PORT TOWNSEND — Patricia Neal, who won an Oscar for her 1963 role opposite Paul Newman in “Hud,” will be the celebrity guest at the Port Townsend Film Festival in September.
Neal, who suffered a series of strokes in 1965 that led to paralysis in a wheelchair and a remarkable recovery to continue an acting career in movies and television, will keynote the annual festival Sept. 27-29, festival Director Peter Simpson announced over the weekend.
Tony Curtis and Eva Marie Saint were previous celebrity guests of the festival, now in its third year.
A contest to “Guess the Guest” was won by Richard Whittier of Sequim, who guessed Neal’s name before the first of a weekly series of clues was released last month.
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