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Patricia Neal Biography

Birth Name:
Patsy Louise Neal
Birth Place:
Packard, Kentucky, United States

Fast Facts

  • Began receiving acting coaching at the age of 12
  • Began her acting career on Broadway, earning a Tony for her performance in Another Part of the Forest (1947)
  • Overcame several debilitating strokes in the 1960s and made her comeback in the 1968 film, The Subject Was Roses
  • Acted alongside costar Richard Thomas in The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, the 1971 movie pilot for the television series The Waltons; in 1979, played the mother of Thomas' character in All Quiet on the Western Front


  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special: nominated
  • 1972Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie: winner
  • 1972Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1968Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1966BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: winner
  • 1964BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: winner
  • 1964Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1963Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1963National Board of Review-Best Actress: winner
  • 1963New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner


  • Pete Neal -- Brother
  • Lucy -- Daughter
  • Olivia -- Daughter
  • Ophelia -- Daughter
  • Tessa -- Daughter
  • William -- Father
  • Eura -- Mother
  • Margaret Ann VandeNoord -- Sister
  • Theo -- Son