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Kim Novak Biography and Filmography
Kim Novak
Birthday: February 13, 1933
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5' 6"
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Kim Novak was among Hollywood's most enigmatic sex symbols of the '50s and early '60s. Blonde and beautiful, she exuded a daunting intellectual chilliness and an underlying passionate heat that made her especially alluring. One of the last of the studio-made stars, she rebelled against her "manufactured" image, struggling to be seen as more than just another brainless glamour gal. Novak brought to many of her roles a certain melancholic reluctance about freeing up her character's sensuality. It seemed as if her beauty was a burden, not an asset. She was born Marilyn Pauline Novak and raised in Chicago, the daughter of a Czech railroad man. Before she was discovered in Los Angeles by Columbia Pictures helmer Harry Cohn (who chose her as a replacement for his increasingly difficult and rebellious reigning screen goddess Rita Hayworth), Novak worked odd jobs that included sales clerk, elevator operator, and a spokesmodel for a refrigerator company. Cohn signed her to his studio around 1954. While being properly prepared for stardom, Novak engaged in the first of many battles with Cohn when she refused to allow the studio to bill her as "Kit Marlowe." She felt the name rang false and battled to keep her family name, and then compromised by allowing herself to be called Kim because in her mind, Kit was too close to "kitten," as in the sexy kind. In her later years, Novak would acknowledge the studio head's role in her stardom, but also took plenty of credit for her own hard work.Though Novak had already made her screen debut with a tiny role in The French Line (1954), her first starring role for Columbia was playing opposite Fred MacMurray in Pushover (1954). At first, she appeared uncomfortable with acting before cameras, but she soon relaxed and the following year had her first big break in Picnic (1955). The film was a hit and Novak found herself the hottest sex symbol in town, a title she wore with discomfort. Unlike other similar stars, Novak was pragmatic and did not lose herself in the glamour of the studio's carefully manufactured blonde bombshell image of her. Despite her dislike of such publicity chores as providing "cheesecake" shots for the press, and going out on studio arranged "dates" to keep her name in print, she was a trooper and toed the company line; some of her alleged lovers from this period include Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and Aly Khan.Through the '50s, Novak appeared in a broad range of films of widely varying quality. In 1958, Novak appeared in her most famous role, that of enigmatic Madeleine in Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo. It was a difficult role, but one she rose to admirably. She did have one conflict with Hitchcock on the set concerning the stiff gray suit and black shoes she would be required to wear for most of the picture. When she saw costume designer Edith Head's original plans for the suit, Novak, fearing the suit would be distracting and uncomfortable and believing that gray is seldom a blonde's best color, voiced her concerns directly to Hitchcock who listened patiently and then insisted she wear the prescribed garb. Novak obeyed and to her surprise discovered that the starchy outfit enhanced rather than hindered her ability to play Madeleine. Novak's career continued in high gear through 1965. After appearing in The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965) and marrying her second husband, her film appearances became less frequent. After the loss of her Bel Air home to erosion following a bad fire season in the 1970s, Novak retired and moved to Northern California. There, she and her husband, Dr. Robert Malloy, a veterinarian, raised llamas. She continued to appear on television and in feature films, but only when she wanted to. At home on the ranch she spoke of her screen persona "Kim Novak" as if she were a totally different person. In 1997, she dusted off the old persona to go on an extensive promotional tour to alert the public to the fully restored version of Vertigo. When not busy in Hollywood, Novak continues working on her autobiography.
Liebestraum (1991)
[ Alicia Witt ][ Catherine Hicks ][ Pamela Gidley ][ Karen Sillas ]
The Children (1990)
[ Karen Black ][ Britt Eckland ][ Geraldine Chaplin ][ Siri Neal ]
Es hat mich sehr gefreut (1987)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)
[ Melanie Griffith ][ Annette O'Toole ][ Tippi Hedren ]
Malibu (1983)
[ Eva Marie Saint ][ Tawny Kitaen ][ Valerie Perrine ][ Susan Dey ][ Jenilee Harrison ]
The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ][ Angela Lansbury ][ Geraldine Chaplin ]
Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (1979)
[ Marlene Dietrich ][ Sydne Rome ]
The White Buffalo (1977)
Satan's Triangle (1975)
Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
[ Joan Collins ][ Suzy Kendall ]
The Third Girl from the Left (1973)
[ Barbie Benton ]
The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
[ Lee Meriwether ]
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
[ Angela Lansbury ]
Of Human Bondage (1964)
[ Brenda Fricker ]
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
[ Felicia Farr ]
Boys' Night Out (1962)
[ Zsa Zsa Gabor ]
The Notorious Landlady (1962)
Pepe (1960)
[ Janet Leigh ][ Debbie Reynolds ][ Zsa Zsa Gabor ][ Shirley Jones ][ Donna Reed ]
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
[ Sue Ann Langdon ]
Middle of the Night (1959)
[ Lee Grant ]
Bell Book and Candle (1958)
[ Elsa Lanchester ]
Vertigo (1958)
Pal Joey (1957)
[ Rita Hayworth ]
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
[ Agnes Moorehead ][ Shelley Fabares ]
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
[ Eleonor Parker ]
Picnic (1955)
[ Shirley Knight ][ Rosalind Russel ][ Susan Strasberg ]
5 Against the House (1955)
Son of Sinbad (1955)
[ Howard Hughes ][ Joi Lansing ][ Lili St-Cyr ]
Pushover (1954)
[ Marion Ross ][ Dorothy Malone ]
The French Line (1954)
[ Jane Russell ][ Joi Lansing ]
Phffft! (1954)
  • Raises horses and llamas in Oregon and California
  • Went on a personal strike in 1957 protesting her current salary of ,250 per week.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#92). [1995]
  • On July 24 2000, she watched her memento-filled house in Eagle Point, Oregon, go up in flames. A deputy fire marshal said that the blaze was probably the result of a tree that fell across an electrical power line. Included in the loss were scripts to some of her movies (Vertigo (1958) and Picnic (1955)), as well as her computer, which contained her long-gestating autobiography. Spared, however, were her menagerie of animals, including horses and llamas, as well as the star's husband of 24 years, veterinarian Bob Malloy.
  • For a scene in Picnic (1955) in which she had to cry, she asked director Joshua Logan to pinch her black and blue off screen, telling him, "I can only cry when I'm hurt."
  • Measurements: 37-23-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Turned down the female lead in both Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and The Hustler (1961).
  • As a starlet with Columbia Pictures, she resisted pressure to change her name to Kit Marlowe. Years later, the name was used for the character she played on the television series Falcon Crest. (She did agree to change her first name from Marilyn to Kim, as the public associated her given name with Marilyn Monroe.)
  • In "Popular" (1999), the main girl's bathroom in the high school is called "The Novak" which holds all the pictures of the homecoming queens. The name is inspired by when movie stars would donate money to schools (often an alma mater). The writers found out that Kim Novak donated money to a school in the Santa Monica area (where the school/show is set), so they named this room after her.
  • Is portrayed by Terri Lynn in Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983) (TV)
  • Is, to the day, one year older than George Segal.

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