justlooking,you´re right.columbia marketed her as a sex-symbol and the successor of rita hayworth whose carreer was going downhill in the 50´s and like you´ve already stated she was also supposed to be the opponent of marilyn monroe.kind of funny that she had to give up her real surname marilyn and change it to kim becuase of mm.from what i´ve read though kim novak was never too obedient regarding the studio and their marketing strategies.
meanwhile i got to see picnic and bell,book and candle .she was wonderful in both of them.
just one more picture (same source).i love the purity of it.
"sleep brings no rest to me
i only sail a wilder sea
a darker wave"
I luv luv luv her face,she was much more beautiful than Ms Monroe,Marilyn`s face was sensuous and girly,Kim`s was elegant and striking.Plus MM had only one facial expression while Ms Novak could put a hundred words into one glare.