Though nary a drop of blood is spilled in it, Alfred Hitchcok's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo is routinely voted by critics as the greatest thriller of all time. It's also the title I usually give when people ask me to name my favorite movie, since I consider it the ultimate cinematic meditation on the relationship between the two most integral parts of the human condition: love and death. And from the first time I saw it, back when I was twelve years old, I've considered its star Kim Novak the epitome of the Hitchcock blonde -- that cool, tightly coiffed, ephemeral creature, beyond mere dream girl, beyond femme fatale -- that exists only in the Master's work. So I considered myself pretty darn lucky when I had the opportunity to attend the now seventy-nine-year-old Novak's handprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard last Saturday, April 14, an event sponsored by the TCM Classic Film Festival, which she attended the day before to speak at a special screening of Vertigo. Check out some photos of the ceremony after the jump.
Below are some pictures of Kim Novak signing her name in wet cement in front of Grauman's, and adding her handprints. You can also see Novak joined by some friends, including TCM host Robert Osborne and fellow actress Debbie Reynolds. Vertigo co-star Jimmy Stewart had his own ceremony at the theater decades ago. Novak was long overdue (the star turned her back on Hollywood in the '60s, having had enough of the movie business; though she stated on Saturday that she's happy to be back). But I can't complain about the delay. It gave me the chance to witness a little piece of Hollywood history in the making.
Photos by Sophia Quach.