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1967: Novak talks of quitting

Actress frank about career, interests

July 24, 1967:“At one time I thought of quitting the business,” admits Kim Novak, in front of the cameras for the first time in a year-and-a-half — since her accident on the ill-fated “13” in England. Now, she’s utilizing some personal Hollywood experiences in the dual role for “The Legend of Lylah Clare,” she reveals — while not enumerating specifix of her autobiog … The current return to films does not indicate a future work sked, Kim forewarns, “I’ve found life is the most important thing and I’ll do films I like — as they come along.” (2007 update: I reached Kim Novak (by phone) on the large ranch in southern Oregon where she lives with husband (of 31 years) Dr. Robert Malloy. Her voice, still breathy and sexy, happily told me she is now almost totally recovered from another horse riding accident — this one, almost a year ago in which she suffered broken ribs, punctured lung, nerve damage, etc. After the horse-riding fall on “13,” re-titled “Eye of the Devil,” Kim was replaced by Deborah Kerr. Producer Martin Ransohoff tells me “Eye” fared poorly, but Kim starred in Ransohoff’s next film, “Boys Night Out.” Today, Kim devotes her time to painting. She e-mailed me copies of several watercolor portraits — one still in progress. They are magnificently poignant. Lost in a house fire 10 years ago was an autobiography she had started but now won’t finish. “The fire burned me out of it,” she admits. She is still represented by her agent of 47 years, the William Morris’ Norman Brokaw and her manager is Sue Cameron. But no showbiz return is on the horizon, she says. Admitting “if the right thing came along…” She decries the kinds of roles her fellow vintage stars have accepted.)

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