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Patricia Neal, RIP

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Patricia Neal, who won an Oscar for her role in Hud and starred as Dominique in The Fountainhead, is dead.

Patricia Neal was an Academy Award-winning actress known on screen for her husky voice and the quiet strength she brought to roles in such acclaimed films as Hud (1963) and The Fountainhead (1949) and the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Ultimately the actress, who died of lung cancer Sunday at 84 surrounded by her family at her home in Edgartown, Mass., became just as famous for the tragedies that hit her and her family in the 1960s. That she overcame those misfortunes to once again become an award-winning performer is as much a part of her legacy as are her movie and TV roles. 

Patricia Neal was an Academy Award-winning actress known on screen for her husky voice and the quiet strength she brought to roles in such acclaimed films as Hud (1963) and The Fountainhead (1949) and the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Ultimately the actress, who died of lung cancer Sunday at 84 surrounded by her family at her home in Edgartown, Mass., became just as famous for the tragedies that hit her and her family in the 1960s. That she overcame those misfortunes to once again become an award-winning performer is as much a part of her legacy as are her movie and TV roles.

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