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Patricia Neal , Oscar-Winner, Dies at 84

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Patricia Neal , the willowy, husky-voiced actress who won an Academy Award for 1963's "Hud" and then survived several strokes to continue acting, died on Sunday. She was 84.Neal had lung cancer and died surrounded by her family at her home in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard."She faced her final illness as she had all of the many trials she endured: with indomitable grace, good humor and a great deal of her self-described stubbornness," her family said in a statement.Neal was already an award-winning Broadway actress when she won her Oscar for her role as a housekeeper to the Texas father (Melvyn Douglas) battling his selfish, amoral son ( Paul Newman ).Less than two years later, she suffered a series of strokes in 1965 at age 39. Her struggle to once again walk and talk is regarded as epic in the annals of stroke rehabilitation. She returned to the screen to earn another Oscar nomination and three Emmy nominations.The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center that ...

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