|Kim Novak, 1960
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Silver screen beauty Kim Novak has been diagnosed with breast cancer. "It was caught early by a routine yearly mammogram and is undergoing treatment," said her manager Sue Cameron. "All her doctors say she is in fantastic physical shape and should recover very well." Her treatment is expected to be minimal, suggesting she needs a lumpectomy and radiation - possibly brachytherapy.
Kim Novak is remembered for her role in "Vertigo" with James Stewart and "Pal Joey" with Frank Sinatra. Married since 1976 to Dr. Robert Malloy, a veterinarian, Novak keeps fit with daily horse rides on their Oregon ranch. In addition, she works out with a personal trainer at least three times a week.
Novak grew up in Chicago, had a modeling career, and did a small bit part in a movie in 1954. She took acting lessons, got a contract with Columbia pictures, and was in line to become the competition for Marilyn Monroe. Blonde, green-eyed, and with a perfect 1950's hourglass silhouette, Novak was cast as a tough, sometimes cold woman who confused and controlled men with her beauty and brains. She enjoys photography, and is an accomplished artist. Novak has come a long way from the girl that Columbia studio head Harry Cohn called, "... the dumb, fat Polack."
Kim Novak is expected to make a full recovery in short time, and return to life on her ranch.