I was born in the south. I live in the south and will die in the south. This is only a small part of the memories I share.
When the Hollywood Trade Papers
first caught the sight of Kim Novak, their initial description of this blond starlet was “sultry,” and to those who do not know what sultry means, it applies (of a person, especially a woman) attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.) And those close to Novak agreed that she was, in every way, the sultry woman whose silken voice caused eligible and non-eligible men to melt with attraction. And I am being very discreet with this piece.
It was not as if Novak had to go out of her way to achieve stardom, all that she had to do was show-up, read for a role, and sign another movie contract from the likes of Paramount, Columbia and others who were always at her heels to get her in their harem, as it were, to make movies with Novak as the headliner.
What all do you Know About Kim Novak?
first of all, this is her real name and birth date: Marilyn Pauline "Kim" Novak (born February 13, 1933) is a retired American film and television actress.
She began her film career in 1954 after signing with Columbia Pictures. She was an instant hit with a string of movies, among them: Picnic(1955). She later starred in such films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Pal Joey(1957). However, she is perhaps best known today 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 opposite several prominent leading men of the era, including Fred MacMurray, William Holden, Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Kirk Douglas, and Laurence Harvey.
Did you read the hit movies that Kim Novak helped to make? Yes, she put the female Hollywood stars such as: Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield, in her shadowed fame while she made film after film which brought their studio heads more and more money.
But keep in mind, that after all has been said, Kim Novak was a female human being with feelings, ideas, and opinions—traits not associated with the Jayne Russell’s of the Hollywood Elite. Novak did not retreat from a ruckus and learned to carve her own niche into the films dubbed them classic of today’s reviewers.
But in the latter light of Kim Novak’s illustrious career, the scripts that she was given were not written in quality manner which angered her and began to tell the producers and studio heads that she would not work in “such conditions.” Frankly, some of her later movies did not bring in a truckload of cash, but still, when you have Kim Novak, you have a bombshell with a sultry smile and gorgeous legs.
Kim Novak’s Personal
life today in 2019, keeps her busy with her artwork and by all standards, Novak is a celebrated artist. Before you begin to feel sorry for Novak, she has an estimated net worth of $15 million. In addition to her wealth, the actress has received several accolades for her exceptional acting prowess; she also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
What about Novak’s personal life? Quite interesting, to be honest. Kim Novak has been married twice; nevertheless, she doesn’t have any kids of her own. Her first marriage was to an English actor named Richard Johnson. The couple got hitched in March 1965 and separated barely one year after their wedding. Their divorce was finalized in April 1966, albeit they remained good friends. They didn’t have kids from their marriage.
After their separation, Novak met with Richard Quine, a renowned American movie director in 1974. After being in a relationship for about two years, the amazing pair exchanged marital vows in March 1976. Following their marriage, Kim adopted Quine’s two grown children from his previous marriage. The couple has been together for over four decades and there is no sign of marital issues between them.
Now you have met the former Hollywood starlet, but in 2019, Kim Novak is still a goddess inside and out.
April 1, 2019__________________________________________
© 2019 Kenneth Avery
Ken Avery on April 12, 2019:
Liz -- if I did a piece like her, I thank you for the reminder. But the plastic surgeon made her look so ghoulish and although it was not her fault, the surgeon was punished and never practiced again.
Write me soon.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 02, 2019:
I vaguely recall Kim Novak. Thanks for sharing these details about her life.