Friday, January 20, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: January 20, 1926 - Patricia Neal

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Patricia Neal, actress, was born January 20, 1926, in Packard, Whitely County, Kentucky, to William and Eura (Petry) Neal. After studying drama at Northwestern University and working as a model, Neal made her Broadway debut in The Voice Of The Turtle in 1946. In 1949 John Loves Mary, her first film, was released. Neal's marriage to Roald Dahl, a British screenwriter and novelist, in 1953 led to her prolonged absence from the screen. Neal's return in A Face In The Crowd (1957) established her as one of Hollywood's top actresses. In 1963 the deep-voiced actress received an Academy Award for her performance in Hud, a modern western. 

In 1965 Neal suffered a series of strokes that left her partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. She recovered and returned to acting, starring in the 1968 production of The Subject Was Roses, which brought her another Oscar nomination. Her most recent film is An Unremarkable Life (1989).

Neal and Dahl divorced in 1983; they have five children, Olivia Twenty, Tessa Sophia, Theo Matthew, Ophelia Magdaline, and Lucy.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Shearer, S. (2006). Patricia Neal : An unquiet life. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

PN2287.N33 S54 2006, Young Library - 5th Floor

Neal, P., & DeNeut, R. (1988). As I am : An autobiography. New York: Simon and Schuster.

B N2547as 1988, Special Collections Research Center - Biography Collection

Blaustein, J., Wise, R., North, E., Rennie, M., Neal, P., Marlowe, H., . . . Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. (2008). The day the earth stood still (Two disc special ed.). Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
AV-D7300, Young Media Library

McMurtry, L., Ritt, M., Ravetch, I., Newman, P., Neal, P., Douglas, M., . . . Paramount Pictures Corporation. (1997). Hud. Hollywood, CA: Paramount Pictures.

AV-V3033, Young Media Library

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