Oscar-winner Patricia Neal dies at age 84

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Hollywood stage and screen legend Patricia Neal died on Sunday following a battle with lung cancer. She was 84.

Neal, a native of Tennessee, will be remembered for numerous accomplishments on and off the screen. Most notably, she won the Academy Award in 1964 for playing Melvyn Douglas’s housekeeper in the Paul Newman vehicle, “Hud.” Neal’s impressive screen credits also include “A Face in the Crowd,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Her most recent lead was a starring role in Robert Altman’s delightful 1999 drama, “Cookie’s Fortune.”

Off the screen, Neal married “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author Roald Dahl. They had five children, but divorced when Neal learned the novelist cheated on her with her best friend. It also was revealed that Neal had an affair with Gary Cooper, her co-star in “The Fountainhead.”

In addition to the Oscar win, Neal was nominated in 1969 in the Best Actress category for her performance in “The Subject was Roses.” She was nominated for three Emmy awards, and won the Golden Globe in 1972 for “The Waltons: The Homecoming: A Christmas Story.”

“I don’t lie down. … I’m fightin’ all the way,” Neal told the AP in 1999.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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