Patricia Neal reported dead

Patricia Neal reported dead

Patricia Neal was an actress who exuded a…natural nobility on screen.  She wasn’t haughty, but she wasn’t relaxed.  There was a certain fragility to her: as if her will was stronger than her body.

In the classic movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, her character Helen Benson is, in a sense, tasked with proving that humanity is worth something.  It isn’t that she needs to have done something extraordinary, or fight a dragon, or anything.  She needs to show that humans are good…and few actors could do that without it feeling hokey.

She suffered a debilitating stroke, and yet didn’t seem defeated.  She did appear in some other genre works, notably a Kung Fu two-part episode. 

While she was nominated for an Oscar for The Subject Was Roses, she won for Hud…two mainstream roles.

For geeks, though, she will always be a reason to hope that aliens might accept our flawed species.

Klaatu barada nikto…

Patricia Neal at IMDb

L.A. Times obituary

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

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