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Kim Novak takes on her critics: “I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies”

When I snapped this photo of Kim Novak and Tippi Hedren last week at the TCM Classic Film Festival, I thought how good they both looked in very different ways.

Tippi, 84, has aged gracefully and looks terrific. Kim, 81, has battled the aging process differently and she’s caught plenty of snark for it – especially after her appearance at last month’s Academy Awards.

Well, the movie legend is speaking out against the haters in an open letter: “I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can’t let people get away with affecting our lives.”

“I’m not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face. They seemed far less invasive than a face lift,” Novak added. “In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.”

Novak said in an interview that the Oscar backlash “really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard” and she did not leave the house for days.

‘ … It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers’ who are attacked, she said.

“I realized that I had to stand up not only for myself but for other people that don’t have the courage to do so,” Novak added. “I feel like I have a mission.”

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4 Remarks

  1. I thought at the time of the awards that too much was being said about Miss Novak’s face. I can imagine the pressure would be great for a person who was known primarily for their looks to be back in the public eyes after thirty or fourty years. Its a shame that she wasn’t received with the love and respect that she deserved. Some don’t deal with aging as well as Miss. Hedren.I wish that Melanie Griffith had inherited her mothers confidence.

  2. Kim Novak is a treasure-a gift to the 20th century and to the present. As a portrait painter, I would cherish having the opportunity to paint her just as she is – magnificent. Thank you.

  3. April 20th, 2014 at 5:17 pm
    Jim Steele says:

    Miss Novak’s plastic surgeon did a poor job with the fat injections and Miss Novak made a mistake in having the work done. She is a public figure, despite her long absence from the motion picture industry. She is not a victim of bullying or anything else, except poor judgement on her part and the poor work of her plastic surgeon.

    She just needs to own it, move on and find a better plastic surgeon. No sympathy is warranted.

  4. It’s unfortunate when work on one’s face doesn’t work to the desired end, you end up with just that…a look that is undesired. Wonder what sort of plan they had for Miss Novak. The person who worked on my face always said slowly but surely and you are more likely to get what you want.

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