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DiedAugust 8, 2010, Edgartown, Massachusetts, United States
SpouseRoald Dahl
FactDaughter, Olivia Twenty Dahl (born April 20, 1955 - d. November 17, 1962), died suddenly of complications from measles at the age of seven.

Patricia Neal was an American actress of stage and screen. She was born in Packard, Kentucky, on January 20, 1926, to William Burdette Neal and Eura Mildred Neal. She had two older brothers, Richard and Robert. Her father was a farmer and her mother was a schoolteacher. Patricia was educated at the Packard School and the Lincoln Memorial University. She began her acting career in the summer stock theater.

Patricia made her Broadway debut in 1945 in the play “Another Part of the Forest”. She won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in “The Miracle Worker” in 1959. She also won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Hud” in 1963.

Patricia’s other film roles include “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951), “A Face in the Crowd” (1957), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), “In Harm’s Way” (1965), “The Subject Was Roses” (1968), and “The Homecoming” (1972).

Patricia was married to writer Roald Dahl from 1953 until his death in 1990. They had five children: Olivia, Tessa, Theo, Ophelia, and Lucy.

Patricia died on August 8, 2010, at the age of 84.

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Full NamePatricia Neal
DiedAugust 8, 2010, Edgartown, Massachusetts, United States
Height1.73 m
EducationKnoxville High School, Northwestern University


SpouseRoald Dahl
ChildrenOphelia Dahl, Lucy Dahl, Tessa Dahl, Theo Matthew Dahl, Olivia Twenty Dahl
ParentsEura Neal, William Neal


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting...
MoviesBreakfast at Tiffany's, The Fountainhead, The Day the Earth Stood Still, A Face in the Crowd, Hud, In Harm's Way, The Subject Was Roses, Operation Pacific, John Loves Mary, The Hasty Heart, Bright Leaf, Cookie's Fortune, The Breaking Point, Diplomatic Courier, Three Secrets, Ghost Story, The Night D...
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1[on John Wayne] I adored John Wayne. We got along fabulously! The first time we worked together, I didn't like him at all; but in Honolulu he was a much happier man.
2I loved Gary Cooper, for years and years and years. And I still love him. Of course, Becky (Cooper's wife, Veronica Balfe, (Sandra Shaw) was not very happy with me. And I don't blame her. Nor was her little daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, who I guess was about 11 when we started...And I was very sorry. But Gary...I just loved Gary very much. - PN, in a 2008 interview.
3Gort, Klaatu barata nikto. - PN's immortal, earth-saving line uttered to the alien robot Gort in the classic sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
4I've had a lovely time. - PN's last words while on her deathbed
5Frequently my life has been likened to a Greek tragedy, and the actress in me cannot deny that comparison.
6[when she heard Paul Newman died] Somebody came in and told me that Paul had died, and I was heartbroken, because he was a beautiful man. I knew that he was a little ill, and I knew that he was probably going to die, but you know it's just so heartbreaking when one hears it.
7[on Gary Cooper] He was the most gorgeously attractive man. Bright, too, though some people didn't think so.
8John Wayne had enormous appeal for the public, but I did not find him appealing in the least. I think my charms were lost on him too. He was going through marital problems, which kept him in a bad humor all the time. Duke was at odds with the director and could be a bully, particularly with a gay publicity man, who seemed to draw his wrath at every turn. - On Operation Pacific (1951)
9I think I was born stubborn, that's all.
10"In 1949, we stayed with one of my friends who had a book in which people were asked to write down their secret ambitions. Ronald Reagan wrote he'd like to be president. All those years ago!".


1Before rehearsals began for the 1952 Broadway revival of "The Children's Hour" starring Neal and Kim Hunter, playwright Lillian Hellman hosted a formal party. There, Neal first met author Roald Dahl, and they were married nine months later.
2Less than two years after being stricken with a serious stroke, she appeared at New York's Waldorf Astoria in a one-woman show, "An Evening with Patricia Neal.".
3The part that made Neal a star, at age 20, was Regina in "Another Part of the Forest" in 1946 as one critic called her "a young Tallulah Bankhead. She was visited backstage by Tallulah Bankhead, who had played the middle-aged Regina in "The Little Foxes" and said "Dahling, you were as good as I was - and if I said you were half as good, it would have been a hell of a compliment!".
4Patricia's great grandfather Abraham Thomas Neal served the South as a private in Company G of the 53rd Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. The Neal family lived in Pittsylvania County, Virginia at the time. Abraham's unit was involved in Gettysburg and was present at Appomattox.
5Was the 59th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Hud (1963) at The 36th Annual Academy Awards (1964) on April 13, 1964.
6Is one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person, Neal's being for Hud (1963). The others are Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Judy Holliday, Vivien Leigh, Anna Magnani, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson and Ellen Burstyn.
7Is one of 6 actresses to have been pregnant at the time of winning the Academy Award; the others are Eva Marie Saint, Meryl Streep, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman. Neal is the only to have not accepted her award in person as a result of her pregnancy. Neal was 8 months pregnant with her daughter Ophelia Dahl when she won the Best Actress Oscar for Hud (1963).
8Appeared on WABC-TV Consumer Line in New York City to deal with a botched contracting job in her bathroom. [March 2009]
9Returned to work 2 months after giving birth to her daughter Ophelia Dahl to begin filming In Harm's Way (1965).
10Mildred Dunnock served as her matron of honor at her wedding to Roald Dahl on July 2, 1953.
11Shared an apartment with Jean Hagen in New York City whilst working on Broadway.
12Her upset at being knocked unconscious in order to give birth to her 1st child, Olivia, led her to vow never to give birth in New York City again.
13Was unable to attend The 36th Annual Academy Awards (1964), where she won the Best Actress Oscar for Hud (1963), as she was 8 months pregnant with her daughter Ophelia Dahl.
14Was supposed to continue playing the female lead role as Olivia Walton in The Waltons (1971) after the pilot episode, but her health problems prevented this.
15Was 3 months pregnant with her daughter Tessa Dahl when she completed filming A Face in the Crowd (1957).
16Was 5 months pregnant with her son Theo Dahl when she completed her run of the Broadway play "The Miracle Worker".
17Was in a story segment of The Third Secret (1964) which was cut from the film.
18Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her daughter Olivia to begin performing in "A Roomful of Roses" on Broadway.
19After he played such a strong and devoted role in her physical and mental recovery from her paralytic illness, Patricia divorced her husband, writer Roald Dahl, after discovering his romantic affair with her close friend, Felicity ("Liccy") d'Abreu Crossland (aka Liccy Dahl). The couple married shortly after Roald and Patricia's divorce became final.
20Her 5-month-old baby son Theo Dahl suffered severe neurological damage on December 5, 1960, when his carriage (which was being pushed by a nurse) was accidentally crushed between a taxi and a bus in New York City. He survived following several operations.
21On February 5, 1965, while on location filming 7 Women (1966), a pregnant Patricia was bathing daughter Tessa Dahl at a rented home when she suffered a massive, paralyzing stroke, followed by two more. Baby Lucy Dahl was later born healthy but in its aftermath, the actress suffered from partial paralysis, partial blindness, she lost her memory and was unable to speak. Husband Roald Dahl had her undergo extensive therapy back in England, including swimming, walking, memory games and crossword puzzles.
22Following her two-year illness and rehabilitation, the Oscar-winning Patricia made her first public appearance in March of 1967, in which she spoke to 2,000 people in New York City at a benefit for the New York Association for Brain Injured Children. She also showed up at the 1967 Academy Awards ceremony to present the award for "Best Foreign Film" and received a standing ovation.
23Her father, William Burdette Neal, was a transportation manager for a coal company; her mother, Eura Mildred Petrey, was a bookkeeper.
24Unhappy with her roles in Hollywood, she was suspended by Warner Bros. for refusing to co-star with Randolph Scott in a western. That and her torrid but futile affair with married actor Gary Cooper, which led to an abortion and nervous collapse, quickened her decision to leave Hollywood and return to New York City where she refocused on theater.
25Made an appearance at the 2008 Nashville Film Festival in which she was given the festival's inaugural Life-time Achievement Award.
26Won the Tony, Donaldson, Theatre World and New York Dramatic Critics awards for her 1946 Broadway performance in Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest". It was Hellman who later introduced Patricia to future husband Roald Dahl.
27Pat and Roald's ordeal and ultimate victory over her illness made for an excellent TV movie, The Patricia Neal Story (1981), starring Glenda Jackson and Dirk Bogarde.
28Performed with the Tennessee Valley Players before studying drama at Northwestern University.
29Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her son Theo Dahl in order to begin filming Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
30Grandchildren: Sophie Dahl (born on September 15, 1977), Clover Martha Patricia Kelly (born on September 21, 1984), Luke Kelly (aka "Luke James Roald Kelly") (born on July 17, 1986), Ned Dahl Donovan (born on January 7, 1994) from daughter Tessa Dahl; Phoebe Patricia Rose Faircloth (born on November 4, 1988), Chloe Dahl (aka Chloe Michaela Dahl) (born on September 12, 1990) from daughter Lucy Dahl; Alexa Isabella Dahl (born on June 26, 2005) from son Theo Dahl.
31She has a grandchild from daughter, Ophelia Dahl, and Ophelia's partner, Lisa Frantzis.
32Has performed at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia.
33In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Clelia Bernacchi. She was occasionally dubbed by Franca Dominici -in The Fountainhead (1949); Giovanna Scotto -in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951); Tina Lattanzi -in Diplomatic Courier (1952); as well as Anna Miserocchi.
34On March 4, 2007, she received one of the two Lifetime Achievement Awards presented annually by the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis University, following a screening of her classic film A Face in the Crowd (1957) (Roy Scheider was the other honoree).
35Began a relationship with Gary Cooper on the set of The Fountainhead (1949). He was forty-seven, she was twenty-two. In 1951, Cooper separated from his wife with the intention of marrying Neal; however, he never filed for divorce, and in 1954, they reconciled. Meanwhile, the affair with Neal had fizzled out, and she married Roald Dahl.
36Her classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae, Charlton Heston, Martha Hyer, and Agnes Nixon.
37In 1947, the first time that Broadway's Tony Awards were presented, she won the Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) Award for "Another Part of the Forest."
38Member of Pi Beta Phi sorority
39Daughter, Olivia Twenty Dahl (born April 20, 1955 - d. November 17, 1962), died suddenly of complications from measles at the age of seven.
40Mother of Ophelia Dahl, Lucy Dahl, Theo Dahl and Tessa Dahl.
41Has a summer home in Martha's Vineyard.
42After moving to New York, she earned her first job as a Broadway understudy after only two-and-a-half months of pounding the pavement in the production of "The Voice of the Turtle."
43"Variety", the entertainment newspaper, mistakenly reported in their February 22, 1965 headline that Patricia Neal had died from her multiple strokes five days earlier. In truth, she remained in a coma for 21 days. Pregnant at the time, her daughter, Lucy Dahl, was born healthy.
44Enrolled in speech and drama at Northwestern University.
45Her own stroke recovery experiences led to her becoming a champion in the rehabilitation field. Her commitment to the rehabilitation center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee) led the Center to dedicate it in 1978 as The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center.
46Grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.
47Roald was credited with helping her rehabilitate after her strokes. He designed her recovery routines.
48She was offered the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967) but she was nervous about doing such a demanding role so soon after her stroke.
49Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1986.
50Grandmother of model/actress Sophie Dahl, Chloe Dahl and Luke Kelly.




Flying By2009Margie
For the Love of May2000ShortGrammy May
Cookie's Fortune1999Jewel Mae 'Cookie' Orcutt
Heidi1993TV MovieGrandmother
A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story1992TV MovieAntonia Morgan
Murder, She Wrote1990TV SeriesMilena Maryska
Caroline?1990TV MovieMiss Trollope
An Unremarkable Life1989Frances McEllany
Shattered Vows1984TV MovieSister Carmelita
Love Leads the Way: A True Story1984TV MovieMrs. Frank
Glitter1984TV SeriesMadame Lil
Ghost Story1981Stella Hawthorne
All Quiet on the Western Front1979TV MoviePaul's Mother
The Passage1979Ariel Bergson
The Bastard1978TV MovieMarie Charboneau
A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story1978TV MovieMrs. Gehrig
Nido de viudas1977Lupe
Tail Gunner Joe1977TV MovieSen. Margaret Chase Smith
The American Woman: Portraits of Courage1976TV MovieNarrator
Hay que matar a B.1975Julia
Movin' On1975TV SeriesMaddie
Little House on the Prairie1975TV SeriesJulia Sanderson
Eric1975TV MovieLois Swensen
Things in Their Season1974TV MoviePeg Gerlach
Kung Fu1974TV SeriesSara Kingsley
Happy Mother's Day, Love George1973Cara
Baxter!1973Dr. Roberta Clemm
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesEllen Alexander
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story1971TV MovieOlivia Walton
The Waltons1971TV SeriesOlivia Walton
The Road Builder1971Maura Prince
The Subject Was Roses1968Nettie Cleary
In Harm's Way1965Lieutenant Maggie Haynes
Psyche 591964Alison Crawford
Espionage1963TV SeriesJeanne
Hud1963Alma Brown
Ben Casey1963TV SeriesDr. Louise Chapelle
Zero One1962TV SeriesMargo
Winter Journey1962TV MovieGeorgie Elgin, Frank's wife
Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going1962TV MovieRuby Sills
The Untouchables1962TV SeriesMaggie Storm
Checkmate1962TV SeriesFran Davis
Drama 61-671962TV SeriesBeebee Fenstermaker
Breakfast at Tiffany's19612-E
Special for Women: Mother and Daughter1961TV MovieRuth Evans
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesMistress (in 'The Stronger') / Grace Wilson
Strindberg on Love1960TV MovieThe Mistress (segment "The Stronger")
Clash by Night1959TV MovieMae Wilenski
Rendezvous1959TV SeriesKate Merlin
Pursuit1958TV SeriesMrs. Conrad
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1958TV SeriesJulia Cavendish
Studio One in Hollywood1954-1958TV SeriesCaroline Mann / Miriam Leslie
Playhouse 901957-1958TV SeriesRena Menken / Margaret Flood
Suspicion1958TV SeriesPaula Elgin
A Face in the Crowd1957Marcia Jeffries
Omnibus1955TV SeriesHerodias
La tua donna1954Contessa Germana de Torri
Immediate Disaster1954Susan North
Goodyear Playhouse1954TV Series
Something for the Birds1952Anne Richards
Washington Story1952Alice Kingsley
Diplomatic Courier1952Joan Ross
Week-End with Father1951Jean Bowen
The Day the Earth Stood Still1951Helen Benson
Raton Pass1951Ann Challon
Operation Pacific1951Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
Three Secrets1950Phyllis Horn
The Breaking Point1950Leona Charles
Bright Leaf1950Margaret Jane Singleton
The Hasty Heart1949Sister Margaret Parker
It's a Great Feeling1949Patricial Neal (uncredited)
The Fountainhead1949Dominique Francon
John Loves Mary1949Mary McKinley


The Breaking Point1950performer: "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" - uncredited


The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'2008Video documentary short thanks
Beyond Baklava: The Fairy Tale Story of Sylvia's Baklava2007Documentary very special thanks
Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Making of a Classic2006Video documentary short special thanks
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey1994Documentary special thanks


Hollywood RenegadeDocumentary announcedHerself
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen2013DocumentaryHerself
The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'2008Video documentary shortHerself - Interviewee
There's Something About... Dahl2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Beyond Baklava: The Fairy Tale Story of Sylvia's Baklava2007Documentary
The Essentials2007TV Series documentary
Andromeda Memories2006Video documentary shortHerself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Making of a Classic2006Video documentary shortHerself
Imagine2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Facing the Past2005Video documentary shortHerself
Private Screenings2004TV SeriesHerself
Bright Leaves2003DocumentaryHerself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHerself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner
The John Garfield Story2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff2002DocumentaryHerself
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHerself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHerself
The Face: Jesus in Art2001Video documentaryNarrator
Inside 'You Only Live Twice'2000Video documentary shortHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise1998TV Special documentaryHerself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner (uncredited)
Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero1998Documentary
To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress / Friend
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Making the Earth Stand Still1995Video documentaryHerself
The 9th Annual American Cinema Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991DocumentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas1991TV Special documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean1990TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1978-1988TV Series documentaryHerself
Your Choice for the Film Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Save the Cable Cars Telethon1982TV MovieHerself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Patricia Neal Story1981TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
The Way They Were1981TV Special
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Mike Douglas Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Hollywood Greats1977TV Series documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford1973TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Russell Harty Plus1973TV SeriesHerself
The British Screen Awards1971TV SpecialHerself
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Pat Neal Is Back1968Documentary shortHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Today1967TV SeriesHerself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHerself - Recalling Her Award: Pre-Recorded
Panorama Review of the Year 19651965TV MovieHerself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

The 65th Annual Tony Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
How the West Was Lost2008TV Movie documentaryAlma Brown (uncredited)
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHerself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActress 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (uncredited)
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey1994DocumentaryActress in 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' Clip (uncredited)
Clapper Board1979TV SeriesDr. Roberta Clemm
The Horror Show1979TV Movie documentary


Won Awards

2009Career Achievement AwardWorldFest Houston
2005Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion Picture
2000Lifetime Achievement AwardRhode Island International Film Festival
1982Career Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaThe Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
1966BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressIn Harm's Way (1965)
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleHud (1963)
1964BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressHud (1963)
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceHud (1963)
1963NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressHud (1963)
1963NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressHud (1963)

Nominated Awards

2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressCookie's Fortune (1999)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest EnsembleCookie's Fortune (1999)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialAll Quiet on the Western Front (1979)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama SpecialTail Gunner Joe (1977)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Waltons (1971)
1969OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Subject Was Roses (1968)
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressHud (1963)

3rd Place Awards

1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Dramatic PerformanceThe Subject Was Roses (1968)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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