Actress who shunned Hollywood returns

Actress Kim Novak will attend the special screening of Vertigo at the Cannes film festival, next month. Photo / Getty Images
Actress Kim Novak will attend the special screening of Vertigo at the Cannes film festival, next month. Photo / Getty Images

Kim Novak, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo who turned her back on Hollywood, is to make a return to the red carpet at next month's Cannes film festival, organisers say.

The US actress, 80, refused to accept the iron-fisted rule of America's big studios and in 1965 largely abandoned film to devote herself to painting.

She will be guest of honour at a special screening to mark the restoration of the film regarded as Hitchcock's finest work.

Hitchcock once described Vertigo as "a love story with a strange atmosphere".

Novak will also take part in the closing ceremony of the May 15-26 French Riviera festival where she will award one of the prizes.

Novak's other memorable cinema roles included a prostitute with a big heart in Kiss Me, Stupid by Billy Wilder, a witch in Richard Quine's Bell, Book and Candle and an adulteress in another Quine film, Strangers When We Meet.

- AFP

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