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Kim Novak
(February 13, 1933 - living) U.S.A.

Kim Novak

Actress

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Kim Novak, born Marilyn Pauline Novak in Chicago, Illinois, was the daughter of a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get along well with teachers. She even admitted that she didn't like being told what to do and when to do it.

Her first job, after high school, was modeling teen fashions for a local department store. Kim, later, won a scholarship in a modeling school and continued to model part time. Later she worked odd jobs as an elevator operator, sales clerk, and a dental assistant. The jobs never seemed to work out so she fell back on modeling, the one job she did well.

After a stint on the road as a spokesperson for an appliance company, Kim decided to go to Los Angeles and try her luck at modeling there. After being seen by a talent agent for Columbia Pictures, she signed a small six month contract, took acting lessons, and appeared in several successful films. Her beautiful looks soon caught the attention of fans and critics alike.

Kim, who was still going by her own name of Marilyn, was originally going to be called Kit Marlowe. She wanted to at least keep her family name of Novak, so the young actress and studio personnel settled on Kim Novak. After taking some acting lessons, which the studio declined to pay for, Kim appeared in her first film opposite Fred MacMurray in Pushover.

By the early, 1960's Kim's star was beginning to fall especially with the rise of new stars or stars that were remodeling their status within the film community. Subsequent films were not the type to get the critics to sit up and take notice. In 1981, Kim played, of all people, Kit Marlowe in the TV series Falcon Crest. Her last film, on the silver screen, was Liebestraum in 1991.

Novak has been married twice, from 1965 to 1966 to British actor Richard Johnson, and in 1976, to veterinarian Dr. Robert Malloy. She currently resides in Hollywood, and is working on an autobiography.

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Source: Tim Mansfield, "My Very Own Out List", an article posted to the usenet group soc.motss, September 25, 1992 by timbomb@cs.uq.oz.au

Her films include:

  • Pushover (1954)
  • Phffft! (1954)
  • Five Against the House (1955)
  • Picnic (1955)
  • The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
  • Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • Boys' Night Out (1962)
  • Kiss Me Stupid (1963)
  • Of Human Bondage (1964)
  • The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
  • Liebestraum (1991)
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