Monday, June 17, 2024

Kim Novak, Reclusive Hitchcock Star of “Vertigo,” to Present on Oscars


What a coup! Neil Meron, co producer of the Academy Awards, has gotten Kim Novak to present at the Oscars on March 2nd.

Novak, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” makes rare appearances and keeps a low profile. She did come to last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but even that was relatively low wattage. A couple of years ago, Novak went public when she complained about Hitchcock’s music being used for “The Artist.” Otherwise, her appearances on “Falcon Crest” on TV in the late 1980s constitute her last major gig in the US. You can bet Miss Novak will be wooed to the Vanity Fair party, too.

The Oscars also announced musical numbers by Pink and Bette Midler. Someone’s going to sing “Over the Rainbow” for “The Wizard of Oz” tribute. Also booked last year’s winners: Daniel Day Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and Christoph Waltz. Ellen DeGeneres is the hostess with the mostest.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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