VERTIGO'S 60TH---A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION WITH THE LEGEND, KIM NOVAK
It was incredibly joyful and rewarding to see Kim greeted by sold-out houses and receiving at least three standing ovations in San Francisco at the Castro Theatre, and in Los Angeles at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. A big thank you to Gwen Deglise who produced the LA event and Marc Heustis, who came out of retirement to do his one, last event at the Castro Theatre. Kim was interviewed by Larry King in Los Angeles, and Film Noir's Eddie Muller in San Francisco.
New York is coming up this fall/winter.
Kim's primary interest, for the last many years, has been her art. Gorgeous slide shows of her art were shown at both venues as she described the paintings. If you want to see them, go to:
|Pensive in L.A. before going on|
|Kim, Larry King, myself, and Shawn|
|Leaving the hotel in LA for the event|
Then, it was off to San Francisco---
After her fabulous interview, the audience watched VERTIGO. I went to some bars with a couple of drag queens to check out the area. After the screening there was a party for Kim at the theatre, and then her guests celebrated with her at the classic bar, Twin Peaks. The next morning, friends and family all celebrated at The Buena Vista. We are insane over their Irish Coffees and Eggs Benedict.
|The line around the block at the Castro Theatre|
|Kim--before she walked out. Her ovation lasted FOUR minutes. I have it on video!|
|Kim and Eddie|
|With Marc Heustis|
|Kim and Buena Vista Manager Larry|
|Kim arriving at Castro|
|San Francisco mayor and Board of Supervisors declared it Kim Novak Day and presented her with formal declaration|
A personal aside---I had a couple of other adventures in San Francisco. My dear friend, Bradley James, is Mother Teresa's Choir Director. He lives in Rome, with the sisters in the convent, and also spends time in Palm Springs, San Francisco, and St. Tropez. He is also a marvelous singer, composer, and arranger. I met him at St. Paul's in San Francisco, the church where they shot SISTER ACT. I watched his rehearsal with the young nuns about to take their final vows. Then I was invited into the convent for silent prayer. It was so beautiful and moving. I'll never forget it. And, Bradley is truly an angel.
|Bradley and the nuns|
The next day, Bradley drove me to Mills College in Oakland. When I was looking at colleges in my senior year of high school, my mother refused to let me leave home to go east to the Ivy League schools. I thought a compromise would be Mills. When she took me there to look at it, I wanted go there more than any place in the world. I remembering telling her that as we were on campus, and she narrowed her eyes and said, "No!" I was broken. I waited all these years to back and look at Mills to see if maybe now I would see it and think, "Oh, I'm so glad I didn't go there. It's not what I remembered." Well, sadly, it was exactly as I remembered and I was broken again.
|At Mills.....destroyed again|