Kim Novak is among the outstanding movie icons that can’t be forgotten in a hurry. The brilliant actress made top-notch contributions in the American movie industry from the ‘50s to early ‘90s. The blonde-haired actress starred in dozens of blockbuster movies and has also received lots of accolades for her efforts. Her most notable role was in the 1958 movie Vertigo where she portrayed the role of the lead actress alongside James Stewart. In addition, Kim is a wonderful artist and after her retirement from acting in 1991, she devoted her time to arts. Learn more about the former actress, her bio, net worth, and other interesting details below.
Kim Novak Biography (Age)
Kim Novak was born on the 13th day of February 1933, in Chicago Illinois. She came from a middle-class American family and was raised by her parents Blanche and her husband Joseph Novak. Her father, a historian worked as a freight dispatcher in Chicago and St. Paul Railroad while her mother worked in a factory. She grew up in a core Catholic setting and her parents are both of Czech ethnic descent. During her early years, Kim schooled at William Penn Elementary School before proceeding to Farragut High School.
Soon after her graduation from Farragut High, Kim enrolled at the Wright Junior College where she participated in various theatre productions organized by the school. Amazingly, her wonderful performances earned her a scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her junior year, Kim started modeling for a refrigerator company. While touring Los Angeles with the company, she participated in and won the Miss Deepfreeze beauty contest. Afterward, she was invited to play a minor role in a movie.
Career and Rise to Prominence
At the early stages of her career, Kim appeared in the 1954 RKO films The French Line and Son of Sinbad. While on set, the actress caught the attention of a talent manager that later signed her up with Columbia Pictures Studio. Joining the studio, Kim made her first appearance in the 1954 crime movie Pushover and after that, she featured in Phffft, a romantic comedy in the same year. The following year, she starred in the box office hit movie 5 Against the House alongside Guy Madison. Later that year, she also appeared in Picnic for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
During the late ‘50s and ‘60s, Kim Novak played several prominent roles in commercially successful movies; thus becoming one of the most successful actresses at the time. She withdrew a bit from acting in 1966 and started making occasional appearances in movies until her retirement in 1991. Some of her most successful movies include The Eddy Dunchin Story, Vertigo, Bell, Book, and Candle, Middle of the Night, Strangers When We Meet, The Notorious Landlady, Boys’ Night Out, and Kiss Me, Stupid, among others.
Prior to her retirement, the actress had a disappointing experience during the production of Mike Figgis’s 1991 movie Liebestraum. After having a series of challenges with the director, Kim officially announced her retirement from acting. Since then, the actress rarely made public appearances until the early 2010s. Despite getting a countless number of offers to appear in movies, the star never accepted any of them. In her later days, Kim got an Honorary Golden Bear Award for her unparalleled lifetime achievements at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.
Net Worth: How Much is Kim Novak Worth?
The iconic actress was active in the American movie industry for three decades and starred in a handful of movies. Being one of the favorite faces on the TV screens during the ‘50s and ‘60s, Kim made a fortune from her acting career. 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 got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
Does She Have Children?
The former movie star 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, Kim 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.
During the 2014 Oscars, Kim left the audience in awe when she appeared on stage alongside Goldie Hawn to present an award. Surprisingly, she had pumped cheeks, stretched lips, and high brows which caused a great stir in the audience. After the event, social media went abuzz. Many celebrities including POTUS Donald Trump commented on her looks via Twitter, while some others came to her defense. Meanwhile, the iconic actress has joined the long list of Hollywood celebrities who have undergone plastic surgery due to the fear of getting old and the excessive pressure of staying relevant in the limelight but it did not go too well.
Height: How Tall is Kim Novak?
The blonde-haired actress is very gorgeous and has a charming personality. She is very tall, standing at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) with an ideal weight of 57 kg. Kim has incredible body measurements of 36-26-36 inches and wears a bra of size 32C. In addition to her blonde hair, she also has blue eyes.