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"I think I remember the film, and as I recall, I think we both kinda liked it." - Mark's Journal
"I think I remember the film, and as I recall, I think we both kinda liked it."
This morning's news that Patricia Neal died yesterday was one of those "Oh, was she still alive?" moments. She'd been largely out of sight the last couple of decades, with a very few small roles. But her early career was exactly the opposite. After appearing opposite Ronald Reagan in 1949's "John Loves Mary," she went on to star in lots of films you've heard of or seen but don't think about that much, like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Her Best Actress Oscar came from her role with Paul Newman in "Hud."

A year later, Patricia Neal had to reinvent herself after suffering three strokes. She taught herself how to walk and talk again. You can see the lingering effects in my favorite of her roles, as Olivia Walton in "The Homecoming," the wooded mountain Christmas tale that became the pilot for "The Waltons." (She didn't get the role for the CBS TV series.)

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queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: August 9th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
That's an amazing picture of her.

I love stories of those who fight back to regain their lives again. Like Monet who continued creating even after he started to lose his eyesight.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: August 9th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed her best in the film " In Harm's Way " with John Wayne and a cast of thousands. Great WW2 battleship movie !
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: August 10th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Olivia Walton was the first of Ms. Neal's roles I saw her in. She would have been 45 or 46. Michael Learned, I think, was about five years younger than Ms. Neal, though (IMO) had a more TV friendly visage, similar to Karen Grassle on Little House on the Prairie later.
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