Patricia Neal

Actor, Model
Though she initially found success on Broadway, actress Patricia Neal became a Hollywood star thanks to several memorable performances, only to see her career cut short due to a series of illnesses and personal ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1926 in Packard, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Bright Leaves 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Private Screenings: Patricia Neal 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Cookie's Fortune 1999 (Movie)

Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Actor)

The Lives of Lillian Hellman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

An Unremarkable Life 1989 (Movie)

Frances McEllany (Actor)

Ghost Story 1981 (Movie)

Stella Hawthorne (Actor)

All Quiet on the Western Front 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Passage 1979 (Movie)

Ariel Bergson (Actor)

Widows' Nest 1976 (Movie)

Lupe (Actor)

Happy Mother's Day... Love, George 1972 (Movie)

Cara (Actor)

Baxter 1971 (Movie)

Dr Clemm (Actor)

The Night Digger 1970 (Movie)

Maura (Actor)

The Subject Was Roses 1968 (Movie)

Nettie Cleary (Actor)

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

Lt Maggie Haynes (Actor)

Psyche '59 1964 (Movie)

Allison Crawford (Actor)

Hud 1962 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

2-E (Actor)

Omnibus 1952 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Performer

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

A Face in the Crowd 1957 (Movie)

Marcia Jeffries (Actor)

Something For the Birds 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Operation Pacific 1951 (Movie)

Lt. (j.g.) Mary Stuart (Actor)

The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 (Movie)

Helen Benson (Actor)

The Breaking Point 1950 (Movie)

Leona Charles (Actor)

The Hasty Heart 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Secrets 1950 (Movie)

Phyllis Horn (Actor)

John Loves Mary 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fountainhead 1948 (Movie)

Dominique Francon (Actor)

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Bright Leaf (Movie)

Margaret Jane Singleton (Actor)

Caroline? (TV Show)

Actor

Diplomatic Courier (Movie)

Joan Ross (Actor)

Eric (TV Show)

Actor

Flying By (TV Show)

Actor

Heidi (TV Show)

Actor

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

John Wayne: American Legend (TV Show)

Actor

Love Leads the Way (TV Show)

Actor

Shattered Vows (TV Show)

Actor

Tail Gunner Joe (TV Show)

Actor

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Face: Jesus in Art (TV Show)

Narrator

The Homecoming (TV Show)

Actor

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor

Things in Their Season (TV Show)

Actor

Washington Story (Movie)

Alice Kingsly (Actor)

Biography

Though she initially found success on Broadway, actress Patricia Neal became a Hollywood star thanks to several memorable performances, only to see her career cut short due to a series of illnesses and personal tragedies from which she never fully recovered. Neal first gained notice on the stage with her Tony-winning performance in "Another Part of the Forest" (1947), which led to her venturing out onto the silver screen. She made her presence known with an acclaimed turn in "The Fountainhead" (1949), particularly due to her highly publicized affair with co-star Gary Cooper, which allegedly resulted in a nervous breakdown a few years later. Meanwhile, she married writer Roald Dahl and continued making movies, albeit in roles ill-suited to her talents. Neal went back to triumph on Broadway, only to return to Hollywood with two of her best films, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) and "Hud" (1963), the latter of which earned her an Academy Award. But just as her film career was finally taking shape, Neal suffered a debilitating series of strokes while pregnant that left her paralyzed and unable to speak. With help and encouragement from Dahl, she made a near-full recovery and returned to work, only to find film offers few and far between. She did have a critical triumph with "The Subject was Roses" (1968), but was consigned to just a few movies in the ensuing decades while suffering the death of her daughter from illness and the permanent brain damage of her son from an accident. Regardless of the numerous tragedies in her life, Neal remained a strong and resilient performer worthy of great respect.

Relationships

Eura Mildred Neal

Mother

Lucy Neal Dahl

Daughter

Ophelia Magdalene Dahl

Daughter

Theo Mathew Roald Dahl

Son
hit by a cab as a baby and survived eight brain operations

William Peter Neal

Brother

Gary Cooper Actor

Companion
became involved with each other while making "The Fountainhead" (1949)

Roald Dahl

Husband
married 1953 divorced 1983 after Neal learned he had been having an affair with one of her best friends died 1990

Sophie Dahl Actor

Granddaughter

Roald Dahl Actor

Wife

Olivia Dahl

Daughter
died 1962 at age 13 of measles

Tessa Dahl

Daughter

Sophie Dahl

Granddaughter

William Neal

Father
worked for South Coal & Coke Co.

Margaret Neal

Sister
older

EDUCATION

Park Lowry Grammar School

Knoxville , Tennessee

Knoxville High School

Knoxville , Tennessee

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1943 - 1945
studied with Alvina Krause; fellow students included Ralph Meeker and Jean Hagan; dropped out to pursue acting career

Milestones

2009

Made final acting appearance opposite Billy Ray Cyrus and Heather Locklear in the drama, "Flying By"

2000

Starred in the short film "For the Love of May"

1999

Portrayed the octogenarian Cookie in Robert Altman's comedy "Cookie's Fortune"

1997

Appeared as interviewee in "Andy Griffith: Hollywood's Homespun Hero" for A&E's "Biography" series

1993

Performed the role of Peter's Grandmother in the Disney Channel miniseries "Heidi"

1989

Portrayed Shelley Winter's sister in "An Unremarkable Life"

1988

Published autobiography "As I Am" (written with Richard Deneut)

1981

Glenda Jackson portrayed Neal and Dirk Bogarde, Roald Dahl, in the CBS TV biopic "The Patricia Neal Story"

1979

Played Richard Thomas's mother in TV-movie remake of "All Quiet on the Western Front" (CBS)

1970

Played Olivia Walton in "The Homecoming--A Christmas Story" (CBS)

1968

Returned to features after strokes with Oscar-nominated starring role in "The Subject Was Roses"

1965

Suffered the first of a series of strokes four days into filming of John Ford's "7 Women"

1962

Delivered Oscar-winning turn as a weary housekeeper opposite Paul Newman in "Hud"

1961

Kept George Peppard as her toy-boy in Blake Edwards' "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

1959

Appeared in "The Miracle Worker" on Broadway

1957

Starred opposite Andy Griffith in "A Face in the Crowd"

1956

Replaced Barbara Bel Geddes in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway

1955

Returned to Broadway in "A Roomful Of Roses"

1953

Married Roald Dahl and became based in Great Britain

1952

Returned to Broadway in revival of "The Children's Hour"

1952

Began making TV appearances

1951

Dropped by Warners; inked 3-picture deal with Fox

1948

Made feature film acting debut, "John Loves Mary," actually released after "The Fountainhead"

1947

Went to Holllywood; signed 7-year contract with Warner Bros.

1946

Summer try-out in "Devil Takes a Whittler" led to New York stage debut, "Another Part of the Forest", on Broadway; also toured with show; won Tony Award

1944

Left university; went to NYC; understudied Vivian Vance in John van Druten's "The Voice of the Turtle"; replaced Vance for two weeks during play's Chicago run; adopted stage name Patricia Neal

1942

Enrolled at Northwestern University to study drama

1941

Left high school; joined the Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA, as understudy/assistant stage manager

Joined Alvina Krause's theater company in Eagles Mere, PA

Joined amateur theater group The Tennessee Valley Players

Bonus Trivia

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President Johnson presented her with the Heart of the Year Award

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