Patricia Neal Died at 84


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The 84 years old Oscar winning actress, Patricia Neal died on Sunday in her home at Edgartown, Mass. The actress has been suffering from lung cancer for years.
Patricia Neal had a long acting career and her talent also brought her an Academy Award for “Hud”, movie released in 1963. She received an Oscar for her role in this film, but this wasn’t the only important appreciation the actress got. She made her acting debut when she was only 21 years old with “Another Part of the Forest” on Broadway and she had a 60 years of acting career that brought her three Emmy nominations.

But, unfortunately, Patricia Neal had some serious health problems that persisted most of her life. She suffered several strokes that made her almost incapable of talking, but her death most likely interfered because of lung cancer. However, the fact that she suffered more than one stroke affected her whole life. After the first one, she tried very hard to recover and she managed to go back on the big screen and act again.

And she even created The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center with the purpose to help all those that have the misfortune to suffer from the same condition, by giving them support to recover from strokes and spinal cord or brain injures. The center was set in Knoxville, the city of her childhood. So, even though she became a Hollywood star, she never forgot about her home and the place where she grew up.

She was definitely an inspiration for many people because she managed to keep her strength and to continue fighting for her life. “Frequently my life has been likened to a Greek tragedy, and the actress in me cannot deny that comparison,” she wrote in her autobiography released in 1988. “You can’t give up, you sure want to, sometimes,” the actress said in an interview. And she never gave up, thing for which she definitely deserves all the appreciation.

Patricia Neal was married to Roald Dahl, a British writer that created “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and other famous children books, but they divorced in 1953. She suffered a shock when she found out that her husband was cheating on her, with one of her best friends and she had a breakdown at that time that she hardly managed to leave behind. However, she had three daughters that make her life so much easy, Ophelia, writer Tessa Dahl and screenwriter Lucy Dahl, and also a son Theo.

In her most important acting roles we have to mention “John Loves Mary”, the movie launched in 1949, her debut in cinema, where she played along Ronal Regan, “The Hasty Heart” released in 1950 or “The Breaking Point”. But, she also had a role in the extremely famous movie that never seems to get too old, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Her last acting appearance was in “Flying By”, movie released in 2009.11

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