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Monday, August 09, 2010

PATRICIA NEAL, 1926-2010

Actress Patricia Neal passed away today.

She's one of those actresses that you think you don't know, but there's a good chance you've seen her. Neal was the gal you went to when you needed classy and tough. She was just as comfortable playing a socialite as she was a ranch hand, and she exuded strength in either scenario. She was the woman who paid George Peppard's way in Breakfast at Tiffany's and the one who discovered Andy Griffith in A Face in the Crowd.

But if you're going to find one movie today to watch a Patricia Neal performance, I'd go with Hud. She stars opposite Paul Newman as the woman who has long since passed the age where she will be loved the right way, and who is smart enough to know better.

The L.A. Times has a full obituary.

1 comment:

sarah burgess said...

oh man whatta weird coincidence,i watched breakfast at tiffanies this morning and was thinking was a fabulous woman she was- although her character is quite snooty i was tthinking how overlooked her character is and how beautiful she was ='I early 60's fashion rocks my rocks along with the attitude man.. i will look out for 'a face in the crowd' and definately 'Hud' then =)