Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal, the glamorous yet earthy star whose Hollywood career was highlighted by an Oscar-winning turn in Hud, but frequently interrupted by a tragic personal life, died at her home in Edgartown, MA, Aug. 8 2010. She was 84. Ms. Neal, the daughter of a coal mine manager in Kentucky, rose to stardom before she could vote, making her Broadway debut as Regina Hubbard in Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest in 1949. Statuesque, with strong-jawed patrician good looks and a husky voice, her performance won her a Tony Award and a Theatre World Award and landed her on the cover of Life magazine. She was whisked off to Hollywood, signed to a seven-year contract by Warner Brothers. Her screen debut, "John Loves Mary," was unfortunate, but she made a lasting impression in 1949 in the film adaptation of Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead," in which she played the tough-minded Dominique, who becomes obsessed with the uncompromising architect Howard Roark. The film had been highly anticipated, but failed commercially, and in it also lay the seeds of her personal unhappiness. She and co-star Gary Cooper began a well-publicized, three-year affair. When he returned to his wife, she suffered a mental breakdown.

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  • Also known as: Patsy Louise Neal
  • Born: Jan 20, 1926 in Packard, Whitley County, Kentucky
  • Death: Aug 8, 2010 in Edgartown, MA


Theatre World
1947 Theatre World Award Another Part of the Forest Winner
Tony Award
1947 Featured Actress in a Play Another Part of the Forest Winner