Kim Novak

Actor, Model, Elevator operator
A rare combination of icy aloofness and earthy sensuality helped to make actress Kim Novak one of the top box office stars in Hollywood during the 1950s and early 1960s. The former model was originally envisioned as a ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1933 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Actor (37)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Liebestraum 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Anderssen (Actor)

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The Children 1989 (Movie)

Rose Sellars (Actor)

Es Hat Mich Sehr Gefreut 1986 (Movie)

("Musikerinnen") (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The Mirror Crack'd 1979 (Movie)

Lola Brewster (Actor)

Just a Gigolo 1978 (Movie)

Helga (Actor)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

Poker Jenny Schermerhorn (Actor)

Tales That Witness Madness 1972 (Movie)

Auriol (Actor)

The Great Bank Robbery 1969 (Movie)

Lyda Kabanov (Actor)

The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 (Movie)

Elsa Brinkmann/Lylah Clare (Actor)

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders 1965 (Movie)

Moll Flanders (Actor)

Kiss Me, Stupid 1964 (Movie)

Polly (Actor)

Of Human Bondage 1964 (Movie)

Mildred Rogers (Actor)

Boys' Night Out 1962 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

The Notorious Landlady 1962 (Movie)

Carlye Hardwicke (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Strangers When We Meet 1960 (Movie)

Maggie Gault (Actor)

Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)

Betty Preisser (Actor)

Bell, Book and Candle 1958 (Movie)

Gillian Holroyd (Actor)

Vertigo 1958 (Movie)

Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton (Actor)

Jeanne Eagels 1957 (Movie)

Jeanne Eagels (Actor)

Pal Joey 1957 (Movie)

Linda English (Actor)

Picnic 1956 (Movie)

Madge Owens (Actor)

The Eddy Duchin Story 1956 (Movie)

Marjorie Oelrichs (Actor)

Five Against the House 1955 (Movie)

Day Greylek (Actor)

The Man With the Golden Arm 1955 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Phffft! 1954 (Movie)

Janis (Actor)

Pushover 1954 (Movie)

Lona McLane (Actor)

The French Line 1953 (Movie)

Model (Actor)

Malibu (TV Show)


Satan's Triangle (TV Show)

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

The Notorious Landlady 1962 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)


A rare combination of icy aloofness and earthy sensuality helped to make actress Kim Novak one of the top box office stars in Hollywood during the 1950s and early 1960s. The former model was originally envisioned as a replacement for Marilyn Monroe by Columbia chief Harry Cohn, but Novak floundered in her early roles, which required her to provide eye candy and little else. Later films like "Picnic" (1955) and "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955) gave her the chance to display her dramatic and even vulnerable sides, but it was Alfred Hitchcock who provided her with an enduring showcase as the object of James Stewart's affections in "Vertigo" (1958). Sadly, her career began to fade just as it had reached its peak - by the '60s, she was floundering in lukewarm comedies and melodramas, which precipitated a hiatus from acting at the end of the decade. Novak made occasional returns to film in the 1970s and 1980s; none of which could match the intoxicating spell she cast on moviegoers during her heyday three decades prior. Her absence from the public eye only increased the allure of her legend, and preserved her status as one of postwar Hollywood's most mysterious and appealing actresses.


Sammy Davis Jr. Actor


Richard Johnson Actor

Appeared together in "The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders" (1965)

Robert Malloy

Married on March 12, 1976

Arlene Malmborg


Joseph Novak


Blanche Novak


Ramfis Trujillo

Son of a Dominican dictator briefly involved in late 1950s


Wright Junior College

Chicago , Illinois

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California 1958



Novak was the subject of a retrospective held at the Film Forum in NYC


"Vertigo" was restored and re-released


Last feature to date, "Liebestraum"


Co-starred with Ben Kingsley in the film, "The Children"


Cast on the CBS primetime soap, "Falcon Crest," as mystery woman Kit Marlowe


Co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in "The Mirror Crack'd"


Played Helga in "Just a Gigolo," opposite David Bowie


Featured in the western, "The White Buffalo" with Charles Bronson


TV-movie debut, "The Third Girl from the Left" (ABC)


Played Sister Lyda Kebanov in "The Great Bank Robbery," opposite Zero Mostel, Clint Walker, and Claude Akins


Returned to films after a three-year absence in Robert Aldrich's "The Legend of Lylah Clare"


Starred in Billy Wilder's "Kiss Me, Stupid" with Ray Walston and Dean Martin


Played the vulgar waitress Mildred Rogers in a remake of W. Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage"


Produced first film, financing her own production company in association with Filmways Productions, "Boys' Night Out"; also starred with James Garner and Tony Randall


Starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo"


Re-teamed with Sinatra for "Pal Joey"


Appeared on the cover of the July issue of Time Magazine


Won a Golden Globe for her role as Madge Owens in "Picnic"


Played Molly in "The Man with the Golden Arm," opposite Frank Sinatra


First film appearance, a bit part in the Jane Russell vehicle, "The French Line"


Made TV debut on "Light's Diamond Jubilee" (a four-network celebration of the light bulb)


Signed with Columbia Pictures, played first leading roles in "Pushover" and "Phfft!"


Toured the USA as 'Miss Deep Freeze' to help promote Thor refrigerators

Retired from acting to raise horses and llamas

Bonus Trivia


In December 2001, Novak's home in Oregon was robbed of more than $200,000 worth of firearms and tools. Three men were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal conspiracy.


According to director Richard Quine, who helmed several of Novak's films, her appeal partly rested in having the "proverbial quality of the lady in the parlor and the whore in the bedroom."


Kim Novak was diagnosed with breast cancer, the actress’s manager confirmed to CNN on Oct. 20, 2010.


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