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By Erin Strecker
Updated April 18, 2014 at 03:19 PM EDT
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Kim Novak
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If you made a mean joke about Kim Novak’s changing face on Oscar night, she wants you to know you really hurt her feelings.

The Vertigo star — whose current appearance became one of the buzzier moments of the Oscar ceremony this year — told the Associated Press that the cruel comments really surprised her. “It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard,” she explained. “I thought, ‘Perhaps Hollywood is ready to receive me in a different way’…I was just not prepared for such a negative reaction and it just caught me off guard.”

On Thursday, Novak wrote an open letter regarding the Oscars, where she explained, “I’m not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face. They seemed far less invasive than a face lift…In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.”

Read the full letter — where she addresses “the elephant in the room” — below:

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