyone really knew anything about. She was and is VERY fortunate to have the type that she does and not the debilitating kind. To be able to live the life that she has, her painting and her love of animals, is amazing. There are many, myself included that would give anything to have that kind of life even with the problems she has suffered through. I very happy for her!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kim Novak's Life 22 April 2014
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Wonderfully written, although short on personal details but worth the read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this amazing movie star.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just a collection of news clippings strung together 3 May 2014
By Victoria L. Bergesen - Published on
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There is not depth or analysis to this book. It is just a bunch of quotes from news articles strung together.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dissapointed 12 May 2014
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I expected a more elaborate portrait of Ms Novak not just a cut and paste biography. I am a bit let down.
3.0 out of 5 stars A star of the 60's. 7 July 2014
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NO depth. Too succinct. It was boring and impersonal. I feel I wasted my money on it, no matter how it cost.
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