Skip to comments.Oscar-winner actress Patricia Neal dies at age 84
Posted on 08/08/2010 9:08:41 PM PDT by PROCON
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She was an amazing woman. I admire her strength. May she rest in peace. Prayers for her loved ones.
Patricia Neal played John-Boy Walton’s mom in the Waltons pilot movie “The Homecoming”. Yes, Richard Thomas was John-Boy.
May God hold her in the palm of His hand.
I loved her as an actress-—Jeeze, I hope she wasn’t a liberal. I remember her in “The Fountainhead”. (there aren’t many more actresses and actors I can stand finding out are liberal.....I boycott them when I find out they are enemies of this country while being the recipients of its benefits!)
Mark my words, hollywood will do a remake of it soon and probably re-write it and star an imbecile in it.
“In Harm’s Way” as Lt. Maggie Haynes with John Wayne... good movie.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
One of the best classic science fictions!!
“I remember her fondly.”
As do I. I remember most her valiant fight against paralysis from her first and major stroke. That was one gutsy woman. May G-D receive her into glory.
She played in mother again in the surprisingly good made-for-TV All Quiet On The Western Front -- the one with Ernest Borgnine as Kat.
“Klaatu barada nikto!”
Here's a quote from her IMDB bio:
"In 1949, we stayed with one of my friends who had a book in which people were asked to write down their secret ambitions. Ronald Reagan wrote he'd like to be president. All those years ago!".However, in 1949, Reagan was still a flaming Democrat.
There’s no limit to what he can do. He could destroy the earth... If anything should happen to me you must go to Gort, you must say these words, “Klaatu barada nikto”, please repeat that.
It is interesting that you mentioned this. I have this on DVD and it is one of my fav. Christmas movies. Patricia Neal played Mrs Walton perfectly. An Emmy quality performance. I will always remember her for this role. A great actress. Prayers to her family and friends.
she wasn’t a raving beauty but boy she did have sex appeal.. the voice and the look in some of her scenes.. wow
She was one of my favorite actresses!
Neal was fantastic in “A Face in the Crowd”, with Andy Griffith and Walter Matthau.
If anything should happen to me you must go to Gort, you must say these words, Klaatu barada nikto
I wonder if that would work on Obama? :-)
Please do, the special effects are corny by today's standards, but an enjoyable movie and a classic!
Too many movies to remember. Lovely woman.
There, fixed it!
“I loved her as an actress-Jeeze, I hope she wasnt a liberal”
Dunno, but the married Neal was impregnated by a married Gary Cooper a supposedly devout Catholic. He was able to convince her to abort the child for the sake of their careers.
I was doing a little reading on Dahl a few weeks ago and saw this. I was surprised for some reason.
Yep, that’s actually the first one that came to my mind.
And re: your signature:
Beaks?! Flies with beaks?!
Geez, silly me, I thought she´d died a long time ago.
RIP Patricia Neal.
In Harms Way as Lt. Maggie Haynes with John Wayne... good movie.
You beat me to it. Great chemistry between the two. Great movie.
“Maggie say hello to the Rock for me. Rest in Peace Ms Neal”
David Butler, Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal
John Loves Mary (1948)
RIP Patricia, You were one of the great ones.
She had a unique American kind of beauty. There was strength in it and quality. Despite strokes and lung cancer she stayed with us for 84 years. RIP.
You’re welcome. I really like that photo.
She regreted this abortion and along with actress Jennifer O’Neil have spoken openly about the emotional aftermath and regrets after having an abortion.
I think she was an amazing woman/actress.
Yes but she had a nervous breakdown from that abortion and said it nearly destroyed her life.
May she rest in peace, I thought that she was wonderful.
Jennifer is now a beaming, light-filled Christian Lady.
Great actress. RIP.
One of my favorite movies.
Thanks to her efforts and generosity many persons got the necessary therapy and rehab they needed. Without her behind it the place may never have been built. My wife was there for three months in early 1986. Back then there was no place else except Shepherd in Atlanta as the nearest such center.
I remember her appearance at the Academy Awards a few years after suffering a stroke.
She came out on stage from behind the curtain to a standing ovation.
What she accomplished at that time, when stroke rehabilitation was much more chancey, was amazing.
She always gave credit to her husband Roald Dahl for his persistance in encouraging her.
She was a flawed human being, as are we all, but a authentic American success story.
She was tremendous in “The Subject was Roses” with a young Martin Sheen in addition to “Hud.”
RIP Patricia Neal.
I loved reading both of your posts, thanks.
Patricia Neal was one of those few remaining “old school” actresses that I think could qualify as “great.”
My two favorite roles portrayed by Ms. Neal were “Maggie” in the movie “In Harm’s Way” along with John Wayne as “Rock,” and as “Olivia Walton” in “The Homecoming,” the original movie which served as the pilot for the series.
As a WWII Army nurse she was a natural, in command, not a “raving beauty” but a confidence that made her sensual and a compassion that made her strong. She was the perfect female lead to John Wayne’s Naval Admiral “Rock.” And the rest of the cast of that movie was phenomenal as well!
I believe it was not long after Ms. Neal finished “In Harm’s Way” that she suffered her strokes, and spent some years in recuperation. “The Homecoming” was among her first projects upon her return to the screen. It was a holiday movie, made for TV. And I think Patricia Nealjust nailed the 1930’s Virginia mountain woman — attitude, accent, socio-economic circumstances and all. My own Mom tells me she thought Ms. Neal’s accent sounded fake, but we’ve agreed to disagree. The only hint I saw of Ms. Neal’s medical issues was a slight limp in the scene as she walked to buy sugar at “Ike’s Store” early in “The Homecoming.” I still try to watch this DVD every year during the holidays. The networks ought to put it on just like “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Patricia Neal was a talented woman who poured herself into her roles. She was not perfect in her personal life — but how many of us look to actors and actresses of any era as our moral compasses? By that standard, she was almost exemplary! What I saw in her was a very gifted woman who invested her life in roles that spoke to something in the audiences who viewed the movies they were a part of. They identified somehow with her. And because of that, Patricia Neal can truly be said to have been a great American actress! Ms. Neal, you shall be missed, but not forgotten.