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NEWSMAKERS: 'Vertigo' Star's Home Burns

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Kim Novak, the veteran starlet of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," the Frank Sinatra musical "Pal Joey" and many others films, lost her home and mementoes in a fire Monday. Authorities in Eagle Point, Oregon, told The Associated Press that the fire was probably electrical, and it was likely triggered when a tree fell on to Novak's house the night before.

The blaze destroyed a computer that contained Novak's autobiography-in-progress, which she had been working on for a decade.

''I take it personally as a sign my story should not be told,'' the 67-year-old actress said.

It's the second time Novak has lost her home to a disaster. In the 1960s, her Bel Air, Calif., home was wiped out in a mudslide, and her Picasso paintings and other valuables were destroyed.

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