Sunday, August 8, 2010

RIP Patricia Neal

Actress Patricia Neal dies aged 84

Actress Patricia Neal, winner of both Academy and Tony awards, has died at her home in the north-western US state of Massachusetts at the age of 84, The New York Times reported.

The cause of her death was not immediately known, but the newspaper noted Neal had suffered three strokes early in her career and was semi-paralysed and unable to speak for a long time after that.

Neal won her Tony award before she was 21, following her Broadway debut in Lillian Hellman's play Another Part of the Forest.

The actress made her movie debut in the 1949 comedy John Loves Mary, where she played opposite the late former president Ronald Reagan.

She later starred in the screen version of John Patrick's play The Hasty Heart (1950), in which she played a nurse who tries to comfort a dying soldier, and The Breaking Point (1950), which was based on Ernest Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not.

In 1964, Neal received an Oscar for best actress for her performance in the movie Hud, where she appeared with Paul Newman.

But a year later she had three strokes that left her in a coma for three weeks, The Times said.

Following these crises, she was able to learn to walk and talk again.

Despite a severely impaired memory that made it difficult to remember lines, she returned to the screen in 1968 in the movie The Subject Was Roses.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for that role, but did not win it.

NEAL, Patricia (Patsy Louise Neal)
Born: 1/20/1926, Packard, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died: 8/8/2010, Edgartown, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Patricia Neal's westerns - actress:
Raton Pass - 1951 (Ann Challon)
Hud - 1963 (Alma Brown)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1974 (Sara Kingsley)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1975 (Julia Sanderson)

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