Kim Novak is 86 today. And I discovered something about her I didn’t know. She is a painter and has been all her life.

Kim studied art, winning a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago, and she intended to be an artist till Hollywood beckoned.

After many years out of the limelight, Kim started accepting interviews and attending screenings of her films.

She explained that she painted throughout her life – it was therapy for her in Hollywood. Her art work is impressionistic, surrealist. She paints in oils, watercolour and pastel.

I had never seen any of her paintings before until I found her own website – http://kimnovakartist.com

Kim doesn’t sell her original paintings but does sell limited edition prints which are numbered and signed by her.

Her work has been exhibited in the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio , in San Francisco and in Prague.


Kim in her studio.


Vertigo/Vortex of Delusion



Mountain Man



Kim and her husband of 42 years, Robert Malloy, a retired equine veterinary doctor. They live in Oregon.


With Alfred Hitchcock.  VERTIGO

Her most famous film and best role as Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton.


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  1. Vienna, Kim Novak has been one of my favorite actresses ever since I first saw her in VERTIGO(1958) on NBC SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES in 1965. I’m so glad that she is still with us to see the amount of recognition that VERTIGO has finally received. She is happy about this, but in an interview she said that, “The only thing I feel bad about is that Jimmy and Hitch aren’t here to acknowledge it and feel the pride of it. And I wish that composer Bernard Herrmann was here. It was a brilliant movie, but it’s a shame that it never got its recognition in its time.”

    Kim is a wonderfully talented artist and I wish her well.

  2. Kim managed to have a life outside Hollywood. Even at the height of her fame, she lived 300 miles from Los Angeles, in Big Sur.
    One film I want to see is Middle of The Night.
    It would have been memorable if she and James Stewart and Hitchcock had made an appearance together once Vertigo had been acknowledged as a classic.

    • Vienna, there are three really good performances in the May/December romance MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT(1959). Frederic March, Kim Novak, and Lee Grant are top notch, with a really good script from Paddy Chayefsky. Enjoy.

      James Stewart did live to see VERTIGO’s re-evaluation in the so-called critics eyes(finally catching up with the fans). On September 20, 1989 VERTIGO was one of the first 25 selected in accordance with the National Film Preservation Act passed by Congress. The Library of Congress issued a list of 25 American films that would be placed on the National Film Registry as ”culturally, historically or esthetically significant.

      VERTIGO has stood the test of time and I agree that it would have been memorable if Alfred Hitchcock, Kim Novak, and James Stewart could have made an appearance at the 1996 premiere of the restored VERTIGO,

  3. Will look forward to Middle of the Night.
    I wonder if Hitchcock was pressured to soften that dramatic and tragic ending. It’s so downbeat and you leave the cinema feeling you’ve been through the ringer!

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