Kim Novak
Actress
Kim Novak
Kim Novak is an American film and television actress. Novak is possibly best known for her dual role in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo. She also appeared in Picnic (1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Pal Joey (1957), Middle of the Night (1959), The Notorious Landlady (1962), and Kiss Me, Stupid (1964). She later appeared on the prime time soap opera Falcon Crest from 1986 to 1987.
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The 7 Hard Truths About Aging That Everyone Should Know
Huffington Post - 5 months
We’ve updated this post that ran a few years ago because, as we all know, every day is a new learning opportunity ― and we feel smarter now. Plus once in awhile, it’s good to share collective wisdom. Here are seven life lessons about aging worth being reminded of: 1. Small aches can sometimes be ignored. Growing older is not a pain-free process. Knees stiffen up. Feet sprout bunions. And fingers that once flew over the keyboard with the greatest of ease now sometimes cramp up. Most likely, none of this will kill you, which is why I say: Do your best to just keep moving. One of my biggest worries is that I will step on the medical treadmill and not be able to step off. You know, become one of those people whose life is structured around when they see their doctors. I fear it’s an easy trap to fall into. This year, I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot. I consulted a doctor since not being able to walk without pain definitely put a crimp in m ...
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Los tesoros personales de Kim Novak
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
La artista y estrella de Hollywood, conocida por su papel en “Vertigo”, comparte algunos de sus objetos favoritos.
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CultureZohn: <i>Hitchcock/Truffaut</i>: A Cinematic Love Affair
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Hitchcock and Truffaut meeting at Universal Studios, photo by Philippe Halsman In this day and age of digi-communication, it is very easy to access libraries and materials, printed and video, that help us understand the great creative minds of the past. What is much less common is the possibility of hearing directly from the artists themselves, especially in conversation with each other. Truffaut and Hitchcock by Philippe Halsman In 1962, Francois Truffaut was just 30 and not afraid to admit that he still had much to learn though he had been a film historian and critic and his first three films were already considered masterpieces of a new, more spontaneous style of filmmaking. As with fellow French filmmakers Jean Luc Godard and Louis Malle, he studied forgotten American films as well as international ones for what they could impart. He took it upon himself to resurrect the artistic contributions of one of his heroes, Alfred Hitchcock, whom he had met when he was s ...
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(VIDEO) All Boats Rise On Publishers' Programmatic Partnerships: Rubicon Project's Novak
Huffington Post - over 1 year
News publishers are famously competitive. So why would they team up to sell advertising? Because, in a world of opportunity, sometimes you need to partner to grow, says Rubicon Project's chief marketer. "We've seen it primarily outside the United States but also inside the United States with local papers," Mari Kim Novak tells Beet.TV. Co-ops are alliances - local publishers coming together in specific countries and pull their inventory together to be able to sell much more competitively ... to give brands much bigger audiences." Earlier this year, The Guardian, CNN International, the Financial Times and Reuters together formed the Pangea Alliance, a shared scheme to pool first-party ad data for ad buyers to target their combined 110 million users in an automated fashion. Collaborations in the competitive news publisher space are rate, especially amongst the fierce rivalry of the British newspaper market. But last November three local UK newspaper publishers - Johnston Pres ...
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(VIDEO) Mobile Video Ads Will Boast One-To-One Creativity: Rubicon's Novak
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Mobile is helping push scientifically-accurate programmatic advertising technology to new heights for ad tech vendor Rubicon Project - next up, the company reckons it's time to put creativity back in to advertising. "One of the big things you're going to see with mobile is storytelling becoming more and more important - when you're trying to tell a story, a one-to-one relationship and not a one-to-many (relationship), which has been television," says Rubicon chief marketer Mari Kim Novak. "The need for mobile-first creative and storytelling is going to be more important than ever. You're going to see the ad tech community and the creative world coming together." She says recently-signed Rubicon partnerships with fellow ad tech services Virool and Inmobi are helping disprove the idea that there is insufficient supply of quality ad inventory on mobile. You can find this post on Beet.TV. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The ...
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Kim Novak returns to Chicago for a bout of 'Vertigo'
Chicago Times - over 1 year
In 1933 Marilyn Pauline Novak was born in Chicago to a mother and father, Blanche and Joseph Novak, of Czech descent.
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On Being Inspired by Classic Movies at the TCM Classic Film Festival
Huffington Post - about 2 years
What makes something a classic? It's a question worth asking as Hollywood devotes ever more of its resources to remaking movies, TV shows, and comic books from the past as the majority of our movie content today. Not that we mind the odd sequel (we're definitely looking forward to Spectre and Star Wars) - but 2015 will see an unprecedented number of sequels and remakes, including new installments in the Mad Max, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park, Terminator, Avengers, and Fast and Furious franchises. If you want a break and would like to see some movies that are truly unrepeatable and non-franchisable, we suggest you check out the upcoming 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, returning to historic Hollywood from March 26th to March 29th, 2015. It's a marvelous chance to see some of the world's classic movies the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, and often with their original creators in attendance. The classic movies shown at the TCM Classic Film Festival are in ...
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Billy and Marilyn -- They Do Not have Those "Wedding Bell Blues"
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"SOMETIMES we are sitting around the house, and I'll say to Marilyn, 'You know, we need to get out more, see more people. Young people!" And she'll say, 'Okay. Let's do that.' But, we never do! I guess we are pretty content with ourselves." •THAT'S Billy Davis Jr., talking about his long relationship with Marilyn McCoo. I had a fast, energizing phone call with the couple, who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The pair -- he was the founder of The Fifth Dimension group, she was its lead singer -- feel it is significant that they will be working in The Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas over Valentine's Day. Marilyn said: "It's corny to say, but it is special. We still have so much joy in one another, and I know it communicates to the audience." Asked what the "secret" was to such a long marriage, they both chimed "Compromise!" Billy says: "What do you really 'win" when you 'win?' Is that how to approach issues? We've never thought so, and so far it's work ...
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James Garner, Star Of Long-Running TV Shows 'The Rockford Files' And 'Maverick,' Is Dead At 86
Huffington Post - over 2 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday. Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press. There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday. Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files." His quick-witted avoidance of conflict provided a refreshing ...
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Joshua Gersen Conducts the San Francisco Symphony in Screenings of Hitchcock Classics
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Beginning Wednesday, October 30 through Saturday, November 2, San Francisco Symphony presents a festival of films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The scary series begins with Psycho, the great horror classic of 1960. The film will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Joshua Gersen. On Halloween night, Todd Wilson will accompany Hitchcock's last silent film, The Lodger on the magnificent Ruffatti organ. Starring one of Britain's most popular matinee idols, Ivor Novello, the film is based on serial killer Jack the Ripper. Joshua Gersen returns to the podium on Friday, November 1 with the concert premier of Vertigo and the following night will lead through a medley of other Hitchcock favorites including North By Northwest, To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train and Dial M for Murder. JOSHUA GERSEN. Photo, courtesy of SFSymphony Joshua Gersen works with Miami's New World Symphony where he serves as assistant conductor to Michael Tilson Thomas. In September 201 ...
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Kim Novak Tells All
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"It's easy to be warmly nostalgic about Humphrey Bogart's last film, 'The Harder They Fall.' But to do so is to run the risk of marginalizing one of Bogie's finest performances. "The film was released in April 1956, just nine months before Bogart succumbed to esophageal cancer. And while he looks more worn down than we remember him, there's no mistaking his screen power. "It's a great film, maybe the best boxing movie ever made, and a solemn reminder that Humphrey Bogart still had so much left in him." writes Ben Mankiewicz. • And now for another celebrity who is in a class by herself. Mr. Robert Osborne, the Turner Classic Movies maven, scored a coup when he convinced the usually reclusive Kim Novak to sit with him. This month, Novak is being saluted by TCM and her interview with Osborne has been airing. I have always referred to Kim as "The Blonde Who Got Away." She opted out of Hollywood with her mind and soul and bank account still healthy. But listening to her speak s ...
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Binky Philips: The Stonewall Riots: The 16-Year-Old Me Accidentally Wanders Into History, June 28th, 1969
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Gay Rights Movement has been impeded, reviled, strategically ignored, and subjected to raw and even violent bigotry for decades. Nonetheless, true tangible headway has been made against almost unimaginable opposition. The fact is, there's actual and continuing Global Outrage over Russia's pathetically out-of-step, yet brand spanking new, virulent national anti-gay policies. The fact is, the new Pope [a freakin' POPE!] has felt the need to publicly express 'acceptance' of men who love men and women who love women. Wow, dude! Gay marriage is virtually a done deal culturally, outside of the zealotry of those who cloak their stunted mental and emotional make up with fakakta up-their-own-butts interpretations of the pretty fucking clear-cut words of their Lord... and those who would exploit this imbecilic 'thinking' for their own nefarious purposes, primarily as a smokescreen-issue. Yes, by all means, let's endlessly debate the horrific impact of two women marryin ...
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PHOTOS: A Brief History Of San Francisco Movies
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
San Francisco is nothing if not a splendidly cinematic city. From the rolling hills and bay vistas to the brightly colored Victorians, generations of filmmakers have taken to San Francisco to film everything from legendary film noir to Robin Williams wearing a dress. While the city itself remains iconic, decades of urban development have often made picking out specific locations difficult. That's where ReelSF comes in. It's a website dedicated to finding spots depicted in famous San Francisco-set films and showing what those very same places look like now. (Story continues below) "I saw the 70 mm remastered version of Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' twelve years ago and recognized Jimmy Stewart's character's house as being nearby," ReelSF founder Brian Hollins told the Huffington Post, recalling what sparked him to create the site in the first place. "I went to see it and found it to be much as it looked in 1958. I stood there and had a time-warp moment as I imagined Kim No ...
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Kim Novak: Life far away from Hollywood is 'wonderful'
Fox News - almost 4 years
In 1965 “Vertigo” star Kim Novak turned her back on Tinseltown for a much quieter existence on a sprawling 240-acre ranch in southern Oregon.
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David Finkle: First Nighter: Picnic Seesaws, I, Malvolio Sasses
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Forgive me for putting it this way, but Picnic is no picnic. Or if the Roundabout revival of William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play -- about the drop-in macho fellow who stirs up a group of women for about 24 hours in a sleepy Kansas town -- comes across as something of a picnic, it's one invaded by too many ants. Okay, the metaphor will be discarded now in order to get to the very real problems that director Sam Gold's production runs into -- the first of which is the play itself. The frequently shirtless interloper is Hal Carter (six-pack-abbed Sebastian Stan here), and when Inge's steamy work initially appeared, it seemed as if -- I'm virtually certain about this -- he was intended to represent the kind of male life-force needed to awaken at least a few signs of awareness among several deeply dissatisfied ladies who've previously been misused by men. (Surely, that was the point of the movie adaptation with box-office draw William Holden at a point in his c ...
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'Tennessee Waltz' Singer Dies At 85
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Unforgettable songs like "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window" made Patti Page the best-selling female singer of the 1950s and a star who would spend much of the rest of her life traveling the world. When unspecified health problems finally stopped her decades of touring, though, Page wrote a sad-but-resolute letter to her fans late last year about the change. "Although I feel I still have the voice God gave me, physical impairments are preventing me from using that voice as I had for so many years," Page wrote. "It is only He who knows what the future holds." Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., according to publicist Schatzi Hageman, ending one of pop music's most diverse careers. She was 85 and just five weeks away from being honored at the Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. Page achieved several career milestones in American pop culture, but she'll be remem ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Novak
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 83
    Also in 2016, Novak turned down a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Istanbul Film Festival, as she felt "the time does not seem right to venture so close to a land where genocide occurred, and which now exists in mass devastation."
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  • 2015
    Age 82
    Her contribution to world cinema was also rewarded with the Kristián Award she was given at the 22nd Febiofest international film festival in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Novak influenced many actors as well as fashion designers by the roles she played. Naomi Watts stated that her character interpretation in Mulholland Drive (2001) was influenced by the look and performances of Novak in Vertigo. Renée Zellweger said that Novak was "pure magic" and dressed up as her character from Vertigo for a photo shoot for March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair. Nicole Kidman wrote Novak a letter saying she was "an inspiration to me and to women everywhere. Your cinematic body of work speaks for yourself, but so does the other side of Kim Novak – the free spirit who left Hollywood to live atop the hills of Big Sur. Kim Novak the painter and llama farmer. You are an icon whose screen presence is unmatched, and yet you’ve lived your life with dignity and authenticity, and the courage to follow your heart wherever it takes you." In 2005, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen named his first It Bag The Novak, saying, "I'm drawn to Kim Novak in the same way that Hitchcock was. She had an air of uptightness you wouldn't want to cross."
    She hosted special screenings of Vertigo featuring live performances of Bernard Herrmann's score by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and by members of the San Francisco Symphony at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in 2016.
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    In 2015, Novak attended the 22nd Febiofest international film festival where she received the Kristián Award for her contribution to world cinema.
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  • 2014
    Age 81
    Also in 2014, Novak was invited by Cunard Line to be a speaker onboard during a New York-to-London cruise on RMS Queen Mary 2.
    More Details Hide Details She introduced screenings of Vertigo and Bell, Book and Candle, and did a Q&A session with Hollywood expert Sue Cameron, who is also her manager. That same year, Novak appeared with both of her art mentors, Harley Brown and Richard McKinley, for a solo show of her paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art.
    In 2014, she appeared as a presenter at the 86th Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she introduced a screening of her 1958 movie, Bell, Book and Candle at the TCM Classic Film Festival.
  • 2013
    Age 80
    She attended the 2013 Festival where she introduced a new restored version of Vertigo.
    More Details Hide Details She also took part in the festival’s closing ceremony as a presenter. Audiences gave Novak a standing ovation for every appearance she made during the festival.
    In 2013, Novak was recognized as the guest of honor by the Cannes Film Festival.
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    The hour-long interview aired on TCM as Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival on March 6, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Novak broke down in tears while discussing Liebestraum. As she nearly sobbed in front of the audience, Novak said, "I couldn't do a movie after that. I've never done a movie after that. I just couldn't do a movie after that." The interview was an eye-opener for many fans who had wondered why Novak made so few films. Acknowledging that she never reached her potential as an actress, Novak revealed to the audience that she was bipolar and explained, "I was not diagnosed until much later. I go through more of the depression than the mania part." "I don't think I was ever cut out to have a Hollywood life," Novak also commented. "Did I do the right thing, leaving? Did I walk out when I shouldn't have? That's when I get sad." On the possibility of acting again, Novak said in another interview, with the fashion website LifeGoesStrong, "Who knows what the future holds? It would take an awful lot to lure me out there, but I would never say never." Also during the TCM Festival, Novak was honored in a handprint and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. That same year, Novak received the San Francisco Cinematic Icon Award from the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.
  • 2012
    Age 79
    In 2012, Novak was honored in a handprint and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she received the S.F. Cinematic Icon Award from the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society for her screen contributions in San Francisco with Pal Joey and Vertigo.
    In April 2012, Novak was honored at the TCM Classic Film Festival where she introduced a screening of Vertigo.
    More Details Hide Details She joined in conversation with Robert Osborne for a Q&A session in which she discussed her career and personal life.
  • 2010
    Age 77
    In 2010, Novak was the recipient of a special tribute from the American Cinematheque in Hollywood, where her films were shown at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details She made a rare personal appearance with a Q&A onstage between showing of Pal Joey and Bell, Book and Candle, earning a two-long minute standing ovation upon her entrance.
  • 2004
    Age 71
    She made an appearance on Larry King Live in 2004 where she stated she would consider returning to the screen "if it was the right role."
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  • 2003
    Age 70
    In 2003, Novak was presented with the Eastman Kodak Archives Award for her major contribution to film. (Prior honorees include Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, James Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.) During that time, Novak received several offers to do some major films and to appear on high-profile television shows.
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  • 1997
    Age 64
    In 1997, Novak received an Honorary Golden Bear Award for lifetime achievement at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 56
    In 1989, Novak appeared along with James Stewart as a presenter at the 61st Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Asked in the press room about a possible comeback, Novak said that if someone sent her a script she really wanted to do, with a part she felt she couldn't turn down, she would be happy to go back to work on the big or little screen. At the same time, Novak turned down plenty of offers for movies, as well as an opportunity to appear in a second season of Falcon Crest, in order to write her autobiography, tentatively titled Through My Eyes. Novak decided to re-establish contact with her agent and seek challenging roles after she realized she was not satisfied artistically. She said at the time, "I feel that I didn't live up to what I should have done with it. In other words, I'm glad I made the move away from Hollywood: I don't regret that. I know that was a major thing and a good thing. But by the same token, it was like unfinished business." She returned to film with the leading role of Rose Sellers in The Children (1990) opposite Ben Kingsley. A British-German coproduction, the film only had a limited release.
  • 1986
    Age 53
    She appeared as the secretive "Kit Marlowe" in 19 episodes from 1986 to 1987.
    More Details Hide Details It was Novak's idea to name her character Kit Marlowe, as it was the stage name that Columbia had wanted her to use when she started out in the business. The former Marilyn Pauline Novak wryly described this turn of events as effectively being Cohn's revenge on her from beyond the grave.
  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 47
    In 1980, Novak played fictional actress Lola Brewster in the British mystery-thriller The Mirror Crack'd, based on the story by Agatha Christie.
    More Details Hide Details She co-starred alongside Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor. Novak did not appear in any feature films during the remainder of the 1980s. Her acting credits during the decade included the ensemble television movie Malibu (1983) and the pilot episode of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985). Producers of the successful primetime soap opera Falcon Crest offered Novak a role in their series similar to her character in Vertigo.
  • 1975
    Age 42
    In 1975, Novak took part in the ABC movie Satan's Triangle because she liked the story which dealt in the supernatural.
    More Details Hide Details Novak had a small role in The White Buffalo (1977), a western starring Charles Bronson. She ended the decade by playing Helga in Just a Gigolo (1979), opposite David Bowie.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 35
    In 1968, she returned to the screen for The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968), starring Peter Finch and Ernest Borgnine, and directed by Robert Aldrich.
    More Details Hide Details She played a dual role, portraying a person who becomes possessed by a look-alike film actress who gets made over by her obsessive-compulsive director lover. Robert Aldrich asked Novak to do a German accent for that role, but she felt it was unbelievable and over the top, so she did not want to do it, and he never insisted. At the premiere, Novak was totally shocked to hear her voice had been overdubbed by a German actress in many scenes. Aldrich had never told her, nor had he given her the opportunity to dub it herself. She was extremely upset. The last film Novak made in the '60s was The Great Bank Robbery (1969), opposite Zero Mostel, Clint Walker, and Claude Akins. After spending nearly four years she described as a "self-imposed vacation," Novak agreed to take part in two projects. She returned to the screen with a role in the horror anthology film Tales That Witness Madness (1973). Novak also starred as Las Vegas chorus girl Gloria Joyce, a character she could identify with, in the made-for-TV movie, The Third Girl From the Left (1973), with her real-life boyfriend at the time, Michael Brandon. Novak admitted a preference for TV films as she thought they were faster to shoot than features. She described scripts of that time as offensive, saying she disliked the unnecessary sex she found in most of them.
  • 1966
    Age 33
    By the end of 1966, she was emotionally drained and no longer wanted to live the life of a Hollywood movie star, in the glare of the spotlight with the press criticizing her every move.
    More Details Hide Details When the mudslide took her Bel Air home and cost her entire life’s savings in bulldozer fees, she moved away from Hollywood to discover herself anew. From then on acting became a job and was no longer a career of choice. Novak preferred to concentrate on her first love, the visual arts, often writing poetry to accompany her paintings, and even writing some song lyrics. Harry Belafonte and the Kingston Trio recorded some of her folk songs in the 1960s.
  • 1965
    Age 32
    Novak married Johnson in 1965 and divorced him in the spring of 1966.
    More Details Hide Details They remained good friends.
    Later it was rediscovered and acclaimed for its forward thinking and got rave reviews, particularly for Novak’s performance as “Polly the Pistol.” In 1965, she made The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders in England with British actor Richard Johnson.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 28
    After her Hollywood house survived the big Bel Air fire of 1961, it was finally lost a few years later when it was swept away with most of her belongings in a mudslide in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details During that interim, she made W. Somerset Maugham's drama Of Human Bondage (1964) with Laurence Harvey in Ireland. Kiss Me, Stupid followed for director Billy Wilder. Actor Peter Sellers had originally been selected, but he had suffered a heart attack, so Ray Walston took his place. Also co-starring was Dean Martin. The film had problems getting released due to conflicts with the Legion of Decency.
  • 1958
    Age 25
    In 1958, Novak again worked with Stewart in Richard Quine's Bell, Book and Candle, a comedy tale of modern-day witchcraft, that proved to be a box office success.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she starred opposite Fredric March in the acclaimed Middle of the Night (1959), which she has described as her favorite film that she has been in. Novak also cites her performance in Middle of the Night as her best. Novak starred opposite Kirk Douglas in Strangers When We Meet (1960). Richard Quine was the director, as well as her fiancé at the time. The studio planned to give them the house that was built as part of the story line during the filming as a wedding gift, but their wedding never came to be. Instead it was during the last film that she and Quine made together in 1962, The Notorious Landlady with Jack Lemmon, that she discovered and purchased her future home by the sea near Big Sur, California. It was to become her retreat and salvation after leaving Hollywood.
    The film was poorly received at the time of its release in 1958 and failed at the box office, but has since been re-evaluated and is widely considered one of the director's best works.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2012 British Film Institute's Sight & Sound critics' poll, Vertigo was voted as the best film of all time, displacing Orson Welles' Citizen Kane from the position it had occupied since 1962. Novak received mixed reviews for her performance, but she managed to surprise film critics. While Bosley Crowther, writing for The New York Times, described her as "really quite amazing," the Variety review noted that she was "interesting under Hitchcock’s direction" and "nearer an actress than she was in either Pal Joey or Jeanne Eagles." The consensus regarding her performance also changed with time. For example, film critic David Thomson thought it was "one of the major female performances in the cinema" and film director Martin Scorsese called it "extraordinary," adding that Novak's work was "so brave and emotionally immediate." However, Novak was disappointed by her performance when she watched the film in 2013. "I was really disappointed. Both characters were exaggerated. They'll always remember me in Vertigo, and I'm not that good in it, but I don't blame me because there are a couple of scenes where I was wonderful."
  • 1957
    Age 24
    Columbia then placed her in a film adaptation of Pal Joey in 1957, based on the 1940 novel and Broadway play both written by John O'Hara.
    More Details Hide Details Playing Linda English, a naive showgirl, she again co-starred opposite Frank Sinatra, as well as Rita Hayworth. Released in October, the film received favorable reviews; Variety called the film "strong, funny entertainment", although Novak's performance has generated a mixed reaction, partly because of noticeable lack of on-screen charisma. The movie was a box office hit and has been considered one of Novak's better performances. Director Alfred Hitchcock was working on his next film, Vertigo, when his leading actress, Vera Miles, became pregnant and had to withdraw from the complex role of Judy Barton. Hitchcock approached Harry Cohn to offer Novak the female lead without even requesting a screen test. Though Cohn hated the script, he allowed Novak to read it because he considered Hitchcock to be a great director. Novak loved it as she could identify with the character and agreed to take part in the film without meeting Hitchcock. At the same time, she was striking for more money from Columbia, and refused to show up for work on the Vertigo set to protest her salary of $1,250 a week. Novak hired new agents to represent her and demanded an adjustment in her contract. Cohn, who was paid $250,000 for Novak to do Vertigo, suspended her but, after a few weeks of negotiations, he relented and offered her a new contract worthy of a major star. She was now receiving $3,000 a week and explained to the press, "I don't like to have anyone take advantage of me."
    After appearing in a series of successful movies, Novak became one of the biggest box office draws in 1957 and 1958.
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  • 1956
    Age 23
    She appeared as a mystery guest on the popular game show What's My Line? on February 5, 1956 to promote the film's opening at the Radio City Music Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Director Otto Preminger then cast her in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), in which she played Frank Sinatra's sultry ex-girlfriend. In a cast which included Eleanor Parker, Novak received praise for being one of the film's bright spots, and the film was a box office triumph. Novak's next project, The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), cast her as Marjorie Oelrichs, the wife of pianist Eddy Duchin, played by Tyrone Power. Because she and Power did not get along during filming, Novak nearly considered backing out of the production, but decided against it. At the time of its release, the film was a critical and box office hit, with many suggesting that Novak's advertisements for No-Cal diet soda contributed positively to the film's success. Given the choice of her next project, she selected the biopic Jeanne Eagels, in which she portrayed the immensely popular stage and silent screen actress who suffered an addiction to heroin. Co-starring Jeff Chandler, the film was a largely fictional account of Eagels' life, and despite its success, Eagels' family sued Columbia over the way Eagels had been depicted in the movie.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
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    Kim Novak was born Marilyn Pauline Novak in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933.
    More Details Hide Details She is the daughter of Joseph and Blanche (née Kral) Novak. Both her parents were of Czech descent. Her father was a history teacher and worked as a dispatcher on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, and her mother was a factory worker. She attended William Penn Elementary, Farragut High School, and Wright Junior College. She won two scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and during the summer break in her last semester of junior college, Novak went on a cross-country tour modeling for a refrigerator company at trade shows. While stopping by Los Angeles, Novak was crowned "Miss Deepfreeze" by the refrigerator company. While there, she and two other models stood in line to be extras in The French Line (1954), a film starring Jane Russell. It was here that she was discovered by an agent, who signed her to a long-term contract with Columbia Pictures. From the beginning of her career, she wanted to be an original and not another stereotype. Therefore, she fought with Columbia's chief, Harry Cohn, over the changing of her name. He suggested the name "Kit Marlowe", arguing that "Nobody's gonna go see a girl with a Polack name!" But she insisted on keeping her name, saying, "I'm Czech, but Polish, Czech, no matter, it's my name!" The two sides eventually settled on the name "Kim Novak" as a compromise.
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