One of Hollywood’s brightest stars of the 1950s has accused Tony Curtis of spiking her drink at a party in his Beverly Hills home during the height of her fame, leaving her dazed and naked.
By Josie Ensor
Actress Kim Novak, who played a leading role as Madeleine in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, described what may be one of the oldest #MeToo allegations as she recalled a 1958 soiree where she passed out.
“Tony Curtis had brought me a drink,” Novak, now 89, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know, I only had, I think, one drink there. But that’s the last thing I knew. I do not know anything afterward, cross my heart, hope to die. Don’t know what happened after that or how my car got back in front of my apartment.”
Curtis was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the Fifties, appearing alongside Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot and later Operation Petticoat with Cary Grant. He was married to actress Janet Leigh at the time, while Novak was linked to singer Sammy Davis Jr, whom she met on the set of Vertigo.
“I think Tony Curtis did it, I don’t want to think Sammy did that,” Novak goes on to say later in the interview.
She said she was encouraged by the recent #MeToo movement to speak out about the incident, despite the amount of time that has passed. Curtis, the actor father of Jamie Lee Curtis, died in 2010 of a cardiac arrest.
Novak is a keen painter and had been offered scholarships to the Art Institute of Chicago before signing with Columbia.
Considering how her life would have been different had she not been talent spotted on the set of The French Line, she told Hollywood Reporter: “I’d be painting and doing just what I’m doing now in art,” Novak says. “I would’ve had a few more years up on it, too.”