Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal - 1952.jpg
Publicity photo from 1952
Born(1926-01-20)January 20, 1926
DiedAugust 8, 2010(2010-08-08) (aged 84)
Resting placeAbbey of Regina Laudis
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActress
Years active1945–2009
Spouse(s)
(m. 1953; div. 1983)
Children5, including Olivia, Tessa, Ophelia, and Lucy Dahl
RelativesSophie Dahl (granddaughter)
Phoebe Dahl (granddaughter)

Patricia Neal (born Patsy Louise Neal, January 20, 1926 – August 8, 2010) was an American actress of stage and screen. She was best known for her film roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), radio journalist Marcia Jeffries in A Face in the Crowd (1957), wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and the worn-out housekeeper Alma Brown in Hud (1963), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She featured as the matriarch in the television film The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971); her role as Olivia Walton was re-cast for the series it inspired, The Waltons.