Cousin Patty

I just saw the news that Patricia Neal has passed away. Damn.

She was a distant cousin, who like me escaped Knoxville pretty young. And she was a damn good actor who had a knack for picking roles that endured: Helen Benson; Marcia Jeffries; and of course Dominique Francon in one of the greatest comedies in film history, The Fountainhead.

Really, she was the perfect Rand heroine, managing to invest that horrifically tone deaf, robotic dialogue with enough animal intensity to make it... well, not believable, but at least interesting.

Wish I could have gotten a chance to meet her.

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