01:19 PM EDT 02/14/2014
Originally posted 02/13/2014 01:15PM
She was a major box-office draw in the '50s, even topping the box-office standing of Marilyn Monroe, and Thursday, the day before Valentine's Day, marks the 81st birthday of Kim Novak.
Speaking to LIFE.com recently, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's critically revered Vertigo, as well as Picnic, Pal Joey, The Man with the Golden Arm and other screen landmarks of her era, recalled her photo shoot for the magazine's cover story of nearly 60 years ago.
"I hoped to show the world my soul," said Chicago's former Marilyn Pauline Novak, whose sultry voice is still very much intact, as evidenced by a highly revealing Turner Classic Movies interview that aired last year. (She told TCM host Robert Osborne that she expected her favorite leading man, Jimmy Stewart, to be waiting for her at the Pearly Gates, when her time comes.)
Originally posted 12/24/2013 11:55AM
It was a cruel irony of It's a Wonderful Life: The actress who played Zuzu, the 6-year-old girl whose flower petals symbolized the triumph of love over despair, ended up living a real life of heartbreak – enduring more pain and loss than most.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 09:20AM
The eternal feel-good Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life will be getting a sequel focusing on the descendants of Jimmy Stewart's put-upon bank manager, George Bailey, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Star Partners, a production firm that has funded Moonstruck, Rain Main and The Color Purple, among other films, will be financing the project in partnership with production company Hummingbird, aiming to get the picture out in time for the 2015 holiday season, according to Variety.
Originally posted 12/23/2012 01:30PM
It's the sentimental family favorite that easily induces tears for its heartfelt final scenes, but when it came to creating a winter wonderland for his 1946 It's a Wonderful Life, producer-director Frank Capra was one tough taskmaster.
He wanted real snow – not the painted corn flakes Hollywood was accustomed to passing off as the white stuff – to blanket his setting, the town of Bedford Falls, reports Life.com in its special feature with never-before-seen on-set photos from the holiday classic.
To achieve his goal, Capra – who trained as an engineer as a student at Cal Tech before becoming the talkies' first true stylist, as an Oscar-winning director for Columbia Pictures – collaborated with RKO studio's special effects expert Russell Sherman.
Originally posted 12/05/2011 08:25AM
Her flower petals in It's a Wonderful Life were the ultimate symbol of the healing power of love in an otherwise cruel world. But Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the iconic 1946 Christmas movie, needed more faith than most in a real life that was a long way from wonderful.
"My mother died when I was 12, and right after, my dad died in a car crash. I was 15 and had no family," Grimes, now 71, says in a new interview in the Washington Post.
She was sent to live with an aunt and uncle, but felt little connection to them.
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