“I had a lot of resentment for a while toward Kim Novak. But I don’t mind her anymore. She’s okay. We’ve become friends.“
– Kim Novak
Kim Novak was born Marilyn Pauline Novak in Chicago, Illinois, on 13 February 1933, of Czech ancestry. She won a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago and began a career as a model. After a job touring the country as a spokeswoman for a refrigerator company as ‘Miss Deepfreeze’, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was spotted by Columbia Pictures and signed to a 6-month contract. The studio changed her name to Kim and her film career quickly took off. In 1955, she won the Golden Globe Award for “Most Promising Female Newcomer” .
She is perhaps best known for her performance in the classic 1958 Hitchcock film, “Vertigo”. In 1991, she retired from acting and has since become an accomplished oil painter. She lives with her veterinarian husband on a ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon. In 2000, a fire destroyed the only draft of her unfinished autobiography. Novak said: “I took it personally, as a sign, that maybe I’m not supposed to write my biography; maybe the past is supposed to stay buried. It made me realize what was really valuable”.