Kim Novak Biography, Awards, Family, Facts and Untold Stories

Kim Novak Biography, Awards, Family, Facts and Untold Stories

Kim Novak Bio


Real Name : Marilyn Pauline Novak

February 13, 1933 (age 86)

EducationFarragut Career Academy High School
Alma materSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
OccupationActress, artist
Years active1954–1991



Who is kim Novak?

Marilyn Pauline  also known as Kim Novak was born on February 13, 1933, and she’s currently a retired American film and television actress.

Novak began her film career in 1954 after signing with Columbia Pictures, starring in several films, including Picnic (1955). Kim Novak later starred in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Pal Joey (1957). She is well known for her performance as Madeline Elster/Judy Barton in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo (1958) with James Stewart. Novak enjoyed box-office success and starred alongside several important men of the era, including Fred MacMurray, William Holden, Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Kirk Douglas and Laurence Harvey.

Kim Novak Biography, Awards, Family, Facts and Untold Stories

Kim Novak

Although still in his mid-30s, Novak retired from acting in 1966 and has only sporadically worked in films since then. Kim Novak appeared in The Mirror Crack’d (1980), and played a regular part in Primetime Falcon Crest (1986-1987).


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After a disappointing experience during the shooting of Liebestraum (1991), she definitely retired from acting, saying she didn’t feel like coming back. Her contributions to the cinema were honored with two Golden Globes, an Honorary Golden Bear Award and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. She currently works as a painter and visual artist.

Kim Novak Early life

Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 13, 1933. She is the daughter of Joseph and Blanche Novak. Both her parents were of Czech descent. Her father was a history teacher who took a job as a freight forwarder on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railways during the Depression, and her mother was a factory worker. She was raised Catholic.

Kim Novak attended William Penn Elementary, Farragut High School, and Wright Junior College. She won two scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and during the summer break, in her last semester of college, Novak took a cross-country modeling tour for a refrigerator company at trade shows.


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Actress Kim Novak’s career

Early work and success (1953-1958)

While moving through Los Angeles, Novak was crowned “Miss Deep Frost” by the refrigeration company. While there, she and two other models lined up to be featured in two RKO movies: The French Line (1954), starring Jane Russell and Son of Sinbad (shot in 1953, only released in 1955). There she was discovered by an agent, who signed her a long-term contract with Columbia Pictures.

From the beginning of her career, Kim Novak wanted to be an original and no longer a stereotype. So she fought with Columbia boss Harry Cohn to change her name. He suggested the name “Kit Marlowe,” arguing, “Nobody’s going to see a girl with a Polish name!” but she insisted on keeping her name, saying, “I’m Czech, but Polish, Czech, it doesn’t matter, it’s my name!” The two sides ended up getting along with the name “Kim Novak” as a compromise.


Retirement (1992-present)

After his retirement from acting, Novak made only rare public appearances and refused most of the offers he received[52]. In 1996, Vertigo received a restoration from Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz and was relaunched in theaters. Novak liked their work so much that he agreed to make appearances at the film screenings, something he originally refused when Universal asked him in 1984.

Kim Novak also participated in Obsessed with Vertigo, a documentary that portrays the making and restoration of the film. In 1997, Novak was awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for all of his life at the 47th Berlin International Festival.


Novak was honored at a handprint and footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 2012.
In 1955, Novak won the Golden Globe Award for the Most Promising Newcomer – Female. Two years later, she won another Golden Globe for the World’s Favorite Female Actress. On February 8, 1960, Novak received a star at the 6332 Hollywood Walk of Fame Boulevard.


In 1995, Kim Novak was ranked 92nd by Empire Magazine in a list of the 100 sexiest stars in the history of cinema. Novak was honored with the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival in 1997 and received the Eastman Kodak Archives Award for her major contribution to cinema in 2003.

In 2012, Kim Novak was honoured at a hand and footprint printing ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. That same year, she received the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society’s S.F. Film Icon Award for her contributions to the San Francisco cinema with Pal Joey and Vertigo. Her contribution to world cinema was also awarded the Kristián Prize which she received at the 22nd Febiofest International Film Festival in 2015.

Kim Novak Personal Life

Novak’s first marriage was to English actor Richard Johnson. It lasted 13 months, from March 15, 1965 to March 23, 1965.



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