Kim Novak Has Beat Bigger Battles Than Binary Brats

    March 3, 2014
    Ashley Olds
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Kim Novak doesn’t have to explain herself.

However, amidst the tumult of tweeters (so very brave behind the anonymity of their hateful 140 characters), she addressed the oh-so-obvious derisive diction slung her way following the Hollywood award show. Actually, she addressed it a while ago, smart guys. This is old news. When Kim shared her experience with plastic surgery before, she admitted she was self-conscious about the results.

What she also admitted (which is of more meaning than “mugs-after-plastic-surgery” snaps and something with which most of us can identify) is that she trusted the advice of a doctor (in her case, a plastic surgeon). Then she was severely let down by that doctor in a way she can’t hide easily now.

“I didn’t want to do anything major,” she recalled.

But when the surgeon suggested fat injections to add “fullness” to her face, she complied. “That was absolutely crazy when I think about it now. You spend all your time trying to get rid of fat. I love the hollow kind of cheekbone look,” Novak said, adding:

“So why did I do it? I trusted somebody doing what I thought they knew how to do best. I should have known better, but what do you do? We do some stupid things in our lives. I mean you pay to look worse? You pay money for that?”

Preach, girl!

Novak, who is 81 years ol- Wait, wait, wait. Does it matter how old she is? Really? I mean, can we just agree she’s in her golden years now? That she’s had a fulfilling career and life? And that reaching life’s twilight could have been curtailed inasmuch as she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago?

Listen, loves, we’ll reach that age too, (insert higher-power-of-your-choice-here) willing. Some, however, will still be ensconced in the obscure misery from which they never emerged, amplified by the painful symptoms of Car-Apple Tunnel Syndrome (that’s wrist arthritis from decades of iphone abuse –a term constructed for the use of this article).

Hopefully life-long struggles with bipolar disorder like Kim has, won’t be among your old-age infirmities.

Novak, who has gone through manic depression since childhood, did what glamazon-gangsters of the Hitchcockian blonde genre do: she turned the horrible into the hypnotic with her artistic talents. Drawing on the painting prowess she never got to cultivate at college and an identification with disease sufferers, she held an art show in San Francisco in attempt to raise funds for those afflicted with mental health issues.

“Through the use of symbolism I have found a way to vent life’s frustrations and experience the freedom of self-expression. This is the ultimate reward that comes to the visual artist,” she explained while discussing her 2012 exhibit called “Life Is But A Dream”.

Indeed, life is but a dream – which makes the Hollywood pantheon a mere dream within a dream.

It’s easy to poke fun at celebrities – but that whole arena isn’t real. They seem easy targets because of their pedestal-elevated stature (through no fault of their own) and armies of aestheticians (to maintain the facade). They air with a seemingly superior air between commercials reinforcing the same story you’ve always heard: “you aren’t good enough, so buy this thing.” Then, when these screen-gods need rehab or get old or show up to hot yoga in sweats with messy hair (’cause, ya know, they’re human), we get to punt that pedestal out from under them like Anchorman’s Baxter off a bridge. Depraved when you break it down, no?

Hold on. Let’s pause and take a head count:

Is anyone “Frozen” in their mental-tracks yet – realizing they’ve been bashing a self-conscious, bipolar suffering, octogenarian cancer survivor using her art skills to raise money for mental illness?

Oh. Okay. Just checking.

Movies are great escapes and the actors deserve a high-five for their hard work – just like you do when your boss takes you aside for a pat on the back (and hopefully a raise). If they’re talented and stir some happy feeling in your tummy organ when you watch them perform, they totally warrant recognition for their work. What they don’t deserve is deified adulation for pretending to be other people (generally fictional ones) in a jubilee night of awards. Their craft’s no more important than yours (unless you’re paid to spread ugliness – then anyone’s job is more important than yours).

Listen, it’s not your fault if you’ve been sucked into the false sense of fulfillment that cruelty fleetingly brings. So don’t beat yourself up if you realize you’re a victim of viral misery. As products of a social narrative applauding a facade, we can totally change it.

Just take back your power by pressing the remote’s “power” button.

Don’t suffer in silence with manic depression. Reach out for help: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

Image via Youtube

  • RU4Sure

    Kim Novak was one of the most beautiful, most sensual women ever to appear on the screen in the history of Hollywood. And she starred in many wonderful, memorable movies… like Picnic and Vertigo. She deserved a standing ovation last nite, not the snide, stupid remarks she is getting today !!!!

  • Pookie

    This issue here is not Kim Novak’s looks.
    The real issue here is how incredibly mean spirited and hostile it is to make verbal attacks on an 81 year old.

  • Sara James

    She’s 200 years old give the old lady a break!

  • Betty Webb

    Excellent article. Novak is a valiant woman deserving not only of our sympathy for what that “doctor” did to her, but our admiration as well. Few of us have accomplished as much with our lives as she has.

  • Ed Lorusso

    Kim Novak is one of the last icons on 50s Hollywood. She gave superb performances in VERTIGO and PICNIC and starred in at least another dozen classics of the 50s and 60s. Her introduction last night was pitiful. They had a real-life movie star and introduced her like she was part of the parade of nobodies skipping across the stage. Novak is a survivor. Novak is a classy actress and star. We don’t have many left.

    • CDutreaux

      Oh come on. Classy actresses grow old with grace. Like so many of the greats gone by . But the question here is why after a bad face job one wouldn’t do something to help make it better. After all Kim Novak is the same age as the Oscars are. And Goodie Hawn was another one last night who should think of suing her doctor. Had I not been told it was Goodie on stage I never would have guessed it. What was she thinking? Maybe trying to look like her daughter. Come on ladies, grow up old gracefully.

      • Horsewoman

        Who the F is “Goodie” Hawn? If you’re going to make libelous comments about people, at least know their names. Fool.

  • Aubs

    Why oh why can they not grow old with dignity?

    • Horsewoman

      As is the topic of this article: none of your damn business, troll.

  • Lysandra

    Why did you take Bale’s quote out of context like that? She was saying the same thing you are. The context of her quote was that, with the cruelty that Novak is facing, it makes sense that she’d rather associate with animals than people, since people behave worse than animals. Did you read her article? http://selfstyledsiren.blogspot.com/2014/03/lets-talk-about-kim-novak.html

    • Author

      Thanks for reading, Lysandra. Yes, I did read. It’s not out of context; it’s fully embedded with a link. It is meant as a supportive addition.
      Have a beautiful day!

  • Pat Garlinghouse

    Aside from that hideous “face lift,” what in the world is wrong with her voice??