According to the New York Times, Oscar winning actress Patricia Neal has died at the age of 84. She passed away on Sunday, August 8th at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Not only was she an Oscar winner but she also received a Tony Award for her work on the stage during her long career. She worked opposite some of the most well known actors in the industry including Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and Paul Newman. Let’s take a look at her distinguished resume…
Neal was born January 20, 1926 in Kentucky and named Patsy Louise. A name that soon got a revamp once she entered the business. She began her career at the age of 21 starring opposite Ronald Reagan in the rom-con John Loves Mary. She then went on to star in The Fountainhead with Cooper and eventually Hud, which earned her an Academy Award.
The actress had a decorated career in Hollywood but her professional triumphs were constantly overshadowed by her personal health issues. Following her 1964 Oscar win, she suffered three strokes, which left her in a coma. At the time she was semi-paralyzed and unable to speak but she thankfully learned how to walk and talk again.
Neal was married to famous author Roald Dahl for 30 years and had 5 children during their union. She’s the grandmother of model/actress Sophie Dahl and Luke Kelly. Her cause of death has been cited as lung cancer.
What’s your favorite Patricia Neal film? Were you a fan of her work?