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Fast Facts

  • In the words of film historian David Thomson, she is "the epitome of every small-town waitress or beauty contest winner who thought of being in the movies."
  • A Columbia Pictures production assistant introduced her to a talent scout after meeting her at a party in Los Angeles; she was on tour that summer modeling for Thor refrigerators.
  • Went on a personal strike in 1957 to protest her pay, which was $1,250 per week.
  • Was first choice to play Marion Wormer, the Dean's wife, in 1978's Animal House.
  • Turned down the lead roles in the 1961 films Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Hustler.
  • Had a well-publicized relationship with Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Raises horses and llamas on her Oregon ranch with her husband.
  • In 2005, fashion designer Alexander McQueen named one of his handbags "The Novak" in her honor.


  • 1957, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1955, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner
  • 1957, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1997, Berlin Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear): Winner


  • Lisa Malloy — Stepdaughter
  • Richard Quine — Ex-fiancé
  • Joseph Novak — Father
  • Arlene Novak — Sister
  • Blanche Novak — Mother
  • Robert Malloy — Husband
  • Rebecca Malloy — Stepdaughter
  • Richard Johnson — Ex-husband

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  • Birth Name: Marilyn Pauline Novak
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Profession: Actor

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