Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal loses lung cancer battle at age 84

August 9, 2010

Patricia Neal by David Shankbone

(ChattahBox) – Actress Patricia Neal has succumbed to her battle with lung cancer and has died at the age of 84.  The Oscar winner died at her home in Edgartown on Sunday.  “She faced her final illness as she had all of the many trials she endured: with indomitable grace, good humor and a great deal of her self-described stubbornness,” her family said in a statement.

Born in Tennessee, Neal was married to author Roald Dahl for 30 years and is the grandmother of model and TV star Sophie Dahl. Neal’s credits included The Day The Earth Stood Still, A Face In The Crowd, The Subject Was Roses and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune. Her last screen credit came in the 2009 drama Flying By. Already an award-winning Broadway, Neal won an Academy Award in 1963 for her role in Hud, playing a tough housekeeper to the Texas father (Melvyn Douglas) battling his selfish, amoral son (Paul Newman) who would not succumb to Newman’s characters charms.  She was forced to give up acting two years later at age 39, after a series of strokes, which left her semi-paralyzed and unable to talk. However, after a lengthy spell in rehabilitation she returned to screens to win numerous Oscar and Emmy nominations.

Photo: Patricia Neal by David Shankbone


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