Patricia Neal

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  • PATRICIA NEIL


    INFORMATION FROM IMDb


    Date of Birth
    20 January 1926
    Packard, Kentucky, USA


    Date Of Death
    8 August 2010
    Edgartown, Mass.


    Birth name
    Patsy Louise Neal


    Spouse
    Roald Dahl (2 July 1953 - 17 November 1983) (divorced) 5 children


    Trivia
    Grandmother of model/actress Sophie Dahl and Luke Kelly.


    Her struggle back from a debilitating stroke in the mid-1960s was chronicled in the film, The Patricia Neal Story (1981) (TV), starring Glenda Jackson.


    Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1986.


    She 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.


    Roald was credited with helping her rehabilitate after her strokes. He designed her recovery routines.


    Grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.


    Her 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.


    Enrolled in speech and drama at Northwestern University.


    "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.


    After 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."


    Has a summer home in Martha's Vineyard.


    Mother of Ophelia Dahl, Lucy Dahl, Theo Dahl and Tessa Dahl.


    Daughter, Olivia Twenty Dahl (born April 20, 1955 - d. November 17, 1962), died suddenly of complications from measles at the age of seven.


    Member of Pi Beta Phi sorority


    In 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."


    Is portrayed by Glenda Jackson in The Patricia Neal Story (1981) (TV)


    Her classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae, Charlton Heston, Martha Hyer, and Agnes Nixon.


    Began 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.


    On 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).


    In 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.


    Has performed at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia.


    She has a grandchild from daughter, Ophelia Dahl, and Ophelia's partner, Lisa Frantzis.


    Grandchildren Sophie Dahl (September 15,1977), Clover Martha Patricia Kelly (September 21,1984), Luke James Roald Kelly (July 17,1986), Ned Dahl Donovan (January 7,1994) from daughter Tessa; Phoebe Patricia Rose Faircloth (November 4,1988),Chloe Michaela Faircloth (September 12,1990) from daughter Lucy; Alexa Isabella Dahl (June 26,2005) from son Theo.


    Personal Quotes
    "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!".


    I think I was born stubborn, that's all.


    "John 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)


    [On Gary Cooper] He was the most gorgeously attractive man. Bright, too, though some people didn't think so.


    [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.


    Mini Biography
    from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
    Strong dramatic actress whose real-life experiences rivaled any of her superb screen performances. After studying speech and drama at Northwestern University, she understudied on Broadway in "Voice of the Turtle" and won a Tony Award for Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest." This led to numerous offers from Hollywood, and she debuted opposite Ronald Reagan in John Loves Mary (1949). Neal's role in The Fountainhead (1949) resulted in a long, and much publicized, affair with the film's married star, Gary Cooper. Neal continued to work in films like The Breaking Point (1950), The Day the Earth Stood Still and Operation Pacific (both 1951), but suffered a nervous breakdown after ending the affair with Cooper. After recovering, she married writer Roald Dahl in 1953, and returned to American films as the woman who discovers the dangerous hayseed Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd (1957).


    Her career peaked with a searing, Oscarwinning performance as Alma, the house keeper in Hud (1963), but during the 1960s Neal sustained great personal tragedy: her youngest child, Theo, was hit by a cab and her daughter Olivia died from measles at the age of seven. She had finished In Harm's Way (1965) and had begun work on7 Women when she suffered a series of paralyzing strokes. Neal went through years of rehabilitation and made a triumphant comeback as the mother of a returning war veteran in The Subject Was Roses (1968), earning another Best Actress nomination. Since then, she has appeared sporadically in films like The Night Digger (1971), Baxter (1972), The Passage (1979), and Ghost Story (1981), and in several TV movies, Tail Gunner Joe (1977), All Quiet on the Western Front (1979), and most notably The Homecoming-A Christmas Story (1971), the forerunner of "The Waltons." Her autobiography "As I Am" (published in 1988) details her relationships with Cooper and Dahl; she was divorced from Dahl in 1983. Glenda Jackson played her in the TV movieThe Patricia Neal Story (1981).
    Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.


    Filmography
    Actress:
    1. Flying By (2009) .... Margie
    2. For the Love of May (2000) .... Grammy May
    3. Cookie's Fortune (1999) .... Jewel Mae 'Cookie' Orcutt
    4. Heidi (1993) (TV) .... Grandmother
    5. A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story (1992) (TV) .... Antonia Morgan
    6. "Murder, She Wrote" .... Milena Maryska (1 episode, 1990)
    - Murder in F Sharp (1990) TV episode .... Milena Maryska
    7. "Hallmark Hall of Fame" .... Lois Swensen / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1990)
    - Caroline? (1990) TV episode .... Miss Trollope
    - All Quiet on the Western Front (1979) TV episode .... Paul's Mother
    - Eric (1975) TV episode .... Lois Swensen
    8. An Unremarkable Life (1989) .... Frances McEllany
    9. Shattered Vows (1984) (TV) .... Sister Carmelita
    10. Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984) (TV) .... Mrs. Frank
    11. "Glitter" .... Madame Lil (1 episode, 1984)
    - Pilot (1984) TV episode .... Madame Lil
    12. Ghost Story (1981) .... Stella Hawthorne
    13. The Passage (1979) .... Mrs. Bergson
    14. The Bastard (1978) (TV) .... Marie Charboneau
    15. A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (1978) (TV) .... Mrs. Gehrig
    16. Nido de viudas (1977) .... Lupe
    ... aka "Widows' Nest" - USA (video box title)
    17. Tail Gunner Joe (1977) (TV) .... Sen. Margaret Chase Smith
    18. The American Woman: Portraits of Courage (1976) (TV) .... Narrator
    19. "Movin' On" (1 episode, 1975)
    - Prosperity Number One (1975) TV episode
    20. "Little House on the Prairie" .... Julia Sanderson (2 episodes, 1975)
    ... aka "L.H.O.T.P." - International (English title) (informal short title)
    ... aka "Little House: A New Beginning" - USA (last season title)
    - Remember Me: Part 2 (1975) TV episode (voice) .... Julia Sanderson
    - Remember Me: Part 1 (1975) TV episode .... Julia Sanderson
    21. Hay que matar a B. (1975) .... Julia
    22. Things in Their Season (1974) (TV) .... Peg Gerlach
    23. "Kung Fu" .... Sara Kingsley (2 episodes, 1974)
    - Blood of the Dragon: Part 2 (1974) TV episode .... Sara Kingsley
    - Blood of the Dragon: Part 1 (1974) TV episode .... Sara Kingsley
    24. Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973) .... Cara
    25. Baxter! (1973) .... Dr. Roberta Clemm
    26. "Circle of Fear" .... Ellen Alexander (1 episode, 1972)
    ... aka "Ghost Story" - USA (original title)
    - Time of Terror (1972) TV episode .... Ellen Alexander
    27. "The Waltons" .... Olivia Walton (1 episode, 1971)
    - The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971) TV episode .... Olivia Walton
    28. The Night Digger (1971) .... Maura Prince
    29. The Subject Was Roses (1968) .... Nettie Cleary
    30. In Harm's Way (1965) .... Lt. Maggie Haynes
    31. Psyche 59 (1964) .... Alison Crawford
    32. "Espionage" .... Jeanne (1 episode, 1963)
    - The Weakling (1963) TV episode .... Jeanne
    33. Hud (1963) .... Alma Brown
    34. "Ben Casey" .... Dr. Louise Chapelle (1 episode, 1963)
    - My Enemy Is a Bright Green Sparrow (1963) TV episode .... Dr. Louise Chapelle
    35. "Zero One" .... Margo (1 episode, 1962)
    - Return Trip (1962) TV episode .... Margo
    36. Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going (1962) (TV) .... Ruby Sills
    37. "The Untouchables" .... Maggie Storm (1 episode, 1962)
    - The Maggie Storm Story (1962) TV episode .... Maggie Storm
    38. "Checkmate" .... Fran Davis (1 episode, 1962)
    - The Yacht-Club Gang (1962) TV episode .... Fran Davis
    39. "Drama 61-67" .... Beebee Fenstermaker (1 episode, 1962)
    - Drama '62: The Days and Nights of Beebee (1962) TV episode .... Beebee Fenstermaker
    40. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) .... 2-E (Mrs. Failenson)
    41. Special for Women: Mother and Daughter (1961) (TV) .... Ruth Evans
    42. "Play of the Week" .... Mistress (1 episode, 1960)
    - Strindberg on Love (1960) TV episode .... Mistress
    43. Strindberg on Love (1960) (TV) .... The Mistress (segment "The Stronger")
    44. Clash by Night (1959) (TV) .... Mae Wilenski
    45. "Rendezvous" .... Kate Merlin (1 episode, 1959)
    - London-New York (1959) TV episode .... Kate Merlin
    46. "Pursuit" .... Mrs. Conrad (1 episode, 1958)
    - The Silent Night (1958) TV episode .... Mrs. Conrad
    47. "Studio One in Hollywood" .... Caroline Mann / ... (2 episodes, 1954-1958)
    ... aka "Studio One" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "Studio One Summer Theatre" - USA (summer title)
    ... aka "Summer Theatre" - USA (summer title)
    ... aka "Westinghouse Studio One" - USA (alternative title)
    ... aka "Westinghouse Summer Theatre" - USA (summer title)
    - Tide of Corruption (1958) TV episode .... Caroline Mann
    - A Handful of Diamonds (1954) TV episode .... Miriam Leslie
    48. "Playhouse 90" .... Margaret / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
    - The Gentleman from Seventh Avenue (1958) TV episode .... Rena Menken
    - The Playroom (1957) TV episode .... Margaret
    49. "Suspicion" .... Paula Elgin (1 episode, 1958)
    - Someone Is After Me (1958) TV episode .... Paula Elgin
    50. A Face in the Crowd (1957) .... Marcia Jeffries
    ... aka "Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd" - USA (complete title)
    51. "Matinee Theatre" (1 episode, 1956)
    - The Good-Time Boys (1956) TV episode
    52. "Omnibus" .... Herodias (1 episode, 1955)
    - Salome (1955) TV episode .... Herodias
    53. Stranger from Venus (1954) .... Susan North
    ... aka "Immediate Disaster" - USA
    ... aka "The Venusian" - USA
    54. "Goodyear Playhouse" (1 episode, 1954)
    ... aka "Goodyear Television Playhouse" - USA (original title)
    - Spring Reunion (1954) TV episode
    55. La tua donna (1954) .... Contessa Germana de Torri
    56. Something for the Birds (1952) .... Anne Richards
    57. Target for Scandal (1952) .... Alice Kingsley
    ... aka "Washington Story" - USA (original title)
    58. Diplomatic Courier (1952) .... Joan Ross
    59. Week-End with Father (1951) .... Jean Bowen
    60. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) .... Helen Benson
    61. Canyon Pass (1951) .... Ann Challon
    ... aka "Raton Pass" - USA (original title)
    62. Operation Pacific (1951) .... Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart
    63. Three Secrets (1950) .... Phyllis Horn
    64. The Breaking Point (1950) .... Leona Charles
    65. Bright Leaf (1950) .... Margaret Jane Singleton
    66. The Hasty Heart (1949) .... Sister Margaret Parker
    ... aka "Hasty Heart" - USA (poster title)
    67. The Fountainhead (1949) .... Dominique Francon
    68. John Loves Mary (1949) .... Mary McKinley


    Thanks
    1. Beyond Baklava: The Fairy Tale Story of Sylvia's Baklava (2007) (very special thanks)
    2. Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Making of a Classic (2006) (V) (special thanks)
    3. Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994) (special thanks)


    Self
    1. Hollywood Renegade (2010) (post-production) .... Herself
    2. There's Something About... Dahl (2007) (TV) .... Herself
    3. Beyond Baklava: The Fairy Tale Story of Sylvia's Baklava (2007)
    4. "The Essentials" (1 episode, 2007)
    - Hud (2007) TV episode
    5. Andromeda Memories (2006) (V) .... Herself
    6. The 60th Annual Tony Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
    7. Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Making of a Classic (2006) (V) .... Herself
    8. "Imagine" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
    - Fantastic Mr Dahl (2005) TV episode .... Herself
    9. Facing the Past (2005) (V) .... Herself
    10. "Private Screenings" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
    - Patricia Neal (2004) TV episode .... Herself
    11. Bright Leaves (2003) .... Herself
    12. Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003) .... Herself
    ... aka "Broadway" - USA (short title)
    ... aka "Broadway: The Golden Age" - USA (short title)
    ... aka "Broadway: The Movie" - USA (short title)
    13. The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself - Past Winner
    14. The John Garfield Story (2003) (TV) .... Herself
    15. From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (2002) .... Herself
    16. Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (2001) (TV) .... Herself
    17. The Face: Jesus in Art (2001) (V) .... Narrator
    18. Inside 'You Only Live Twice' (2000) (V) .... Herself
    19. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1999)
    - Episode dated 26 March 1999 (1999) TV episode .... Herself
    20. The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself - Past Winner
    21. To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill (1997) (TV) .... Herself
    ... aka "Hollywood Aliens & Monsters" - USA (original title)
    22. Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero (1997)
    23. The 50th Annual Tony Awards (1996) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
    24. Making the Earth Stand Still (1995) (V) .... Herself
    25. The American Film Institute Salute to Kirk Douglas (1991) (TV) .... Herself
    26. Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) .... Herself
    27. 7th Annual American Cinema Awards (1990) (TV) .... Herself
    28. Your Choice for the Film Awards (1984) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
    29. The Patricia Neal Story (1981) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
    30. The Way They Were (1981) (TV)
    31. The 35th Annual Tony Awards (1981) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
    32. "This Is Your Life" .... Herself (1 episode, 1978)
    - Patricia Neal (1978) TV episode .... Herself
    33. "The Hollywood Greats" .... Herself (1 episode, 1977)
    ... aka "Hollywood Greats" - USA (new title)
    - Gary Cooper (1977) TV episode .... Herself
    34. The American Film Institute Salute to John Ford (1973) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
    35. The 24th Annual Tony Awards (1970) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
    36. Pat Neal Is Back (1968) .... Herself
    37. The 39th Annual Academy Awards (1967) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
    38. "Today" .... Herself (1 episode, 1967)
    ... aka "NBC News Today" - USA (promotional title)
    ... aka "The Today Show" - USA (alternative title)
    - Episode dated 21 March 1967 (1967) TV episode .... Herself
    39. The 38th Annual Academy Awards (1966) (TV) .... Herself - recalling her award (pre-recorded)
    40. "Your Show of Shows" .... Herself (1 episode, 1954)
    - Episode dated 22 May 1954 (1954) TV episode .... Herself
    41. It's a Great Feeling (1949) (uncredited) .... Herself, Cameo Appearance


    Archive Footage
    1. How the West Was Lost (2008) (TV) (uncredited) .... Alma Brown
    2. Premiere Bond: Opening Nights (2006) (V) .... Herself
    3. Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994) (uncredited) .... Actress in 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' Clip
    4. "Clapper Board"
    - Lionel Jeffries: Part 1 (1979) TV episode
    5. The Horror Show (1979)

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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  • Patricia Neil, made only 2 films with Duke:-


    In Harm's Way (1965) .... Maggie
    Operation Pacific(1951) .... Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart


    .


    Patricia, was a contract player at WB., who at the time
    of filming Operation Pacific , was in love with Gary Cooper,
    who became a frequent visitor to the set.


    Patricia Neal said at the time,

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    John 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 is wrath at every turn.


    In Harms Way , Patricia, now a self-assured actress, found Duke more relaxed and generous, she said,

    Quote

    We had both been though a lot since then...He was certainly a better man for it....This time we got along splendidly.


    The two stars, certainly had the chemistry, this time around.


    On location,Patricia and her then husband Roald Dahl, were great company, for Duke and Pilar

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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  • I liked her in both films she acted in with Duke.


    But, if you want to see here in a different light take a look at Hud with Paul Newman. That was quite the different role for here compared to the 2 Duke films and its not too bad of a film as well, even if the ending leaves alittle to be desired.

    Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
    -John Wayne

  • Hi


    Reading her book I found it very moving, she had a hell of a life suffering her life threatening illness and losing one of her young children who she absolutely adored. She is a powerful woman who in Roald Dhal had an equally powerful husband who brought her through her adveries and then who left her for another woman.


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Quote

    Originally posted by chester7777@Feb 25 2006, 02:14 PM
    In doing a search,


    Chester :newyear:

    [snapback]27926[/snapback]



    Chester, you are my hero!!


    I've been trying to work out how you,
    linked the previous threads, from the search engine,
    and I've finally cracked it.


    Thanks for those links on Patricia,
    now I'll go back through the others!!

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England


  • Keith pointed out that a posted search result expires after awhile, so here's my suggestion. Because mention of Patricia Neal's name was scattered throughout several threads with no particular thread devoted to her besides the one we're in now, if you would like to read what other members have had to say about her, go to the "Search" link at the top of the page. In the space for keyword, enter +patricia +neal and make sure to tell it to search in "All Forums" and you will get results from the whole message board. Those little + signs in front of each word are very important, as they will cause the engine to search for both words together. I usually click the "most relevant" option as well. Of course, this thread will show in the search results, too, along with all previous mentions.


    Thanks, Keith, for pointing out the weakness in posting a link to search results.


    Chester :newyear:

  • Hi,


    To confirm the above,
    I have now deleted, all links to the search results,
    as indeed, they stop working after a while.
    I have left in other specific links, as they remain un-broken

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

  • She is still with us, and sent me a wonderful signed still along with a great note about working with Duke. She is a classy lady.

    :film: " When the legend becomes fact print the legend"

  • I just watched In Harm's Way 2 days ago and thought to myself that she was still alive after all these years. Then I check here and find I was close to being wrong. She was good with Duke and I am sorry to hear she passed. Rest in peace, Patricia.

    Mark

    "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "

  • I concur with all your thoughts on Patricia Neal. One question I have though is she had a series of strokes at a young age, I believe she was 39 when the first one happened. Was In Harm's Way filmed before or after she had the strokes? If you watch the movie it is tough to tell if she did or didn't show some signs.

    Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
    -John Wayne

  • I concur with all your thoughts on Patricia Neal. One question I have though is she had a series of strokes at a young age, I believe she was 39 when the first one happened. Was In Harm's Way filmed before or after she had the strokes? If you watch the movie it is tough to tell if she did or didn't show some signs.


    Todd this is from our profile


    Quote

    IMDb
    She had finished In Harm's Way (1965) and had begun work on7 Women when she suffered a series of paralyzing strokes. Neal went through years of rehabilitation and made a triumphant comeback as the mother of a returning war veteran in The Subject Was Roses (1968), earning another Best Actress nomination.


    So it looks like just after she was with Duke

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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