Title: Kim Novak Collection

Collection Number: 0024

Span Dates: 1954 – 1973

Bulk Dates: 1954 – 1964

Creator: Kim Novak

Extent: 75 Reels


Subject(s): Kim Novak , American Actresses , Hollywood , Vertigo , Columbia Pictures , Home Movies , Trailers , Documentaries , Television specials , 1950s
Notes: American film and television actress Kim Novak was born Marilyn Pauline Novak in 1933. She began her career by signing with Columbia pictures in 1954. While at Columbia, Novak made several successful pictures including Picnic (1955), for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), alongside Frank Sinatra. Probably Novak’s best-known role is that of Judy Baron in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). Novak’s career declined in the early 1960s, prompting her to leave Hollywood in 1966. Since then, Novak has worked sporadically on smaller films and TV movies. In the late 1980s she starred as Kit Marlowe on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest. Novak still makes rare public appearances and has collected several honors and accolades for her contributions to the film industry. In 1997 she received an Honorary Golden Bear Award at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival for lifetime achievement and in 2003 she was presented with the Eastman Kodak Archives Award.

The Kim Novak Personal Film Collection consists of 75 reels including feature films starring Novak, television specials, trailers, elements of an unfinished documentary focused on Novak titled This is Kim, personal home movies, and more. Film titles in the collection are: Phffft (1954), Pushover (1954), 5 Against the House (1955), Jeanne Eagles (1957), Pal Joey (1957), Strangers When We Meet (1960), Boys’ Night Out (1962), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), Of Human Bondage (1964), Third Girl From the Left (1973). Kim Novak’s personal home movies depict a trip she took to Europe with her parents in 1959.

Citation: Kim Novak Collection, Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

Location: USC Hefner Archive

Access: Available by appointment or some digital access for a fee.