Rod Willerton: Hollywood & the Stars- In Search of Kim Novak

Kim Novak
Source:Rod Willerton– Hollywood Goddess Kim Novak, in 1959 

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Kim Novak, is Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, except that she grew up. She might not be as versatile an entertainer as Marilyn and Jayne when it comes to comedy and music, but physically she’s right there with both of them, but she grew up. A hot baby-face adorable sexy blonde goddess, but she grew up and matured and was a women in Hollywood. Not someone with the body of a women, but the mind and personality of a teenage girl like Marilyn and Jayne. Who never grew up inside and could never see how valuable and great they could have been as entertainers. And a big reason why they both died in their mid thirties in the 1960s.

It is rare you have an actress that is physically this talented with this body, face and voice, but is also a hell of an actress. Who I believe was a classic real or personal actress where she made all of her characters real and became all of them and brought them to real-life. I think what made Kim a great actress is that she made her acting look so real. She literally became the person she was playing and made it look like she wasn’t acting at all. And I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that she tended to play characters who she had a lot in common with. Who were physically gorgeous, sexy and very cute, but lacked self-confidence and not quite sure they belong where they were, or even knew that they wanted to be there at all. Playing Madeline in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, is a perfect example of that.

Kim, has also played characters that were gorgeous, sexy and adorable, but knew exactly who they were and what they wanted. Like in Boys Night Out, where she plays Cathy, who was a college student doing an article on the middle-age married man in New York. The other thing that I respect about Kim Novak is that acting wasn’t who she was, but what she did. Similar to Ava Gardner, she didn’t live to act, but acted to live the lifestyle that she wanted. She didn’t need to be a star, but happened to be really good at what she did and was a goddess as well which made her a star. She would have been perfectly comfortable living on the water in Northern California her whole adult life just as long as she could afford to do that. Which is where her acting career came in, but didn’t need to be an actress to be happy. She is truly special and I just wish she acted more.
Rod Willerton: Hollywood & The Stars- In Search of Kim Novak

British Movietone: Ava Gardner- Actress

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Source:The Daily Review– Hollywood Goddess and Babydoll Ava Gardner and English Muffin Diana Dors 

Source:The Daily Review

I don’t know of another actress other than maybe Lana Turner, (speaking of drama queens) who lived her real-life as close to many characters she played on the big screen than Ava Gardner. She was a real-life drama queen and I don’t mean that in a negative sense. But nothing was ever boring with her. Starting with her gorgeous baby-faced adorable looks. Very similar to Elizabeth Taylor and her great voice as well. Also similar to Liz Taylor. Her beautiful black hair, again Liz Taylor. And that she was this incredible real-life character with a great sense of humor and the ability to play almost anyone on the big screen. With the best and most interesting character that she ever played being the one and only Ava Gardner. Perhaps the prettiest and most interesting drama queen of all-time.

Ava Gardner
Source:Cyrano Le Mondel– Intimate Portait Ava Gardner 

You put Ava in soap operas in the 1950s when they came out on TV and she would’ve been the queen of soap. Susan Luci, would’ve had nothing on Ava. Because Ava was almost not acting when she was playing very dramatic roles especially women with quick-witted sense of humors. She was just playing herself, this beautiful, adorable, sexy, intelligent brunette, who was also one hell of a great actress. She lived her personal life the way the played many roles in the movies. A woman who always did things her way, (to paraphrase Frank Sinatra) who wasn’t alive, but always living life and enjoying every moment of it that she possibly could. Perhaps why she and Frank didn’t work out, because he might have been too much and too much fun for him.

And the other thing that she had in common with Liz Taylor, is that they both lived life to be alive. Not simply to try to get through it like you’re in prison, or serving in combat and simply trying to survive. She was free as a squirrel who lived her whole life the only way she knew how to, which was to have as much fun as she possibly could. And she paid a heavy price for that with the alcoholism and having several different male relationships that never worked out. But it was her life to live, to enjoy and make mistakes with. Not someone else’s to live for her, or for her to live in someone’s else’s image of what kind of life she should have. Which takes a lot of guts to literally be that free in life and that I have a lot of respect for her.
British Movietone: Ava Gardner- Actress

JCN Soul: Johnny Cash- I Won’t Back Down

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Source: JCN Soul: Johnny Cash- I Won’t Back Down

“I Won’t Back down”, I believe is the perfect song to use as a motivator for a football team that the head coach could use in his pregame speech. Especially if he has a team that is undermanned at least on a paper and is a clear underdog, but strongly believes that his team is good enough to win this game. But he’s got to get his players to believe that. And tell them, “that we’re playing a great team today they’re going to hit us hard and we’re going to take some big shots and give up some plays and points. But if we stay together and stay united and do what we’ve been working on all year and been practicing, they won’t beat us, because we’re better than them.”

I believe this would be a great song for a high school team that perhaps is having a cinderella season and hasn’t won in a long time and they’re playing a great team that wins a lot every year. And the same thing with a college football program and even an NFL team. And because this is Veterans Day how about taking it up to the battlefield and in combat. That lets say an Army Captain could use to tell him men and tell them that, “we might be undermanned and they may have more ammo, but we’re better than the enemy and are better trained and if we stay together, we’ll not only survive, but we’ll win.” I believe that is the message of Johnny Cash’s “I Won’t Back Down.” That you can push him around and knock him around, but you can’t knock him out, because he’ll just keep coming at you.