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Kim Novak, 81, mocked over plastic surgery: Battled cancer and bipolar disorder

Kim Novak was slammed for having plastic surgery while she was presenting the Academy Award for best animated feature to Disney's Frozen on March 2.

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Kim Novak slammed for plastic surgery: Has battled bipolar disorder and cancer
Kim Novak slammed for plastic surgery: Has battled bipolar disorder and cancer
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"Kim Novak announced 'Frozen' while her face was Frozen," one person wrote on Twitter. Another chimed in, "Kim Novak was just safely transported back to the Hollywood Wax Museum."

Novak, 81, who starred in "Vertigo," "Pal Joey," and "Picnic," did appear puffy in her face, but no more than most Hollywood celebrities do. The snarky Twitter jabs seemed disrespectful given her age and her past as a survivor of breast cancer and bipolar disorder.

"I'm bipolar, but there's medicine you can take for this now," Novak told the LA Times in 2012. "I was not diagnosed until much later. I go through more of the depression than the mania part."

Since retiring from film work in 1965, Novak has led a quiet life in Oregon with her veterinarian husband Robert Malloy, painting and tending to her menagerie of animals.

"I left Hollywood and the life of a movie star to make a path for my artistic desires without the handicap of false expectations," she said.

Meanwhile, actress Rose McGowan lashed out at the Academy Award audience for failing to give Novak a standing ovation.

She tweeted: "Kim Novak! No standing ovation?! Self-obsessed and disrespectful, that sums up the Oscar audience. Disgusted by the uneducated twits. Gross." McGowan later deleted the tweet.