Retired actress Kim Novak has broken her silence over the mean comments people made about her face after watching her onstage at the 2014 Oscars more than a month ago.
The 81-year-old, known for roles in movies such as the 1958 films "Bell Book and Candle " and Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," posted a letter titled "Kim Novak speaks out about Oscar bullying" on her Facebook page on Thursday, April 17. She also said in an interview with the Associated Press that she didn't leave her house for days after reading what people wrote.
In her letter, Novak named Donald Trump, who was among the scores of Twitter users who implied she had had plastic surgery that made her look unflattering. He had said in a tweet that she "should sue her plastic surgeon."
"I'm not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face," the actress wrote. "They seemed far less invasive than a face-lift. It was done in 2012 for the TCM interview special. In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better."
Novak had talked to OTRC.com while walking the red carpet at the Oscars and said she was excited to present and award with Matthew McConaughey on stage (watch videos, above). He won his first Oscar that day -- for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club." Novak is not an Oscar winner herself but has starred in more than 30 movies. In 2013, she was honored at the Cannes Film Festival in France for her film work.
"When I was honored at the Cannes Film Festival last year, I received an overwhelming standing ovation. Yet, in Hollywood, after the Oscars, I was bullied by the press and the public on the Internet and TV," she said in her letter. "The only difference that night was that I had taken a pill to relax -- that I shouldn't have taken. I had been fasting for three days and it affected my behavior. I regret taking it."
Kim Novak: "For days, I didn't leave the house"
Novak, who retired from acting in the early 1990s and lives in Oregon, told the Associated Press that the comments hit her hard.
"For days, I didn't leave the house," she said. "It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers."
Novak said in her letter she will no longer hold herself back from "speaking out against bullies."
"We can't let people get away with affecting our lives," she said. "We need to stand up to them in a healthy way by speaking out, working out and acting out. I am speaking out now because I don't want to harbor unhealthy feelings inside me anymore."
According to the Associated Press, Novak decided to talk about the issue because she had made a commitment to make another public appearance in Hollywood -- at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, which took place earlier this month. At the event, she showcased "Vertigo" painting she had made. Novak told OTRC.com she's "an artist now," adding: "I really am not involved in movies." (Check out her artwork at kimnovakartist.com.)
At the TCM Classic Film Festival, she also talked about the mean comments made about her appearance at the Oscars.
"When I got home, I just wanted to hide under the bedcovers. But I knew I had a comittement to come here," she said on stage at a screening of "Bell, Book And Candle." "But still, it took a lot of courage to come back. But I realize, it was important for me to address it and I told my husband, I said, 'I'm going to talk about it because I've got to make a point that we've got to stand up to these bullies.' We have to be stronger than they are and say, 'We're not gonna take it anymore!'"
Check out Kim Novak's full letter, Donald Trump's tweet and a video of her speaking at the TCM Classic Film Festival below.