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May 11, 2022

40 Gorgeous Photos of Patricia Neal in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1926 in Packard, Kentucky, American actress Patricia Neal appeared in Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest (1946), winning the 1947 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, in the first presentation of the Tony awards. She made her film debut with Ronald Reagan in John Loves Mary, followed by another role with Reagan in The Hasty Heart, and then The Fountainhead (all 1949).

A major star of the 1950s and 1960s, Neal was the recipient of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and two British Academy Film Awards, and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.

Her most popular film roles were: 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 Neal 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.

Neal died at her home in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in 2010, from lung cancer at the age of 84. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Patricia Neal in the 1940s and 1950s.

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