Film star Kim Novak, who left the limelight after rising to the high of fame in Hollywood, has shared her grief at the passing of her husband of 44 years.
Novak’s husband Robert Malloy died on November 27 at the home they shared in Eagle Point, Oregon. He was 80.
‘May I share just a bit of my grief with you?’ she wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. ‘My soulmate has passed on to greener pastures.’
‘For forty-five years we shared each other’s love and adventures. Now I must learn how to be satisfied with all those incredible, indelible memories!’
Kim Novak, who left the limelight after rising to the high of fame in Hollywood, has shared her grief at the passing of her husband of 44 years, Robert Malloy
In 1958, Novak starred alongside James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Vertigo
Novak shared the news of Malloy’s passing on Facebook on Friday. He died at their home in Oregon on November 27, aged 80
Novak rose to fame as a young starlet in the 1950s, starring in Picnic and The Man With The Golden Arm in 1995.
In 1958, she starred alongside James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Vertigo.
Vertigo received mixed reviews at the time of its release, but has grown to be considered one of the greatest movies of all time.
Novak played the complex role of Judy Barton, and has said the character resonated with her personally, reminding her of her experience as a young girl coming to Hollywood.
‘I really identified with the movie because it was saying, “Please, see who I am. Fall in love with me,”‘ she recalled in a documentary about the film.
Novak is seen with Hitchcock behind the scenes during filming for Vertigo
Actors James Stewart as Det. John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson and Kim Novak as Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘Vertigo’, 1958
Emotionally drained by the Hollywood lifestyle and weary of the harsh glare of the press, Novak withdrew from acting in 1966 and returned to her first love, the visual arts.
‘As a young girl I won two scholarships to the prestigious Chicago Art Institute where I hoped one day to become a great artist,’ she explained in a bio on her artist’s website.
‘At the height of my film career I decided to walk away from Hollywood – not wanting to fall prey to the tragic endings that often result when stars and sex symbols get lost in an identity crisis.’
Novak moved to a cliffside mansion in Big Sur, California and devoted herself to painting and caring for her horses.
She first met Malloy, an equine veterinarian, in 1974, when he made a house call after one of her Arabian mares suffered colic. They married in 1976.
The couple moved to Oregon, where Novak has focused on her painting for decades.
In July 2000, their home burned to the ground, and she lost all of her art, and the only draft of an autobiography she had been working on for years.
In 2010 Novak was diagnosed with breast cancer, but recovered after treatment.
Novak withdrew from acting in 1966 and returned to her first love, the visual arts
Robert Malloy with his wife Kim Novak circa 1970 in New York
Retired actress Kim Novak & veterinarian husband Bob Malloy canoeing with three dogs in river near their Oregon ranch house
Kim Novak and her husband Robert Malloy pose on May 26, 2013 as they arrive for the screening of the film “Zulu” presented Out of Competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival
Over time, as respect for her body of film work has grown, Novak made occasional public appearances, including as guest of honor at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where she introduced the restored version of Vertigo.
‘My first dream has never changed. I feel so grateful for the perspective I gained while experiencing the art of “make believe” in Hollywood, and then returning to my first goal to refine my talent and paint my feeling,’ she wrote in her bio.
‘I’ve lived a long rich life, and the wonders of Nature have allowed my eyes to retain their innocence to experience things for the first time.’