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Kim Novak

Kim Novak

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Born: February 13, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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In December 2001, Novak's home in Oregon was robbed of more than $200,000 worth of firearms and tools. Three men were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal conspiracy.

On working with Alfred Hitchcock: "I found him to be very polite. I didn't think I could ever know him, what he was really thinking, because he was not a person to show a lot of that. I like to know what someone's like. He was always masking who he was." --to the San Francisco Examiner, October 19, 1996.

"I don't feel I was a Hollywood-created star. Harry Cohn did not make me. But I also feel that I probably didn't make me, either. I think it was a combination. I think that's what made it work. ... I've always had a hard time when they say 'this manufactured star.' God, if they knew how much I tried not to be!" --Kim Novak to Tom Shales of The Washington Post, October 14, 1996.

"He always called me 'the dumb, fat Polack.' What a guy." --Kim Novak on Columbia head Harry Cohn, quoted in USA Today, October 1, 1996.

"I kept getting put into things where they just wanted me to stand there and look pretty and 'don't think, for God's sake.' I could tell from fan mail that audiences understood what I was trying to do and that they appreciated me. That was the only thing that kept me coming back." --Kim Novak, quoted in Interview, November 1996.

"Everything I learned about film acting I learned working on films. I had no chance to practice. And because I was there being seen, I was suddenly a star, and it was sort of inhibiting. ... I always had a keen imagination, so I was able to put myself into these roles, and it was always hard for me to leave them behind. I took them all home. It wasn't always a good thing, but I couldn't help it." --Kim Novak, quoted in Interview, November 1996.

According to director Richard Quine, who helmed several of Novak's films, her appeal partly rested in having the "proverbial quality of the lady in the parlor and the whore in the bedroom".

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