Kim Novak (born February 13, 1933) is an American actress. She began her career in 1954 at age 21, and came to prominence almost immediately with a leading role in the film Picnic (1955). Other films from this period of her career include The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), Pal Joey (1957), Jeanne Eagels (1957), the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo (1958), Bell, Book and Candle (1958), and Middle of the Night (1959). After a decade in the entertainment industry, Novak withdrew from the public eye in 1966 and appeared in films only sporadically until 1991, when she retired from acting following a tempestuous experience with director Mike Figgis on the set of Liebestraum, her last film to date.
My security comes from my senses, my sensing the direction I should go and suddenly I felt out of tune, out of step with what other people wanted or what other people expected of me.
If you're wanting glamorous or really beautiful or really sexy, well then, I wasn't really the one, but I could do all of that. You could just get really lost in that kind of image.
Storms come down, houses are wiped out, people drown, but every last little palm is there after the storm. Man is always saying, 'I will overwhelm'. Why can't he bend like the little palms? And rise again. Isn't that better than being washed away?
|Full Name at Birth||Marilyn Pauline Novak|
|Other Names||Kim MalloyThe Lavender Girl|
|Date of Birth||February 13, 1933|
|Height||5' 6" (168 cm)|
|Hair Color||Dyed Blonde|
|High School||David Glasgow Farragut High School|
|University||School of the Art Institute of Chicago|
|Claim to Fame||Vertigo and Bell Book and Candle|
|Music Genre||Indie Rock|
|Brand Endorsements||(1956) Magazine ad: Lux bar soapLiggett Group Chesterfield cigarettes|
|Father||Joseph A. Novak|
|Mother||Blanche Kral Novak|
|Pets||Warlock (Dog - Great Dane)|
|Favorite Colors||Pink, Green, Red|