Where HAS Kim Novak been? In Oregon, apparently

Even with all the big names in attendance at Sunday's 2014 Oscars, it was the appearance of Golden Age movie star Kim Novak that prompted one of the bigger waves of social media interest.

Novak, remembered as the star of Alfred Hitchcock's classic, "Vertigo," commented that she was "happy to be back". But where had she been? Turns out, she decided to step away from Hollywood decades ago, and settle instead in Southern Oregon.

Novak, 81, seemed a bit overwhelmed to be back in the public eye at the Oscar ceremony, and her co-presenter, Matthew McConaughey, was solicitous of her. Much of the social media chat was unkind, commenting on Novak's appearance.

In 2010, Novak gave an interview with The Oregonian, where she reflected on her decision to settle in the state.

"My roots, as far as Oregon goes, go way back," she says, in that familiar, low voice. "My father's whole family, the Novaks, settled in Scappoose. I remember my father telling me stories about crossing the rivers there and being able to walk across the backs of the salmon. They came from Czechoslovakia, the old country, and were settlers here. They had a place of cabins where people could stay, and a little dance hall, and a candy store. My grandfather was a logger."

After first living in eastern Oregon, Novak bought a place on the Rogue River in the late 1990s.

"We love it here," she says. "It's very important for us to be on the water. I loved living on the ocean before, and now we're on the Rogue, we've got two islands, and wonderful places for the horses."