The problem was not that Patricia Neal was a beauty — she was. The problem was that nobody actually saw her beauty because she was an electrifying actress. (Never forget that it was her performance as Olivia Walton in an otherwise-forgettable movie that spawned the popular TV series The Waltons.) Here she is:
Elegant and graceful, she was the thinking man’s alternative to the otherwise-forgettable stars of the 1950s.