Kim Novak Net Worth

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Kim Novak net worth is
$15 Million

Kim Novak Wiki Biography

Marilyn Pauline Novak was born on 13 February 1933, in Chicago, Illinois USA, of Czech descent. Kim is an actress and visual artist, best known for her acting career that began in the 1950s. She was popular enough to be cast to work with top leading men of the era including Tyrone Power, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas and William Holden. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Kim Novak? As of early-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $15 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. Despite her popularity in the ‘50s, her career went into a decline, and she appeared in projects only sporadically before deciding to retire in 1991. However, all of her achievements ensured the position of her wealth.

Kim Novak Net Worth $15 million

Novak attended Farragut High School, and after matriculatin, went to Wright Junior College. She had two scholarships to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and also started modelling, performing a stint for a refrigerator company at trade shows.

While working as a model for the refrigerator company, they passed by Los Angeles, and she got her first acting opportunity as an extra in “The French Line”. She was then ‘discovered’, and was given a contract to work with Columbia Pictures. Her name was changed to Kim Novak, and the company started to market her as a successor to the 1940s star Rita Hayworth. Her first film was the noir “Pushover”, and was followed by the romantic comedy “Phffft” in which she portrayed the Monroe-type character Janis. The two films became successful and Kim got good reviews for her performances. Her next film would be “5 Against the House” which was only a minor success, but her net worth was well established.

In 1955, she starred in “Picnic” alongside William Holden and Rosalind Russell, which became a huge critical and commercial success, earning Novak a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She was also nominated for a BAFTA Film Award, and the success of the film led to more opportunities for her. She made a guest appearance in the show “What’s My Line” and was then cast in “The Man with the Golden Arm”, in which she played Frank Sinatra’s ex-girlfriend. Her popularity continued to soar, and so did her net worth. The following year, she was cast in “The Eddy Duchin Story”, playing opposite Tyrone Power as his wife Marjorie Oelrichs. The film was another hit, and she would then work on “Jeanne Eagles” which she portrayed the titular silent screen actress with an addiction to heroin.

She continued her streak of high earning films with “Pal Joey”, which was based on the novel and Broadway play. In 1958, she was cast in the Alfred Hitchcock film “Vertigo” – after a long negotiation about salary – enjoying working the role and helping to develop the character she portrayed, however she developed tension with director Hitchcock. The film was received poorly during its initial release but eventually gained a lot of popularity over time, continuing to help Kim’s rise in net worth.

After taking part in a few more projects her career started to slow down, and she took more independent films, however, this didn’t work too well because she would often clash with the scriptwriters. In 1966, she became tired of acting and decided to move away from Hollywood before returning two years later. After acting in “The Legend of Lylah Clare” and “The Great Bank Robbery”, she then took another break, and returned in the 1970s.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s she made sporadic appearances; her last role was in the film “Liebestraum” in which she apparently often clashed with director Mike Figgis. After that experience, she decided to retire from acting, and turned down most offers she received, though she still appeared in events.

For her personal life, it is known that Kim was married to actor Richard Johnson, though their marriage only lasted from 1965 to 1966. She also had an engagement to director Richard Quine, and was known for her numerous relationships afterwards. She subsequently married vet Robert Malloy in 1976. She became fond of raising horses and painting, after leaving Hollywood. Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, but subsequent treatment has been successful. She currently resides on a ranch in Sams Valley, Oregon.

Full NameKim Novak
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 13, 1933
Place Of BirthChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height1.68 m
EducationFarragut Career Academy
SpouseRobert Malloy (m. 1976), Richard Johnson (m. 1965–1966)
ParentsBlanche Novak, Joseph Novak
SiblingsArlene Novak
AwardsGolden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Golden Apple Award for Most Cooperative Actress
NominationsBAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
MoviesVertigo, Bell, Book and Candle, Pal Joey, The Man with the Golden Arm, Kiss Me, Stupid, Picnic, Pushover, Strangers When We Meet, The Eddy Duchin Story, Jeanne Eagels
Boys' Night Out (1962)$500,000 + 20% of the gross
Jeanne Eagels (1957)$13,000
Picnic (1955)$100 a week
1[asked if she'd vote for Donald Trump] Are you kidding? Oh my God, no! I wouldn't vote for that man if you gave me anything.
2[on the death of David Bowie] It has been hard letting go of the life in and of David Bowie - something every part of my being still resists. The night sky seems a little darker without him. He was a beacon of light, a friend, an inspiration.
3[on cruel comments on her appearance at the Oscars in 2014] It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard. For days, I didn't leave the house, and it got to me like it gets kids and teenagers who are attacked. I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives.
4[describing her perfect day] It would include painting, of course, and riding my horse and being with animals. I would be outdoors exploring new territory, experiencing the camaraderie of creatures that know you, that let you in and share their appreciation of life. Then there's more joy in taking all that and expressing it in imagery on canvas. I'm lucky enough to live on a river, where there's always something wonderful and new coming along with the flow. Sure, I have my regrets sometimes, but when I look at life, and the river flowing, I feel nothing but joy in knowing that I've chosen the right path - and I didn't need to cut down any trees to do it.
5I'm an emotional person.
6My husband doesn't identify me as "Kim Novak" at all. I was out of Hollywood when we met. He was my equine veterinarian. He still is. He has no interest in Hollywood, and that is fine with me.
7I feel my life is complete because of my art, my painting. But, by the same token, I think I owed my fans more than I gave them. Perhaps I cheated the people who appreciated me and supported me by not sharing more of myself. But what can I say? I took the path that was before me. I'm not the type to clear the trees to make a path. I'm a tree lover! I guess the sad part for me is that the longer I've been out of the business, the better prepared I am to be an actress. I have been so fully living my life, learning the lessons of life, and growing so much as a person and as an artist, that I would be a much better actress now. But I did what I did. I thought I was doing it the right way.
8I never intended to be an actress. I never dreamed of it, never even thought about it. I became one because I was discovered. It literally just happened, as if by magic. I was still in junior college when I visited a movie studio in Hollywood with a friend - we'd both been in San Francisco on a summer modeling job - and I was asked to do a walk-on in the Jane Russell movie The French Line (1953). Soon after, I was placed under contract at Columbia and given starring roles. So it all seemed like destiny, but then my destiny changed when [Columbia chief] Harry Cohn died and the roles coming to me were no longer good ones. They were silly roles in stupid scripts of no value. Beach movies! Or the same-old-same-old glamour parts that offered little that was interesting in the way of character. I left and went into the real world to paint characters that were far more fascinating and satisfying than the ones I was being asked to play.
9I don't feel I ever reached my potential as an actress. I certainly didn't try to promote myself. I'm not a pushy person so there's always that turmoil for me - do you wait for something to happen or do you make something happen? I've always believed that if something is meant to be, it just works out. Yet I would see other actors fighting for themselves, fighting for the great roles. Which is right? Are you supposed to push the door open or do you wait for an open door? My choice was to move away from Hollywood but I always thought that if a role was really right for me, it would somehow come to me wherever I was.
10[on making Liebestraum (1991), and why she hasn't made another movie since then] I know Mike Figgis thinks I'm a total bitch. That role was fabulous, full of depth, and when I interpreted it the way I thought was evident in the incredible script, he said, 'We're not making a Kim Novak movie, just say the lines.' Usually, I would have just said the words, played it and moved on, but in this case I felt so strongly about the script, I persisted and thought, 'How many more movies and opportunities will there be?' He said, 'If you continue to play the role this way, I'm just going to cut you out of the movie,' and he pretty much did. In this case, I take total responsibility for being unprofessional. He was not only the author, but the director. But he never listened to my point of view. It wiped me out.
11Sometimes I'll catch a movie on TV - something that's beautifully acted and directed - and I'll cry my eyes out thinking, "I wish I'd done that one!" But then it passes. The next day I'll go out in nature and paint a picture and be truly excited.
12[on life after Hollywood] I paint, I ride my horses, I'm very content in my life.
13They'll always remember me in Vertigo (1958), and I'm not that good in it, but I don't blame me because there are a couple of scenes where I was wonderful.
14[on her role in Vertigo (1958)] I don't think it's one of my best works, but to have been part of something that has been accepted makes me feel very good.
15[speaking in 2013, on her life in Hollywood] I was very erratic. I did suffer from mental illness. I didn't know it at the time. At times I was focused. Other times, the press would come on the set and I'd feel the energy of people laughing at me or not approving of my style of acting. You could pick up those feelings. I was distracted. I couldn't perform as well. I was erratic in my performances, I feel.
16[in 1957] I'm not like [Greta Garbo]. I don't ever want to be alone.
17[on strategy] If you want to live on the edge of life, you need to be flexible.
18If you're wanting glamorous or really beautiful or really sexy, well then, I wasn't really the one, but I could do all of that. You could just get really lost in that kind of image.
19My security comes from my senses, my sensing the direction I should go and suddenly I felt out of tune, out of step with what other people wanted or what other people expected of me.
20The thing I loved about Alfred Hitchcock is that he left a lot of open ends there, a lot of clues that didn't really add up the way you think they would, and sometimes, not at all.
21Well, I'm Czech, but Polish, Czech, no matter, it's my name
22Why I loved working with [Alfred Hitchcock] was that he allowed me that creativity and input.
23I was always opinionated.
24I think it will be helpful to people because I know the expectations that are put on you as a sex symbol, and how Marilyn Monroe suffered and so on, and I was able to get free of that.
25I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.
26I live way out in the country, so there's not a lot of people around to remind me. And my friends don't think of me as 'Kim Novak' anymore anyway. It's like they forgot, too. And so it's nice.
27I knew Rita Hayworth only enough to know that she was just a tender, sensitive, beautiful human being. A lovely person. Very gentle. She would never stand up for her rights.
28I had never had a director who was particular about the costumes, the way they were designed, the specific colors.
29I had a lot of resentment for a while toward Kim Novak. But I don't mind her anymore. She's okay. We've become friends. I even asked her before this trip for some beauty tips.
30I don't think you want to give all the answers, but I think every answer you do give should bring up another question, and not all questions should be answered.
31I don't feel that I was a Hollywood-created star.
32I didn't want to start relying on what someone else thought was right. It was easier to go away all together.
33I always felt Jimmy [James Stewart] was trapped in Hollywood. He felt it himself. He loved aviation so much and he wanted to be able to do more of that. He somehow just got stuck here.
34[Alfred Hitchcock], contrary to what I'd heard about him, allowed me very much to have my own interpretation and everything.
35Harry 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.
36For every answer, I like to bring up a question. Maybe I'm related to Alfred Hitchcock or maybe I got to know him too well, but I think life should be that way.
37Storms come down, houses are wiped out, people drown, but every last little palm is there after the storm. Man is always saying, "I will overwhelm". Why can't he bend like the little palms? And rise again. Isn't that better than being washed away?
38The head of publicity of the Hollywood studio where I was first under contract told me, "You're a piece of meat, that's all". It wasn't very nice but I had to take it. When I made my first screen test, the director explained to everyone, "Don't listen to her, just look".
1Was considered for the role of Jean Harlow in the motion picture Harlow (1965) but the role ultimately went to Carroll Baker.
2She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6332 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
3Revealed in a 2012 interview that she is bipolar.
4Publicly claimed that she was raped as a child. [March 2012]
5Was engaged to Richard Quine but they did not marry.
6Diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing cancer treatment. [October 2010]
7When she was a child, she had a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago.
8(1973-1974) Was in a relationship with Michael Brandon.
9Became a step-grandmother in February 2010.
10A Hungarian music band was named after her.
11In 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).
12Was 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.
13Met 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.
14Despite being divorced from him, she remained friends with Richard Johnson until his death in 2015. They were married for only one year.
15Daughter of Joseph A. Novak and Blanche Kral. Her sister, Arlene Malborg, is a fashion designer in Chicago.
161953 Deb Star.
17Ex-stepmother of Sorel Johnson.
18Visited Sammy Davis Jr. in hospital shortly before his death.
19Was the original choice to play Marion Wormer in Animal House (1978).
20In 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.
21She 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.
22Is portrayed by Terri Lynn in Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983)
23In 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.
24As 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).
25For 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.".
26On 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.
27Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#92). [1995]
28Went on a personal strike in 1957 protesting her current salary of $1,250 per week.
29Raises horses and llamas in Oregon and California


Liebestraum1991Lillian Anderson Munnsen
The Children1990Rose Sellars
Falcon Crest1986-1987TV SeriesKit Marlowe
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1985TV SeriesRosa (segment "Man from the South")
Malibu1983TV MovieBillie Farnsworth
The Mirror Crack'd1980Lola Brewster
Just a Gigolo1978Helga von Kaiserling
The White Buffalo1977Mrs. Poker Jenny Schermerhorn
Satan's Triangle1975TV MovieEva
Tales That Witness Madness1973Auriol (segment 4 "Luau")
The Third Girl from the Left1973TV MovieGloria Joyce
The Great Bank Robbery1969Sister Lyda Kebanov - Forger
The Legend of Lylah Clare1968Lylah Clare / Elsa Brinkmann / Elsa Campbell
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders1965Moll Flanders
Kiss Me, Stupid1964Polly the Pistol
Of Human Bondage1964Mildred Rogers
Boys' Night Out1962Cathy
The Notorious Landlady1962Mrs. Carlyle 'Carly' Hardwicke
Pepe1960Kim Novak
Strangers When We Meet1960Margaret 'Maggie' Gault
Middle of the Night1959Betty Preisser
Bell Book and Candle1958Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd
Vertigo1958Madeleine Elster Judy Barton
Pal Joey1957Linda English
Jeanne Eagels1957Jeanne Eagels
The Eddy Duchin Story1956Marjorie Oelrichs
The Man with the Golden Arm1955Molly
Picnic1955Madge Owens
5 Against the House1955Kay Greylek
Son of Sinbad1955Harem Girl (uncredited)
Pushover1954Lona McLane
The French Line1953Model (uncredited)

Costume Department

Boys' Night Out1962costumes: Miss Novak
The Notorious Landlady1962gowns designer: Miss Novak


Pal Joey1957performer: "I Could Write A Book", "My Funny Valentine", "That Terrific Rainbow" - uncredited
Picnic1955performer: "Moonglow" - uncredited


TCM: Twenty Classic Moments2014TV Movie documentary special thanks
Beautiful Darling2010Documentary thanks
The Best of Film Noir1999Video documentary special thanks
Dieter & Andreas1989Short grateful acknowledgment
El curso en que amamos a Kim Novak1980dedicatee


Na plovárne2015TV SeriesHerself
Cinema 31991-2015TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Film
Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Backstage and at Home with Kim Novak2010Video documentary shortHerself
Jenseits von Hollywood - Das Kino des Otto Preminger2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Legenden2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Best of Film Noir1999Video documentaryHerself
The Lady with the Torch1999DocumentaryHerself (voice)
Obsessed with Vertigo1997TV Short documentaryHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream1990TV Movie documentary
Cinéma cinémas1989TV Series documentaryHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing
Hour Magazine1986TV SeriesHerself
Bitte umblättern1981TV Series documentaryHerself
La nuit des Césars1981TV Series documentaryHerself
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Stars in der Manege1976TV Series documentaryHerself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1972TV Series documentaryHerself
Treffpunkt Airport1969TV Series documentaryHerself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Backstage1964TV SeriesHerself
Open House1964TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Program1964TV SeriesHerself (on film)
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Showman1963DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
I've Got a Secret1962TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1955-1960TV Series documentaryHerself
Premier Khrushchev in the USA1959DocumentaryHerself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHerself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Writing Award for Pierre Boulle
The Frank Sinatra Show1957TV SeriesHerself
Lux Video Theatre1954-1957TV SeriesHerself - Intermission Guest
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV SeriesHerself
Cinépanorama1956TV Series documentaryHerself
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHerself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Climax!1956TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1956TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1956TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest #2
Today1956TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Stage Show1955TV SeriesHerself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Light's Diamond Jubilee1954TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself
The 26th Annual Academy Awards1954TV SpecialHerself - Model: Best Costume Design

Archive Footage

Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Talking Pictures2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Welcome to the Basement2014TV SeriesMolly
Stardust Hollywood - Sternenstaub und Götterwelten2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cinema 32013TV SeriesHerself
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers2009TV Movie documentary
Hollywood sul Tevere2009DocumentaryHerself
1 quart de 32008TV SeriesHerself
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHerself
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence2007Herself (segment "47 Ans Après")
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Ciclo Agatha Christie2006TV Series documentaryHerself
4 Vertigo2000ShortMadeleine Elster / Judy Barton
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHerself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras1998TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991DocumentaryMolly (uncredited)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Sans soleil1983DocumentaryHerself / Madeleine Elster / Judy Burton
Notre Dame de la Croisette1981DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryActress 'Vertigo' (uncredited)
I due Kennedy1970DocumentaryHerself
Lionpower from MGM1967Short uncredited
Historia de la frivolidad1967TV MovieActress in censored film (uncredited)
MGM 40th Anniversary1964Short
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)

Won Awards

1997Honorary Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film Festival
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6332 Hollywood Blvd.
1957Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Female
1957Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actress
1957Most Popular Female StarPhotoplay Awards
1955Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemalePhffft (1954)

Nominated Awards

1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star11th place.
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star13th place.
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star6th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star8th place.
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star12th place.
1957BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressPicnic (1955)

3rd Place Awards

1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star

Known for movies

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