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Actress Kim Novak undergoing breast cancer treatment

October 19, 2010 |  5:54 pm

Kim-novak-vertigo Actress Kim Novak has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing treatment, her manager told the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.

The 77-year-old's condition was detected during a regular mammogram, manager Sue Cameron said. "All her doctors say she is in fantastic physical shape and should recover very well."

Novak's name is synonymous with "Vertigo," the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic costarring Jimmy Stewart, and her vibe is echoed currently in characters like Cara Buono's Dr. Faye Miller on "Mad Men." She appeared most recently in "The Children" in 1990 with Ben Kingsley and had a recurring role on the nighttime soap "Falcon Crest" in 1986-87.

The "Picnic" star, who now raises llamas with her husband in Oregon, made a rare Hollywood appearance in July to launch a DVD collection of her work.

Coincidentally, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

— Christie D'Zurilla

[For the record, 6:51 p.m.: An earlier version of this article referred to Sue Cameron as Kim Novak's agent. She is Novak's manager.]

Photo: Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in the 1958 film "Vertigo." Credit: Associated Press.

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