Blunt, no nonsense Patricia Neal sat down with Robert Osborne in 2004 for this insightful interview about her career and turbulent private life.
All I can say is, what a woman and what an actress! Neal discusses her film work, her love affair with Gary Cooper, her marriage to Roald Dahl, the death of her daughter Olivia, her son's accident, her three strokes in the '60s, and her complete rehabilitation which was REMARKABLE. She mentions that she thought she drew attention to the physical disability of strokes - as my mother was in that field, I can say that she certainly did. Her rehabilitation also was an inspiration to many.
Neal makes no bones about her dislike for George Peppard, which I knew about from an interview I transcribed for a book on Audrey Hepburn. Brother, she couldn't stand him. This is why I love the interview - she pulls no punches.
Neal is sorely missed, but she left a fine legacy of movies. Too few, but they're there.
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