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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Patricia Neal: R.I.P.

Very sad news this morning: Patricia Neal, best known for her roles in “Hud” (for which she won an Oscar), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Fountainhead” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” died yesterday of cancer, at her home in Martha’s Vineyard. She was 84. I had the very great pleasure of attending the Port Townsend Film Festival in 2002, where Neal was the special guest, and hearing her interviewed onstage after a screening of “Hud.” In her inimitable voice, in which you could still hear traces of her Kentucky roots, she told a rapt audience that Paul Newman was indeed drinking real beer in the movie, and that — then 76 — she’d love to have more offers of film work. She spoke about her life: her long marriage to author Roald Dahl, her children, her inspirational recovery from a series of strokes in the 1960s. (In Port Townsend, she made time to visit local patients recovering from strokes.) Wanting to know more about her, I went home and bought her autobiography, “As I Am”; one of those books that makes you feel as if you knew the author. I imagine that she was the type of person who had that effect on everyone who encountered her — that you instantly felt close to her. Though her life was filled with tragedy — not just her own long illness and rehabilitation, but her 7-year-old daughter’s death and her infant son’s near-death — she seemed to be immersed in hope. Her family, in a statement, reported that the night before her death, she said of her life, “I’ve had a lovely time.”

Neal, in “Hud,” the film a roomful of us watched with her in Port Townsend a few years ago. (Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures)

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