Kim Novak - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New additions to the American Treasure Tour appear pretty regularly.  Just last month, a poster arrived that we immediately put on display in our Music Room.  We did it purely out of a sense of obligation to show off the collection, not because it depicted Kim Novak in her heyday as one of America's loveliest actors.

Born in 1933 of Czech-American parents in Chicago, Illinois, Miss Novak was still in junior college when she traveled across the country as a representative for a refrigerator company.  "MIss Deepfreeze" was in Los Angeles when she was discovered by a talent scout and signed on with Columbia Pictures.  She was only 19 years old.  Her star rose quickly - and by 1958 she had a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, considered by many to be one of the best films ever made, and certainly one of her highest profile performances.  Since then, it can be argued, that Novak received fewer and fewer opportunities to shine, and by the 1980s, she found more work in television than the cinema.  She still remains active, but more as a representative of Hollywood than as an actor in front of the camera.  
QUESTION:  Kim Novak co-starred with all but which of the following actors in the 1980 British mystery/thriller The Mirror Crack'd?
A)  Elizabeth Taylor
B)  Richard Burton
C)  Rock Hudson
D)  Tony Curtis

DILLINGER DONE.  On this day in 1934, the first Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger, met his end in an alley next to Chicago's Biograph Theater.  The movie that night was Manhattan Melodrama, but I'm sure the show was far less fascinating to patrons-in-the-know than the closing act of the famously dashing bank robber who was cornered by FBI agents in an alley near the theater and shot four times.  Stories persist that some of the onlookers dipped handkerchiefs in pools of blood left by the dying Dillinger to have mementos of the event.  A little morbid to be sure!

BOBBY!  It's difficult to believe that perpetual teen Bobby Sherman is turning 71 years old today!  What may be even harder to believe is how unlikely it is that anyone under forty even knows who Bobby is.  During his prolific musical career, Sherman released exactly 107 songs, 23 singles, and ten albums, all between 1962 and 1976.  He not only reached the Billboard Top 40 seven times, but appeared on numerous television shows and movies into the '80s.  He left the limelight to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), part of his personal effort to 'give back.'  He continues a close relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department, conducting CPR training and instructing others on maintaining good health. Happy birthday, Bobby!

QUOTE:  As far as show business, it's the gratification of doing something that pleases the fans. - Bobby Sherman

ANSWER:  B)  Richard Burton.  It did star a very young, uncredited Pierce Brosnan, though.