The stage and screen and television star who won an Academy Award for 1963’s Hud and received three Emmy nominations died today of lung cancer at her home on Martha’s Vineyard. She was 84. After winning a Tony award for Another Part of the Forest on Broadway in 1946, she made her film debut in 1949’s John Loves Mary. Her movies included The Fountainhead, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Breaking Point, Operation Pacific, A Face in the Crowd, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Harm’s Way. She suffered a series of strokes in 1965 at age 39, and her inspirational struggle to regain her ability to walk and talk were chronicled in her 1988 autobiography, As I Am. Neal was offered the role of Mrs. Robinson in 1967’s The Graduate but turned it down. Instead, she returned to the big screen in 1968’s The Subject Was Roses. She continued acting all the way through this decade.
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