“I don’t think I was ever cut out to have a Hollywood life,” said Kim Novak. Certainly she didn’t follow the conventional wisdom; these days she’s best known for Hitchcock and Vertigo, though she didn’t think it was her best performance: that would be Middle of the Night, opposite Fredric March. And the studio system generally, and Columbia head Harry Cohn in particular, treated her with something resembling disdain. Cohn, in fact, came up with “Kit Marlowe” for a stage name for Marilyn Pauline Novak, dismissing her surname as being a “Polack name.”
Cohn, for his part, really hated Hitchcock’s script for Vertigo, but figured it had potential as a prestige item. Novak, who liked the script, decided she wasn’t going to take it at the salary Cohn was paying. (Cohn eventually yielded and gave her a raise.)
Last time I saw her was a 19-episode stint on Falcon Crest (1986-87), playing a woman with a shady past who poses as Peter Stavros’ dead stepdaughter; her real name was, um, Kit Marlowe. Take that, Harry Cohn.
— Kim Novak (@KimNovakActress) March 20, 2017
She may tweet occasionally as @KimNovakActress, but her Web site, KimNovakArtist.com, tells you where her interests lie these days.