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Kim Novak Biography

Birth Name:
Marilyn Pauline Novak
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

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


  • 1957BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1955Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner