Marilyn Pauline "Kim" Novak (born February 13, 1933) is a retired American
film and television actress, currently engaged as a visual artist.
She began her film career in 1954 after signing with Columbia Pictures.
There, she became a successful actress, starring in a string of movies, among them the critically acclaimed Picnic (1955).
She later starred in such popular successes as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Pal Joey (1957).
However, she is perhaps best known today for her performance as Judy Barton
in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Vertigo (1958) with James Stewart.
Novak was popular in box office popularity polls, and she starred opposite several top leading men of the era,
including Fred MacMurray, William Holden, Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Kirk Douglas and Laurence Harvey.