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Kim Novak is a Actor and Co-Costume Designer American born on 13 february 1933 at Chicago (USA)

Kim Novak

Kim Novak
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Birth name Marilyn Pauline Novak
Nationality USA
Birth 13 february 1933 (87 years) at Chicago (USA)

Marilyn Pauline Novak, professionally known as Kim Novak (born February 13, 1933), is a retired American film and television actress.

She began her career in 1954 after signing with Columbia Pictures. There, she became a successful actress, starring in a string of movies, among them the critically acclaimed Picnic (1955). She later starred in such popular successes as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Pal Joey (1957). However, she is perhaps best known today for her "dual role" as both Judy Barton and Madeleine Elster in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Vertigo (1958). Novak was popular in box office popularity polls, and she starred opposite several top leading men of the era, including James Stewart, William Holden, Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, and Kirk Douglas.

Although still young, her career declined in the early 1960s, and after several years in a series of lackluster films, she withdrew from acting in 1966. She has only sporadically returned since. She later returned to the screen in The Mirror Crack'd (1980), and had a regular role on the prime time series Falcon Crest (1986–87). After a disappointing experience during the filming of Liebestraum (1991), she has permanently retired from acting, citing she has no desire to return.


Novak's first marriage was to English actor Richard Johnson. It lasted thirteen months, from March 15, 1965 to April 23, 1966. The two remained friends afterwards.

After her engagement to director Richard Quine, much was made of her relationships with Sammy Davis, Jr., and Ramfis Trujillo from the Dominican Republic. She dated Prince Aly Khan as well as Frank Sinatra, Richard Beymer and actor Michael Brandon. In a BBC documentary, it was disclosed that Columbia Studios chief, Harry Cohn, in order to end her relationship with a black man, had mobsters threaten Sammy Davis, Jr. with blinding or having his legs broken if he did not marry a black woman within 48 hours.

In the 1960s, Novak left Hollywood for Big Sur, where she started to raise horses and concentrate on painting, not making more than the occasional film. In 1974, she met her present husband, veterinarian Robert Malloy, when he made a house call after one of her Arabian mares started suffering from colic. They have been together ever since, and married on March 12, 1976. Through him, she now has two grownup stepchildren.

In 1997, Novak bought a 43-acre ranch in Sams Valley, Oregon, which they made into their home. There, Novak began to take classes in painting with pastels from artists Harley Brown and Richard McKinley. In July 2000, their home on the ranch burned to the ground, and she lost all her art and the only draft of the biography she had been working on for ten years.

In 2006, Novak was injured in a horse riding accident. She suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs, and nerve damage, but made a full recovery within a year.

In October 2010, her manager, Sue Cameron, reported that Novak had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Cameron also noted that Novak is "undergoing treatment" and "her doctors say she is in fantastic physical shape and should recover very well." Upon completion of treatment, Novak was declared cancer-free.

Novak continues her creative endeavors today as a photographer, poet and visual artist who paints in watercolor, oil and pastel. Her paintings are impressionistic and surrealistic.

Best films

Vertigo (1958)
Picnic (1955)
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
Pal Joey (1957)

Usually with

Jean Louis
Jean Louis
(9 films)
George Sidney
George Sidney
(4 films)
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(5 films)
Frank De Vol
Frank De Vol
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Kim Novak (34 films)

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Liebestraum, 1h52
Directed by Mike Figgis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Crime, Romance
Actors Kevin Anderson, Pamela Gidley, Bill Pullman, Kim Novak, Graham Beckel, Karen Sillas
Roles Lillian Anderson Munnsen
Rating60% 3.0012553.0012553.0012553.0012553.001255
The story follows two affairs, a generation apart. Nick (Kevin Anderson), a professor of architecture in upstate New York, comes to an Illinois town to be with his birth mother (Kim Novak) in the final days of her illness; he was adopted and has never met her before. On the first day, he runs into Paul (Bill Pullman), a college friend, whose construction company is demolishing an old, downtown department store where a murder-suicide happened 30 years before. The building is a beautiful cast-iron construction, so Nick wants to study it before the demolition. Paul introduces Nick to his wife, Jane (Pamela Gidley), a photographer who wants to portray the same building. Over the next four days, Nick and Jane's attraction grows, as Nick explores the old building, attends his mother's bedside, and unravels the truth that links both of them with the developing events in his and Jane's life.
Malibu (1983)
, 4h
Directed by E.W. Swackhamer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Susan Dey, William Atherton, Kim Novak, James Coburn, Richard Mulligan, Eva Marie Saint
Roles Billie Farnsworth
Rating61% 3.059923.059923.059923.059923.05992
Sans Soleil, 1h40
Directed by Chris Marker
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Documentary
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Kim Novak, James Stewart, Charlotte Kerr, Alexandra Stewart
Roles Herself / Madeleine Elster / Judy Burton (archive footage)
Rating79% 3.9957353.9957353.9957353.9957353.995735
Le film est construit autour du discours d'un cameraman fictif, Sandor Krasna, rédacteur de lettres lues tout au long du film par Florence Delay. Dans ses écrits, il va traiter successivement du temps, de la mémoire, de la fragilité humaine face aux séismes du Japon ou encore face à la famine, menace constante au Cap Vert ou en Guinée-Bissau. Le cinéaste voyage alors aux « deux pôles extrêmes de la survie » tel qu'il le dit lui-même. Il montrera non pas les difficultés pour ces sociétés à s'en sortir, mais plutôt leur façon de vivre et d'exister au-delà de ce qui peut leur coûter la vie. Car comme il l'annonce : « Moi, ce que je veux vous montrer, ce sont les fêtes de quartier ».
The Mirror Crack'd, 1h45
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about films, Films about television
Actors Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Rock Hudson, Edward Fox, Geraldine Chaplin
Roles Lola Brewster
Rating61% 3.0994453.0994453.0994453.0994453.099445
Set in the fictional English village of St. Mary Mead, home of Miss Jane Marple (Angela Lansbury), in 1953, a big Hollywood production company arrives to film a costume movie about Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I with two famous movie stars, Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster (Elizabeth Taylor and Kim Novak, respectively). The two actresses are old rivals who despise each other. Marina, making a much heralded comeback after a prolonged "illness" and retirement (due to what was really a nervous breakdown), and her husband, Jason Rudd (Rock Hudson), who is directing the movie they are making, arrive with their entourage. When she learns that Lola will be in the movie as well, she becomes enraged and vents her anger. Lola and her husband, Marty Fenn (Tony Curtis), who is producing the movie, arrive. Excitement runs high in the village as the locals have been invited to a reception held by the movie company in a manor house, Gossington Hall, to meet the celebrities. Lola and Marina come face to face at the reception and exchange some potent and comical insults, nasty one-liners, as they smile and pose for the cameras. The two square off in a series of clever verbal cat-fights throughout the movie.
Just a Gigolo, 1h58
Directed by David Hemmings
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors David Bowie, Sydne Rome, Kim Novak, Maria Schell, Curd Jürgens, David Hemmings
Roles Helga von Kaiserling
Rating57% 2.853832.853832.853832.853832.85383
A Prussian officer (David Bowie) returns home to Berlin following the end of the Great War. Unable to find employment elsewhere, he works as a gigolo in a brothel run by the Baroness (Marlene Dietrich). He is eventually killed in street fighting between Nazis and Communists. Both sides claim his body but the Nazis succeed in capturing it and bury him with honours, "a hero to a cause he did not support".
The White Buffalo, 1h37
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Horror, Western
Themes Films about animals
Actors Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak, Slim Pickens, Clint Walker
Roles Mrs. Poker Jenny Schermerhorn
Rating61% 3.097663.097663.097663.097663.09766
Wild Bill Hickok is haunted by his dreams of a giant white buffalo. So much that he travels the West to find the beast. Along the way, Hickok meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching the plains for the giant white buffalo, who has killed Crazy Horse's daughter. Hickok and Crazy Horse team up to kill the elusive buffalo.
Satan’s Triangle, 1h11
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Alejandro Rey, Ed Lauter, Jim Davis, Michael Conrad
Roles Eva
Rating64% 3.246853.246853.246853.246853.24685
Un hélicoptère avec deux sauveteurs des gardes-côtes américain est envoyé au secours de l'équipage d'un voilier. Arrivé sur place, l'un des deux hommes descend à bord et découvre qu'il n'y a qu'une seule survivante, Eva. Un accident mécanique survient obligeant l'homme et la jeune femme à passer la nuit à bord.
Tales That Witness Madness, 1h30
Directed by Freddie Francis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Donald Pleasence, Joan Collins, Kim Novak, Jack Hawkins, Georgia Brown, Donald Houston
Roles Auriol
Rating57% 2.8523852.8523852.8523852.8523852.852385
In the Framing Story, Dr. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence), a psychiatrist in a modern mental asylum, reveals a bold new psychiatric theory to colleague Dr. Nicholas (Jack Hawkins). Tremayne uses four patients who went insane - Paul, Timothy, Brian, and Auriol - to illustrate the theory, presenting each in turn to Nicholas:
The Third Girl from the Left, 1h13
Directed by Peter Medak
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Kim Novak, Tony Curtis, Barbi Benton, Michael Brandon, George Furth
Roles Gloria Joyce
Rating64% 3.230273.230273.230273.230273.23027
The Great Bank Robbery, 1h38
Directed by Hy Averback
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Western
Actors Zero Mostel, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Claude Akins, Akim Tamiroff, Larry Storch
Roles Sister Lyda Kebanov (forger)
Rating56% 2.809552.809552.809552.809552.80955
Un faux prêtre et une fausse bonne sœur qui, accompagnés de faux moines, se retrouve confrontée à d'autres malfaiteurs lorsqu'ils tentent de braquer une banque.
The Great Bank Robbery, 1h38
Directed by Hy Averback
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Western
Themes Heist films
Actors Zero Mostel, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Claude Akins, Akim Tamiroff, Larry Storch
Roles Sister Lyda Kebanov (forger)
Rating56% 2.809552.809552.809552.809552.80955
Gold stolen by outlaws is stashed in the impenetrable bank of Friendly, a small town in Texas. A preacher, Rev. Pious Blue, is actually a thief. He and his associates, including partner Lyda Kebanov, plan to tunnel into the vault and blow it up with TNT, just as a Fourth of July celebration drowns out the noise.
The Legend of Lylah Clare, 2h10
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about films, Films about religion, Films about television
Actors Peter Finch, Kim Novak, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Murphy, Milton Selzer, Valentina Cortese
Roles Lylah Clare / Elsa Brinkmann / Elsa Campbell
Rating60% 3.0037853.0037853.0037853.0037853.003785
Elsa Brinkmann (Novak), is hired by producer Barney Sheean (Borgnine), who wishes to make a film about the life of 1930s movie star Lylah Clare (also Novak).
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, 2h6
Directed by Terence Young
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Kim Novak, Richard Johnson, Angela Lansbury, Vittorio De Sica, Leo McKern, George Sanders
Roles Moll Flanders
Rating57% 2.8560852.8560852.8560852.8560852.856085
In the 18th Century, an orphan, Moll Flanders, grows up to become a servant for the town's mayor, who has two grown sons. Moll is seduced and abandoned by one, then marries the other, a drunken sot who dies, making her a young widow.
Of Human Bondage, 1h40
Directed by Henry Hathaway, Ken Hughes, Bryan Forbes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Kim Novak, Laurence Harvey, Tony Randall, Robert Morley, Siobhán McKenna, Roger Livesey
Roles Mildred Rogers
Rating65% 3.2986953.2986953.2986953.2986953.298695
After two unsuccessful years pursuing an art career in Paris, clubfooted Philip Carey decides to study medicine. He meets and falls in love with Mildred Rogers, a low-class waitress who takes advantage of his feelings for her.