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Kim Novak – Photos and Quotes

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“I never met Harry Cohn until he decided to change my name. My real name is Marilyn Novak and much to my horror, I discovered I was to be billed as ‘Kit Marlowe.’ Jack Lait, then the publicity head, had the whole campaign ready. ‘Can’t you see it?’ he said to me. ‘When you were a little girl, they called you kitten?’”Kim Novak, talking about her early days with Columbia Pictures.

 

 

“They dreamed up about 50 different names for me. Most of all they wanted to call me Kit Marlow, but I objected. ‘What’s wrong with Novak?’ I said. ‘It’s a perfectly good Bohemian name.’ They let me keep it. As for Kim – well, that’s really funny. There are a lot of Kims in this business: Kin Hunter, Kim Stanley. When I was in Philadelphia on a publicity tour, a TV announcer introduced me as ‘that well-known star of stage and screen, Kim Hunter. Now tell us, Miss Hunter,’ he continued, ‘the name of your favorite starring films.’ ‘First of all,’ I said, ‘my name is Kim Novak, not Kim Hunter. Second, I’ve had a speaking part in only one picture.’ You should have seen his expression!”Kim Novak

Source: Lloyd Shearer (1955)

Photo: Wallace Seawell (1955)

 

 

William Holden and Kim Novak in "Picnic" (1956). Bizarre Los Angeles

“It was magical. I found him to be the most desirable man. If he hadn’t had a girlfriend and a wife at the same time….He was able to turn it off and go back [to his dressing room] and I would be left in such a feeling of passion.” — Kim Novak

Source: Susan King (2004)

Photo: Picnic (1956). With William Holden.

 

 

"I was good in my first picture and got wonderful reviews. I was afraid I might not be able to live up to it. I felt it could never happen again. Today I'm worried because I didn't enjoy it on my way up, and now maybe I'm on my way down." -- Kim Novak. Bizarre Los Angeles.

“I was good in my first picture and got wonderful reviews. I was afraid I might not be able to live up to it. I felt it could never happen again. Today I’m worried because I didn’t enjoy it on my way up, and now maybe I’m on my way down.”Kim Novak

Source: Time Magazine (1957)

Photo: Jeanne Eagels (1957)

 

"The more I work, the more I can take. But I guess I couldn't keep this pace the rest of my life." -- Kim Novak (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“The more I work, the more I can take. But I guess I couldn’t keep this pace the rest of my life. And I pull my own strings, no matter what you read about the studio setting out deliberately to mold a new star to replace Rita Hayworth. If they were going to do that, they’d have dyed my hair read.”Kim Novak

Source: Gay Pauley (1957)

Photo: Pal Joey (1957)

 

Kim Novak

“I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.”Kim Novak

Photographer: Peter Basch

 

Kim Novak

“I accepted the fact of not having enough love as a child. But when I started getting into the Hollywood years, I had do much pain there. I couldn’t go into it, and I had almost blackouts of persons. And I realized that obviously there were some heavy-duty blocks. I found that every time I started to work on it, I got real emotional.”Kim Novak

Source: Myra Forsberg (1990)

 

"I certainly didn't have any experience as a trained actor. But I have a keen, keen imagination. I love living fantasies, so all I did was put myself into [the character]. It was definitely giving of myself. I didn't have any technical ability at that time. If I had tried to act, I wouldn't have been remembered at all today." -- Kim Novak (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I certainly didn’t have any experience as a trained actor. But I have a keen, keen imagination. I love living fantasies, so all I did was put myself into [the character]. It was definitely giving of myself. I didn’t have any technical ability at that time. If I had tried to act, I wouldn’t have been remembered at all today.”Kim Novak

Source: Susan King (2004)

 

"Directors like Hitchcock were confident enough directing on the technical aspects, but they didn't try to mess with your mind." -- Kim Novak

“Directors like Hitchcock were confident enough directing on the technical aspects, but they didn’t try to mess with your mind. When I worked some directors who weren’t as good, they try to tell you everything you were supposed to be thinking. That didn’t work for me. I had a hard time with that. As much as I am vulnerable, I am also strong-willed in a funny way, and I needed to express my own sense of creativity.”Kim Novak

Source: Susan King (2004)

Photo: Vertigo (1958). With Alfred Hitchcock.

 

 

“It was real to me; everything that was happening was real. Both of us were just acting off each other and the situation. He was amazing.”Kim Novak

Source: Susan King (2004)

Photo: Vertigo (1958). With James Stewart.

 

 

Kim Novak

“I had some amazing roles when I first started out. Then they kind of typecast you. They start putting you in all the same kind of things, and didn’t go down well for me. I wasn’t in it for the money or the fame; to me was all about the expression of something I could give that maybe no one else could in quite the same way. I felt like I had a real purpose.”Kim Novak

Source: Susan King (2004)

Photo: Peter Basch

 

Kim Novak (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“In the early films, I had no experience. I was just doing it. I think I had an innate talent and a relationship with the camera, and because of my sincerity and my honesty it read through, and that’s what got me through those movies. But then I don’t think I developed that much more with it, and part of it was the roles, but part of it was me. A lot of it was me.”Kim Novak

Source: Myra Forsberg (1990)

Photo: Peter Basch

 

Kim Novak 1958

“I had a lot of resentment for awhile towards Kim Novak. But I don’t mind her anymore. She’s OK. We’ve become friends.”Kim Novak

Source: Tom Shales (1996)

 

Kim Novak painting

Artist: N/A. Year: 1968. Oil on canvas. 30 x 24 inches. Created as a prop for the film The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968).

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