A former model originally plucked from obscurity to succeed Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak enraptured audiences of the 1950s and early 60s with her cold demeanor and burning sensuality. Novak quickly outgrew roles as eye candy, cutting her dramatic chops early and earning herself a Golden Globe nomination for “Most Promising Newcomer” less than a year after being discovered. Not long after, Novak would land the part of a lifetime opposite Jimmy Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo playing the dual personas of Judy and Madeleine. Although Novak went on to star in several comedies and melodramas over the next decade, and despite a well-regarded reputation in Hollywood, she found her performance in Vertigo hard to top and took a hiatus from acting by the end of the 1960s. Aside from the occasional appearance in TV and film over the next twenty years, her absence from public life has elevated Novak’s stardom to that of a living legend.