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Fire Wrecks Kim Novak’s Mementoes

July 25, 2000

EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) _ Veteran actress Kim Novak watched helplessly as many of her priceless mementoes went up in flames when a fire swept through her one-story wood-frame house.

The Monday fire was apparently electrical, and probably linked to a tree falling across a power line the night before, said Deputy Fire Marshal Phil Cardinal.

The flames destroyed her scripts from the Alfred Hitchcock classic ``Vertigo,″ and ``Picnic,″ as well as the computer on which she had been writing her autobiography. Novak said her dogs, horses, llamas and a family of orphaned geese she had raised were spared.

``I take it personally as a sign my story should not be told,″ Novak said of the book she has been working on for a decade. ``I read signs. Unfortunately, they have to be pretty heavy duty signs for me to recognize them.″

Novak’s husband of 23 years, veterinarian Bob Malloy, said a cottonwood fell across a power line Sunday night, and power company crews restored electricity about midnight.

When the couple woke the next morning, Malloy said he switched a circuit breaker to restore power. The next thing he knew, flames had spread across the back of the house.

Novak, 67, said this loss was easier to take than the destruction of her home in Bel Air, Calif., during a mudslide in the 1960s, which carried off paintings by Picasso and her own work.

``That made me realize what was valuable,″ she said.

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