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METROPOLIS, IL: Metropolis' Noel Neill statue was unveiled in June and has been attracting many visitors ever since. The near life-size statue of the woman most famous for her portrayal of Lois Lane, is the centerpiece of a small corner plaza at Eighth and Market streets that features hundreds of personalized bricks.
Since the unveiling ceremony, The Metropolis Chamber of Commerce has accepted more brick orders from many fans and local residents. Another group of personalized bricks will be ordered soon to add to the plaza. Orders will be accepted until Sept. 30 at the same price as the original bricks.
"Now is a great time to place your order," says Clyde Wills, Metropolis Chamber of Commerce President. "Engraved bricks are available for $75 each and are a great way for individuals and families to be a part of this historic project," he said. With the additional expense incurred by pulling up bricks and replacing them with new engraved one, the cost for future brick orders may increase. Any orders received after Sept. 30 will be held until a substantial number of orders are received for the next engraving.
The City of Metropolis and fans all over the world will be sending special birthday wishes to Ms. Neill soon as she will be turning 90 years old in November. Neill has been receiving many get well wishes over the last two months as she is currently recovering from a broken hip.
"The addition of more bricks to Noel's statue plaza is sure to lift her spirits," say Metropolis Tourism Director Angie Shelton. Shelton also says that get well and birthday wishes may be sent to Neill at the following address: Noel Neill, 4421 N. Bear Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ 85749.
Personalized bricks may be purchased at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce at 607 Market St. in Metropolis. The bricks are 4"x8" will hold three lines of up to 13 characters each. More information about the statue and a brick order form can be found at www.noelneillstatue.com. Orders may also be placed by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714.
Noel Neill, also known as "The First Lady of Metropolis," has been a frequent guest of the Superman Celebration and broke ground for the statue in June of 2009. She received a standing ovation in 2010 when she spoke to her fans and unveiled the statue of her likeness at the 32nd Annual Superman Celebration.
About Neill: Though she first played Lois Lane in the 1948 movie serial, Superman, with Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill is best known for playing the iconic character on television in The Adventures of Superman with legendary actor George Reeves from 1953 to 1957. So identified is she with this role, that her portrayal of the "girl reporter" set the standard for all Lois Lanes yet to come.
Neill has continued to appear in Superman related productions. She played Lois Lane's mother in a cameo for the 1978 film Superman, with Kirk Alyn as Lois' father. In an episode of the TV series Superboy she appeared alongside her former cast-mate Jack Larson, who had played Jimmy Olsen on TV. Her personal appearance at the Metropolis Superman Celebration was featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. As "Aunt Lois" she has a guest appearance in the independent superhero film Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes, and she plays the role of dying widow Gertrude Vanderworth in Superman Returns (2006).
About Metropolis: Metropolis, Illinois is the only town with the same name as the fictional city made famous in comic books. It is located at the southern tip of Metropolis where the Ohio River meets Paducah, Ky. The Superman Celebration is a long standing festival and a must see event for most anyone, especially Superman or comic lovers. Superman fans travel from all over the globe to visit the small southern Illinois town that is the Official Home of Superman.
Metropolis features a 15-foot bronze statue of the Man of Steel and a Super Museum located on the town's Superman Square. A life-size statue of Noel Neill will grace the landscape soon. There are other interesting super-hero related attractions located throughout the city, including a giant rock of kryptonite. Complete with an Artist's Alley, Man of Steel exhibitions and contests and $1000 Superhero Costume Contest, the Superman Celebration provides fun for the entire family each June. For more information about Metropolis & its many attractions, visit www.metropolistourism.com or call 877-424-5025.
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