The 1963 film’s Oscar winning actress, Patsy Louise Neal, died last night, August the 8th at her home in Knoxville, surrounded by family and friends. The 84 year old actress was battling lung cancer.
The actress who was already very successful on Broadway journeyed on the silver screen with her Oscar winning performance in ‘Hud’ costarring Paul Newman, winning a lot of awards for her distinguished performances including co starring with Audrey Hepburn in the classic, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’.
She later suffered at series of strokes, at the early age of 39, but battled her way back to the screen winning her another Oscar nomination and several Emmy nominations. Her fight against Strokes was considered as an epic, and ‘The Patricia Rehabilitation Centre’ that aids people suffering from strokes was dedicated to the star.
She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her great contribution to Cinema in April 2009.As remembered by close friend Bud Albers, Patricia, even though she had achieved and battled such a lot in life she never forgot her friends, and was to be a part of A golf tournament, which was to be a fund raiser for the Rehabilitation centre. May her soul Rest in Peace.