'Vertigo' Star Kim Novak to Be Honored at TCM Classic Film Festival

Kim Novak in Vertigo 1958
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Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart in 1958's 'Vertigo'

Kim Novak will be honored at the TCM Classic Film Festival this year.

The 79-year-old actress, who has been vocal about The Artist's use of Vertigo music in the Oscar-winning film, will take part in a hand and footprint ceremony in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. Additionally, Novak will join in conversation with Robert Osborne for a Q&A session to be broadcast on TCM as Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival next year.

She will also introduce a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic, Vertigo. The film stars James Stewart as a private investigator whose obsession with a beautiful woman (Novak) he follows spins out of control.

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"From thrillers like Hitchcock's Vertigo, to romantic dramas such as Picnic, noirish classics like The Man With the Golden Arm, comedies such as Bell, Book and Candle and musicals like Pal Joey, Kim Novak has made us fall in love with her time and time again,” said Osborne. "Our celebration of Kim Novak and her career is certain to be one of the highlights of the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival.”

The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival takes place from April 12-15 in Los Angeles.

Novak has been making headlines for remarks made describing the usage of Vertigo score in The Artist.

She said during an interview on Monday that hearing the music from the Hitchcock film reminded her of the feelings she experienced when she was raped as a child. "It was very painful," Novak said. "When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn't use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It was a rape I never told about, so when I experienced this one, I felt the need to express it."

Novak said in a statement released in January that she "wanted to report a rape" and that The Artist team had no reason "to depend on Bernard Herrmann's score from Vertigo to provide more drama."

Associated Press contributed to this report.