1933 – She was born on the 13th day of February this year in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After graduating from high school, she began her career modeling teen fashions for a local department store. She later received a scholarship at a modeling school and continued to model part time. She also worked as an elevator operator, a sales clerk, and a dental assistant.
1954 – She took acting lessons, which she had to pay for herself, then debuted as Lona McLane in Pushover this year opposite Fred MacMurray and Philip Carey.
1955 – After playing Madge Owens in Picnic in this year opposite William Holden, Novak won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer and for World Film Favorite. She was also nominated for the British BAFTA Film Award for Best Foreign Actress.
1958 – She is perhaps best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”.
1964 – This year, she played the vulgar waitress Mildred Rogers in a remake of Somerset Maugham’s drama Of Human Bondage opposite Laurence Harvey and Robert Morley, and received good reviews. She also showed a cunning sense of humor in Billy Wilder’s cult classic “Kiss Me, Stupid.”
1965 – After playing the title role in The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders in this year opposite Richard Johnson and Angela Lansbury, with George Sanders and Lilli Palmer, Novak took a break from acting, seeing as little of Hollywood as possible. She also married English actor Richard Johnson this year.
1966 – She divorced Johnson on the 23rd day of April this year.
1968 – Novak made a comeback in a dual role as a young actress, Elsa Brinkmann, and an early-day movie goddess who was murdered, Lylah Clare, in producer-director Robert Aldrich’s The Legend of Lylah Clare this year opposite Oscar winners Peter Finch and Ernest Borgnine for MGM. It failed miserably.
1973 – She has also made occasional appearances on TV over the years. She starred as aging showgirl Gloria Joyce in the made-for-TV movie “The Third Girl From the Left” in this year, played Eve in Satan’s Triangle in 1975; the role as Billie Farnsworth in Malibu in 1983; the role as Rosa in a revival of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1985.
1976 – She married Dr. Robert Malloy on the 12th day of March this year.
1986 – She also joined the cast of the series Falcon Crest in the role of Kit Marlowe during the 1986-1987 seasons.
1991 – Her last appearance on the big screen was as Lillian Anderson Munnsen in the mystery/thriller “Liebestraum” for MGM, however her scenes were cut from the movie due to her battles with the director over how to play the role. Novak later admitted that she had been "unprofessional" in her conduct with director Mike Figgis, as recounted by gossip columnist Liz Smith.