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TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak Battles the Bullies

Celebrating Kim Novak’s birthday with a look back at her touching and unforgettable appearance at the 2014 TCM Film Festival… Happy early Valentine’s Day to everyone who’s ever taken on the bad guys!

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Kim Novak came to the TCM Classic Film Festival to introduce Bell Book and Candle—but when she arrived at The Egyptian Theatre on Saturday night, she had much more pressing matters on her mind. “I know you’re all here to enjoy the movie—and I love it, it’s one of my favorites,” she began haltingly, one hand clinging to the mike and the other fluttering slightly around her face. “But I want to talk about the elephant in the room.”

We leaned forward, knowing what was coming—and wishing she’d never been trampled by that marauding elephant. Novak was referring to the hate heaped upon her after her Oscar appearance, when virtual torch-wielding mobs attacked her from one end of the internet to the other, both for her looks and her slightly shaky delivery. She said she wanted to stand up to those who had bullied her—and she urged the rest…

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1 Comment

  1. Such a lovely post! How lucky that you were able to speak with her! I am so jealous of everyone who has attended a TCMFF and it sounds like this was a very special one!

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