Award Winning Actress Patricia Neal,Dies At The Age Of 84
Patricia Neal was 84, and had been suffering from a long battle with lung cancer, and died Sunday at home in Edgartown, Mass. The Oscar and Tony-winning actress who overcame three strokes during a pregnancy when she was 39,to continue her career, and deliver more of her trademark star power and brilliant performances, garnering her even more admiration and professional acclaim.(LA TIMES)
The series of stokes which happened a few months after she won the prestigious award,left her semi-paralyzed and unable to speak. She learned to walk and talk again before returning to the screen in 1968’s The Subject Was Roses, for which she earned another Oscar nomination.(SOURCE)
Her family released this short statement regarding her passing…
“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.”
Patricia Neal had a colorful and infamous , at times life, but her sultry performances on-screen have never been forgotten ,and her on-screen accomplishments far out weigh her off-screen life challenges, of which she had many.
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She famously had an affair with movie star Gary Cooper, which involved her aborting their baby,due to his request,as well as a long marriage to author Roald Dahl, who wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, which lasted for 30 years, but ended in controversy when Patricia found out that Dahl was having an affair with her friend Felicity Crosland, in 1983.
She wrote an autobiography of her life which was published in 1988 called “As I Am”,and a movie about her life was made for television entitled “The Patricia Neal Story” , starring Glenda Jackson as Patricia Neal.(VARIETY)
I will always remember Patricia Neal for starring in two of my top 5 favorite movies ever,“The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand,and the incredibly prescient “A Face In The Crowd” by director Elia Kazan and writer Bud Schulberg.
Her performances in those two movies were courageous and awe inspiring.She embodied the idea of a modern career woman,that was vulnerable at times, but mainly in charge, and dynamic.
As a professional artist, I could not have come this far without the guidance of the metaphors presented in this movie, and as portrayed by Patricia Neal, who represented a whole generations point-of-view through her characters portrayals.
She had a sultry, husky voice for a woman, and strikingly good looks!She embodied the whole movie star personae.
I strongly recommend to all artist that they watch these two films, and take note on the messages that they are delivering,…as well as the professional acting and timing of all the actors in the movies, and you will see that Patricia Neal is worthy of all of this acclaim.
Survivors include three daughters, a son, five granddaughters and two grandsons.(CNN)
Rest in peace Patricia Neal,you have earned it, and rest assured that the story of your life will not be forgotten, definitely not by me!
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I invite all of you to view her credit list, her biography, and inform yourself on who this American treasure was, and what she added to our arts, and culture here, now that she has passed on by viewing these links: