Known for her husky voice, actress Patricia Neal died on Sunday, according to the New York Times, after a battle with lung cancer. She was 84.
Neal won an Academy Award in 1964 for her performance opposite Paul Newman in Hud. Before that, she had earned a Tony in her early twenties, and starred in films like The Fountainhead and Breakfast at Tiffany’s while also appearing on Broadway. In her later years she appeared in films like Cookie’s Fortune with Glenn Close and Flying By with Billy Ray Cyrus.
Though her career earned acclaim, her life was often tragic. She was married to author Roald Dahl for 30 years and had five children with him; one son was severely injured at four months after being hit by a taxi, and one died from measles at age seven. One year after winning the Oscar, she suffered three strokes while pregnant and fell into a coma for three weeks. She was left to learn how to walk and talk again and had an impaired memory, which made it difficult to remember lines.
Take a look at two of Neal’s earlier screen works.
In The Fountainhead:
In The Day the Earth Stood Still: