Actress Patricia Neal Dies At Age 84

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The Oscar-winning actress, who had lung cancer, died Sunday at her home on Martha's Vineyard. Neal won an Oscar in the 1960s for her role in Hud.


Now let's take a moment to reflect on a woman who was famous for overcoming adversity. Actress Patricia Neal has died of lung cancer. She was known for sad and longing eyes, and for the husky voice she used on stage and in movies.

(Soundbite of movie, "Hud")

Ms. PATRICIA NEAL (Actress): (as Alma Brown) I'd give you up now myself rather than watch you being destroyed by a world where you have no chance.

INSKEEP: In 1964, she won an Oscar for her role as a tough housekeeper in "Hud" with Paul Newman.

Ms. NEAL: (as Alma Brown) You think I've been nipping at it? I don't drink anything but Tokay wine.

Mr. PAUL NEWMAN (Actor): (as Hud Bannon) Yeah, I bet you keep your little finger crooked while you're doing it.

Ms. NEAL: (as Alma Brown) Why don't you go stick your head in the water trough and sober up for lunch?

INSKEEP: One year later after that movie, Neal suffered multiple strokes leaving her in a coma, semi-paralyzed and unable to walk and talk. But she learned to walk, talk and act again. She survived and lived until age eighty-four.

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