Monday, March 03, 2014

Accepting the Seasons

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? If so, did you see Hollywood old-timer Kim Novak and the synthetic wreckage of her face? Holy smackers. Could lines and wrinkles really be any worse?

Kim Novak - 2014 Academy Awards
Note to Kim: There are worse things in life than being 81. In fact, I think it's rather cool to be that age and a Hollywood legend into the bargain. Nobody expects you to look 25 years old anymore. You'd look much better if you left your face alone and let it match your hands--which obviously didn't get the Botox memo and have aged normally.

I used to think that, if I had the money, I might tune up my face. Now, I'm glad to be poor enough to leave well enough alone. Kim Novak, who struggled to move her mouth announcing an award for the film Frozen, is a walking "Don't Let This Happen to You" poster girl for aging naturally.

Kim Novak - c. 1960
It's no secret that show business is often brutal to older women. Add to that harsh reality the fact that Kim Novak was absolutely beautiful when she was a young star. But "to everything there is a season," and few gifts are as fleeting as youthful beauty. Today's young stars will learn that soon enough.

Kim seems like a nice enough lady who probably has a lot of life experience and wisdom to share. At age 81, even in Tinseltown, that should be beauty enough.