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Patricia Neal, Award-Winning Actress Dies

Monday, August 09, 2010

The actress Patricia Neal grew up in a mining town in Kentucky, yet by 21 she had won a Tony for her Broadway performance in Lillian Hellman’s “Another Part of the Forest.” The husky-voiced actress went on to win the Academy Award in 1963 for her role alongside Paul Newman in the film "Hud." Neal had lung cancer and died Sunday at her home on Martha's Vineyard. She was 84.

In 1989 she was on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss her book "As I Am: An Autobiography."In the interview, she discusses growing up in Kentucky, the film that made her career, "The Fountainhead," in which she starred with Gary Cooper. Neal and Cooper also had an affair. She also tells Lopate about why she married British author Roald Dahl after being deeply in love with Cooper. Neal suffered several strokes at the age of 39 and had to learn to walk and talk again.

Neal had five children, including the author Tessa Dahl, whose daughter is the model, Sophie Dahl.

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