Besides playing a character with an alliterative name such as her own (what are the chances?), Ms. Neill also had a background in journalism:
Noel Neill was born in Minneapolis on Nov. 25, 1920, the daughter of David Neill, a newspaperman who became the news editor of what is now The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and his wife, LaVere, a former dancer and singer.
Although Noel sang and played the banjo at fairs as a child, she had planned to follow in her father’s footsteps as a journalist.
I wonder if anyone ever called her father "Chief"?
But some of her fans must have been just a little confused:
Women often told Ms. Neill that they had been inspired to go into journalism by seeing her character work as an equal alongside newspapermen...
Maybe they should have been more inspired to go into acting.