Academy Award-Winning Actress Patricia Neal Dies

Hud star lost her battle with long cancer Sunday at the age of 84

By Brandi Fowler Aug 09, 2010 4:40 AMTags

Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal has died at the age of 84.

The Hud star lost her battle with lung cancer Sunday, and she passed away in her home in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, according to reports.

Known best for her roles in The Fountainhead, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany's and A Face in the Crowd, Neal was also noted for her unexpected comeback after suffering a series of strokes at the age of 39.  

But her own triumph came after much personal loss.

Following an unhappy affair with her Fountainhead costar Gary Cooper, she married Roald Dahl, the author of such children's classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. In 1960, the couple's infant son suffered brain damage after the baby carriage he was in was struck by a taxi in New York City. Then after moving to England with her husband, the couple lost their 7-year-old daughter to measles encephalitis in 1962. The couple divorced in 1983.

But while she agreed with critics who compared the events in her life to a Greek tragedy in her 1988 autobiography  As I Am, she continued to prove herself as a fighter throughout her career and personal life.

After regaining her ability to walk and talk post-stroke, she went on to garner three Emmy nominations and another Oscar nomination for her role in The Subject Was Roses.


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