Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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"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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