Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

by Stephen Michael Shearer

Paperback(updated and expanded edition)

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Major Motion Picture Adaptation Coming Soon The internationally acclaimed actress Patricia Neal (1926—2010) was a star on stage, film, and television for more than sixty years. On Broadway she appeared in such lauded productions as Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest, winning the first Tony award. In Hollywood she starred opposite the likes of John Wayne, Paul Newman, John Garfield, and Gary Cooper in some thirty films. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Alma Brown in Hud, which earned her the 1963 Academy Award for Best Actress.

But there was much more to Neal's life. She was born in Packard, Kentucky, though she spent most of her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee. For a time, Neal became romantically involved with Gary Cooper, her married costar in The Fountainhead. In 1953, Neal wed famed children's author Roald Dahl, a match that would bring her five children and thirty years of dramatic ups and downs. At the pinnacle of her screen career, Neal suffered a series of strokes which left her in a coma for twenty-one days, and Variety even ran a headline erroneously stating that she had died. After a difficult recovery, Neal returned to film acting, earning a second Academy Award nomination for The Subject Was Roses (1968). She appeared in several television movie roles in the 1970s and 1980s and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Dramatic TV Movie in 1971 for The Homecoming.

Adapted as a major motion picture (filmed as An Unquiet Life) starring Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, and Sam Heughan, Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life is the first critical biography detailing the actress's impressive film career and remarkable personal life. Author Stephen Michael Shearer conducted numerous interviews with Neal, her professional colleagues, and her intimate friends and was given access to the actress's personal papers. The result is an honest and comprehensive portrait of an accomplished woman who lived her life with determination and bravado.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813180717
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Edition description: updated and expanded edition
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 1,121,504
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stephen Michael Shearer, who has worked as a professional actor, is the author of Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr and Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Film Collectors Registry, and he has contributed research to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He lives in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

A Note from Kirk Douglas
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Chapter 1: Beginnings
Chapter 2: Progress
Chapter 3: Broadway
Chapter 4: Stock
Chapter 5: Warner Brothers
Chapter 6: Gary Cooper
Chapter 7: London
Chapter 8: Hollywood
Chapter 9: Tinseltown
Chapter 10: 20th Century-Fox
Chapter 11: Purgatory
Chapter 12: New York
Chapter 13: Roald Dahl
Chapter 14: Marriage
Chapter 15: England
Chapter 16: Career
Chapter 17: Triumph
Chapter 18: Tempest
Chapter 19: Tragedy
Chapter 20: Stardom
Chapter 21: Illness
Chapter 22: Comeback
Chapter 23: Roses
Chapter 24: Television
Chapter 25: Independence
Chapter 26: Divorce
Chatper 27: Serenity
Chapter 28: Legacy
Selected Bibliography

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