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PATRICIA NEAL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/24/1980 - HFSID 312554

PATRICIA NEAL She writes from Gipsy House, the home she shared with Roald Dahl, shortly before her marriage breaks up. Typed Letter signed: "Patricia Neal", 1 page, 8½x10¼. Gipsy House, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire [England], 1980 March 24.

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PATRICIA NEAL
She writes from Gipsy House, the home she shared with Roald Dahl, shortly before her marriage breaks up.
Typed Letter signed: "Patricia Neal", 1 page, 8½x10¼. Gipsy House, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire [England], 1980 March 24. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Martin", in full: "Thank you so much for your lovely letter and I have pleasure in returning your cards and envelopes, duly signed. [Items not included.] I am particularly grateful to you for enclosing the two dollars for return postage. Yours sincerely". A leading lady of American plays and film, Patricia Neal (1926-2010) studied drama in college and worked as a model before debuting on Broadway in The Voice of the Turtle (1946). Her performance in the play, Another Part of the Forest, got the attention of Hollywood, and she made her screen debut in a light farce, John Loves Mary, in 1949. That same year she was impressive in The Fountainhead opposite Gary Cooper, whom she later said was the great love of her life. After marrying British writer Roald Dahl in 1953, Neal disappeared from the screen for several years, returning in 1957's A Face in the Crowd, after which she was more selective in choosing her film roles. For her performance in Hud (1963), she won the Best Actress Academy Award. After family tragedies involving the death of a daughter and a brain-damaging accident to an infant son, Neal suffered a massive series of strokes in 1965 that left her confined to a wheelchair, semi-paralyzed and nearly unable to speak. Over the next several years, she made a remarkable recovery, returning to the screen in The Subject Was Roses (1968), for which she received another Best Actress Oscar nomination. That year, she was presented with the "Heart of the Year" Award by President Johnson. Gipsy House was the home she shared with husband Dahl, in a marriage which ended in 1983 after Neal discovered he was having an affair a close friend of Neal's (Felicity Crosland), carried on at Gipsy House for years whenever Neal invited her to visit. Large creases. Normal mailing folds. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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