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That's great, Congressman. Now all we have to do is get all the OTHER mandates in Obamacare deep-sixed. How about repeal?


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Kim Novak

By Dennis Powers

Born in 1933, Marilyn Pauline Novak’s father was a Chicago railroad dispatcher and her parents were of Czech descent. As she grew up, she wanted an art career and won a scholarship to the Chicago Art Institute. Kim Novak’s curvy figure, low voice, and natural beauty, however, led into work as a teen fashion model and a later national tour in 1953 promoting refrigerators as “Miss Deepfreeze.” She came into films by accident. Kim was visiting a movie studio in Hollywood with a friend after being in San Francisco on a modeling job. She was asked to do a walk-on as a model in the Jane Russell movie, “The French Line.” Columbia soon put her under contract.

When domineering Columbia head Harry Cohn demanded that she change her name to “Kit Marlowe,” she refused, saying that this was not a real person; she only compromised by changing her first name to “Kim”. Her film debut was in “Pushover” in 1954 for which she received good performance reviews. In six years, she made fourteen films, including starring roles the following year. Novak’s signature films of “Picnic” (1955), “Pal Joey” (1957), “Bell, Book and Candle” (1958), and “Vertigo” (1958)--her most famous film--were made during this time. With her meteoric rise to stardom, she was on the front cover of magazines such as Time and one of Hollywood’s top box office stars in the late fifties and early sixties.

After playing the title role in the 1965 film, “The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders,” Novak left Hollywood to take time off. She didn’t like the system, its underpayment of actors (especially actresses), and wanted time to herself. She would return to perform in other films, including for television, but the time between the roles grew longer. Hollywood’s demands were getting in the way of her personal life.

She married Robert Malloy in 1976, an equine veterinarian who had been treating her animals, and they built a log home along the Williamson River near Chiloguin, which flows into Upper Klamath Lake. Kim’s ties to Oregon dated back to her father’s family, the Novaks, who settled in Scappoose, now a Portland bedroom community. They came from Czechoslovakia and settled there; her grandfather had been a logger. Even after her father moved to Chicago to take the railroad job, her parents and Kim headed back to Portland every year for a family reunion.  

Her love of painting (oils, pastels, and watercolors), riding her horse, being outdoors, and living beside a river became her life. After using the Williamson River home as a weekend retreat, she and her husband eventually moved there fulltime to enjoy the outdoors of canoeing, hiking, and skiing. They came to the Rogue Valley in 1997 and settled along the Rogue River in what had once been a hunting and fishing lodge. When it burned down in 2000, this also destroyed many of her souvenirs of the Hollywood days, including an autobiography that she had been writing. Although a new home was built to their specifications and design, the irreplaceable memorabilia couldn’t be replaced. She took this as a sign that “it wasn’t supposed to be” and moved on.

A few years ago, the couple found themselves in a dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) over their property. When two large trees pulled away by the roots and plunged into the Rogue River, the ensuing bank began to erode, a common problem on the river. To save the bank, the couple supported it with large rocks along a 345-foot stretch of frontage. Unfortunately, they didn’t obtain different permits. Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was agreeable to giving an after-the-fact permit, complications arose on the design approval for a new “rip-rap” wall due to all of the involved agencies.

This didn’t deter, of course, from their enjoyment of the Rogue River and Southern Oregon. Her lifelong passion for art carries on, as she continues to work with other artists, including painting a poster in 2010 for Jacksonville’s Britt Music Festival. Although her films are classics, Kim Novak saw her acting career years ago as being a detour from living “life a lot.” And that she has done.

Sources: Kristi Turnquist, “Interview with actress Kim Novak, who lives in Oregon and is revisiting her cinematic past,” The Oregonian, July 31, 2010, at Kim Novak’s Story (With Images); Michael Logan, “Reclusive Film Legend Kim Novak Opens Up About Life, Regrets, and Her TCM Tribute,” TV Guide, March 5, 2013, at Interview (With Image); Edwin Battistella, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Kim Novak,” at Kim Novak Background; Damian Mann, “Actor, Husband Resolve River Permit Issue,” Mail Tribune, Sept. 1, 2009, at Rogue River problem.

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