-From “Kim Novak: Live From the TCM Class Film Festival” (2013)
They told me to stand there. Be pretty. Don’t Think. This girl and I.
Models for freezers in San Francisco. We opened doors.
Went to LA. Got hired for The French Line with Jane Russell.
Next time I saw my parents, I’d already done a movie with Fred
MacMurray. Hitchcock and Stewart, magnificent men!
I asked Hitchcock, What do you want me to do in this scene?
My dear, he said, that’s why I hired you. Stewart:
I think he wants you to do whatever you want.
My father ran out of Vertigo. People didn’t understand why
I went to my room between takes. One Christmas I brought
Harry Cohn homemade fudge. He wanted to yell or cry
but secretly I think it made him happy. At my screen test,
they asked, What do you most want out of life? After Cohn died,
I couldn’t— I saw Lee Remick’s work and thought, I could have—
Doors moved at the slightest touch.
I want to be loved. They said, Tell us.
Ann Cefola is the author of Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014); St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007), and the translation Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). A Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency recipient, she also received the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery. For more information, see anncefola.com and annogram.blogspot.com.