Raises horses and llamas in Oregon and California
Went on a personal strike in 1957 protesting her current salary of $1,250 per week.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#92).
On July 24, 2000, she watched her memento-filled house in Eagle Point, Oregon, go up in flames. A deputy fire marshal said that the blaze was probably the result of a tree that fell across an electrical power line. Included in the loss were scripts to some of her movies as well as her computer, which contained her long-gestating autobiography. However, spared were her menagerie of animals, including horses and llamas, as well as the star's husband of 24 years, veterinarian Bob Malloy. She later said that the fire was a sign that she shouldn't be writing an autobiography.
For a scene in Picnic (1955) in which she had to cry, she asked director Joshua Logan to pinch her black and blue off screen, telling him, "I can only cry when I'm hurt.".
As a starlet with Columbia Pictures, she resisted pressure to change her name to Kit Marlowe. Years later, the name was used for the character she played on the television series Falcon Crest (1981). (She did agree to change her first name from Marilyn to Kim, as the public associated her given name with Marilyn Monroe).
In Popular (1999), the main girl's bathroom in the high school is called "The Novak" which holds all the pictures of the homecoming queens. The name is inspired by when movie stars would donate money to schools (often an alma mater). The writers found out that Kim Novak donated money to a school in the Santa Monica area (where the school/show is set), so they named this room after her.
Is portrayed by Terri Lynn in Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983)
She arrived in Hollywood as The Lavendar Girl. When she became a star at Columbia Pictures, the studio had her blonde hair tinted with lavender highlights.
In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. At the beginning of her career, she was also dubbed by Dhia Cristiani. Lidia Simoneschi and Rita Savagnone also lent their voice to Novak at some point, in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) respectively.
Was the original choice to play Marion Wormer in Animal House (1978).
Visited Sammy Davis Jr. in hospital shortly before his death.
Ex-stepmother of Sorel Johnson.
1953 Deb Star.
Daughter of Joseph A. Novak and Blanche Kral. Her sister, Arlene Malborg, is a fashion designer in Chicago.
Despite being divorced from him, she is still friends with Richard Johnson, to whom she was married for only one year.
Met her husband, Dr. Robert Malloy, in 1974 when he came to treat her sick horse. They married two years later in an outdoor ceremony at their home near the Big Sur in California. She has two stepchildren.
Was seriously injured in a horse-riding accident in 2006 and broke her ribs, punctured a lung and had nerve damage. She made a full recovery within a year.
In an interview with Stephen Rebello in the July 2005 issue of Movieline's Hollywood Life, Novak admitted that she had been "unprofessional" in her conduct with director Mike Figgis on how to portray her character in the film Liebestraum (1991).
A Hungarian music band was named after her.
Became a step-grandmother in February 2010.
(1973-1974) Was in a relationship with Michael Brandon.
When she was a child, she had a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing cancer treatment. [October 2010]
Was engaged to Richard Quine but they did not marry.
Publicly claimed that she was raped as a child. [March 2012]
Revealed in a 2012 interview that she is bipolar.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6332 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Was considered for the role of Jean Harlow in the motion picture Harlow (1965) but the role ultimately went to Carroll Baker.