Sammy Davis Jr. You had to see him: the gorgeous shirt, the cuff links, the way everything billowed. He was in the dark and suddenly the spotlight picked him up—he was electric, he was hot, it was almost a sexual thing.
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A rare combination of icy aloofness and earthy sensuality helped to make actress Kim Novak one of the top box office stars in Hollywood during the s and early s. Films like "Picnic" and "The Man with the Golden Arm" gave her the chance to display her dramatic and even vulnerable sides, but it was Alfred Hitchcock who provided her with an enduring showcase as the object of James Stewart's affections in "Vertigo" By the end of the s, Novak had pulled back from the daily Hollywood grind, choosing to take a hiatus from film. Her absence from the public eye only increased the allure of her legend, and preserved her status as one of postwar Hollywood's most mysterious and appealing actresses. View All Photos Sammy Davis, Jr.
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The two women portrayed by Novak are part of a plot to trick an acrophobic former detective played by Jimmy Stewart , with whom Barton falls in love. As a teenager, Novak left Chicago, where she was working as a model, and moved to Hollywood to audition to be an extra in The French Line , a film starring Jane Russell. She succeeded in that mission and also came to the attention of the president of Columbia Pictures , Harry Cohn , who offered her a contract and groomed her for a career as a Hollywood sex symbol. Cohn transformed her image, instructing her to lose weight and, as another young actress named Marilyn— Marilyn Monroe —was then a rising star, suggested that she change her name. Although she insisted on keeping her surname, she adopted the given name Kim. She also took acting lessons and, early on, was cast in films opposite well-established actors such as Fred MacMurray Pushover , and Jack Lemmon Phffft , In the mids Novak was given leading roles in several films. In The Man with the Golden Arm , Frank Sinatra played a master card dealer and ex-con trying to make it as a jazz drummer, a path impeded by his heroin addiction and his deceptive wife. Picnic is often considered her breakthrough film. She won praise for her performance as a singer and dancer who is able to resist the charms of a womanizing singer Sinatra in the popular musical Pal Joey , which also featured Rita Hayworth.
Marilyn Pauline " Kim " Novak born February 13, is an American retired film and television actress. Novak began her film career in after signing with Columbia Pictures , starring in many movies, including Picnic , The Man with the Golden Arm and Pal Joey Although still only in her mids, Novak withdrew from acting in and has only sporadically worked in films since. She appeared in The Mirror Crack'd , and had a regular role on the primetime series Falcon Crest — She works currently as a painter and visual artist. Novak was born in Chicago , Illinois on February 13, Paul Railroad during the Depression ,  and her mother was a factory worker. She won two scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ,    and during the summer break in her last semester of junior college, Novak went on a cross-country tour modeling for a refrigerator company at trade shows. While there, she and two other models stood in line to be extras in two RKO films: The French Line , starring Jane Russell and Son of Sinbad filmed in , not released until There she was discovered by an agent, who signed her to a long-term contract with Columbia Pictures.