Kim Novak

I used Jimmy to give me what I needed to keep going and to know that I was on the right path with it. I thought I saw Jimmy’s soul all the time we worked. He never covered his soul and I never covered mine. We saw into each other’s souls, very definitely.

Double “Halloween” connection (sort of) for Kim Novak. Starred with Jimmy Stewart in Bell, Book, and Candle

…and as “a hauntingly beautiful woman” in Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Hitchcock is sort-of a one-man Halloween theme, right?

Ultra-classic Hollywood success story:

IMDb: Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. … While on a break from school, Kim and two of her classmates decided to go to Los Angeles and stand in line to be an extra in a movie called The French Line (1953). An agent took notice of Kim’s striking beauty arranged for a screen test with Columbia Pictures, and Kim was signed to a contract.…

In Princess Leia mode. (No idea what pic this is from.)

With cat:
Stewart smooch: IMDb
Princess Leia:

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Léon Theremin

The original air guitar

223 The inventor of the Theremin, there is another interesting biography.

A Soviet defector, the musical device he invented was perhaps the least important of his inventions.

He was eventually kidnapped from the streets of Manhattan (ostensibly by Soviets), never to be seen again.

A movie exists about him.

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The Wikipedia (yeah, I know) entry on Léon Theremin does not confirm the above kidnapping-disappearance comment.

The theremin was the product of Soviet government-sponsored research into proximity sensors.

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Thelma Todd

I first encountered Thelma Todd in her Hal Roach comedy two-reelers with Zazu Pitts and Patsy Kelly. Only later did I find out about her glamorous side. Great talent. Too soon gone.

A one-time teacher and beauty queen, Thelma went to Hollywood in the late 1920s and soon became one of the premier comediennes of her day, with many appearances in comedy shorts (with Zasu Pitts, Patsy Kelly, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and others) and also feature-length movies. In the 1930s, she began to turn more attention to running a restaurant, “Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Cafe.” Many thought her 1935 death to be murder and there was no shortage of suspects, but subsequent investigations by the DA’s office and a grand jury failed to find an answer that satisfied.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Yousten <>

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Janis Joplin

Because I ran across this iconic picture

h/t History Lovers Club

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

The campus newspaper, The Daily Texan, ran a profile of her in the issue dated July 27, 1962, headlined “She Dares to Be Different.” The article began, “She goes barefooted when she feels like it, wears Levis to class because they’re more comfortable, and carries her autoharp with her everywhere she goes so that in case she gets the urge to break into song, it will be handy. Her name is Janis Joplin.” Wikipedia

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