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Old 08-10-10, 12:19 PM
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R.I.P. Patricia Neal

Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal dies at 84
By the CNN Wire Staff
NEW: Neal died of complications from lung cancer
She is best known for her role in "Hud," for which she won an Oscar
Shortly afterward, she suffered three strokes
Neal recovered and continued acting
(CNN) -- Academy-Award winning actress Patricia Neal, whose off-screen life was one of dramatic triumph over adversity, died Sunday at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts. She was 84.

Neal died of complications from lung cancer, according to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center.

"The theatre and movie world has lost a great talent but, at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, we have also lost a friend," said a statement from the Knoxville, Tennessee, center that bears the actress' name and assists people in recovering from strokes and brain injuries.

Neal suffered several strokes and kept acting.

Neal is best known for her role as Alma in "Hud," where she played a housekeeper who did not fall for cowboy Paul Newman's charms. She won an Academy Award for the role.

Soon after her Oscar win, Neal suffered back-to-back strokes -- three in all. For a while, she lost her ability to speak and walk. But she returned to the screen -- and to another Oscar nomination -- for the movie "The Subject Was Roses."

"Ms. Neal took great joy in meeting patients and their caregivers every time she visited Knoxville," said a statement from the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center where the Neal rehabilitation center is located. "We will always remember her elegance and sincerity. She will be greatly missed."

Neal also won a Golden Globe award for her performance as Olivia Walton in 1971's "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story," the television movie that served as the pilot episode for the TV series "The Waltons." Concerns over Neal's health and her ability to handle the difficulties of a weekly television series led the producers to offer the role to Michael Learned when the show when into production.

Strangely, there seems to be no thread on this here (I did several searches). A fine actress. I'll always remember her from my childhood as the mother in The Homecoming, which always made me feel ill-at-ease, for some reason. Of course, she's beloved to me due to her turn in The Day The Earth Stood Still.

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Old 08-10-10, 04:11 PM
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Lung cancer? That's a sad way to go.

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Old 08-10-10, 05:19 PM
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I saw her speak before a screening of Day the Earth Stood Still back in 2001 or 2002. Robert Wise was there too. Now they are both gone. Sad.
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She was wonderful opposite John Wayne in the 1964 film "In Harm's Way". There were not many other actresses that could hold her own against his enormous screen presence, but she did.

You were one special actress Patricia...R.I.P.
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So young.
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"I've always been a fighter"

What a great, distinctive voice. Hope she's at peace now.
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Old 08-11-10, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Falc04 View Post
She was wonderful opposite John Wayne in the 1964 film "In Harm's Way". There were not many other actresses that could hold her own against his enormous screen presence, but she did.

You were one special actress Patricia...R.I.P.
She's just as good opposite Wayne in an earlier war movie, OPERATION PACIFIC (1951), which I highly recommend. (Wayne was always very good with strong actresses.)
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Old 08-12-10, 02:15 PM
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Re: R.I.P. Patricia Neal

She's unforgettable in Hud, and deserves to be more well-known than she is.

She led a fascinating life as well, including a torrid affair with Gary Cooper followed by decades of marriage to writer Roald Dahl. And the strokes and subsequent recovery, of course.

I've been meaning to delve into her autobiography for ages, looks like it might finally be time.
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