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Roald Dahl

Birth13 SEP 1916
Death23 NOV 1990
Aged: 74.2 years
Encouraged by C. S. Forester, Dahl wrote about his RAF experiences in ?A Piece of Cake' which was published by the ?Saturday Evening Post'. Dahl's first children's book, ?The Gremlins' was published in 1943. In 1953 Dahl entered into a thirty year marriage with actress Patricia Neal with whom he had five children. Dahl published ?James and the Giant Peach' in 1961 which was followed by ?Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' in 1964. He wrote the screenplay for ?You Only Live Twice' in 1967 based on Ian Fleming's novel, as well as that for ?Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' in 1968 and ?Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' in 1971. ?My Uncle Oswald' in 1979 was Dahl's first full-length adult novel. Dahl received three Poe Awards for his writing in 1954, 1959, and 1980. In 1983 he received World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1983 he married Felicity Ann d'Abreu Crosland. His books became known for their imagination; always a little cruel, but never without humor, often a mixture of the grotesque and comic. He died of leukemia in November 1990, at his home, Gipsy House, in Buckinghamshire. In his honor, the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery was opened at Bucks County Museum in nearby Aylesbury. Through the Roald Dahl Foundation, Dahl continues to contribute in the fields of neurology, hematology, and literacy. In June 2005 the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre opened to celebrate the work of Roald Dahl and advance his work in literacy. (bio by: Iol

Patricia Lou Neal

Birth20 JAN 1926
Occup Actor-actress
Death8 AUG 2010
Aged: 84.5 years
Actress. The sultry voiced beauty won an Academy Award for playing Alma Brown in the film "Hud" (1963). Off-screen, she will be best remembered for her personal triumph and recovery over a series of strokes than nearly took her life in 1965. Born Patricia Louise Neal, her father was a coal company manager her mother was a bookkeeper she was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She developed a fondness for acting during her youth and participated in plays while attending high school. After graduation, she studied Drama at Northwestern University and during this period she found work as a model. After acquiring experience in summer stock she moved to New York and initiated her association on Broadway with the production "Another Part of the Forest" (1946 to 1947) and in 1949, she launched her Hollywood career with the picture "John Loves Mary" (1949) opposite Ronald Reagan. Her next film was "The Fountainhead" (1949) which found her sharing the screen with Gary Cooper. On-screen chemistry led to a real-life romance for which lasted three years. After their relationship ended she married British author Roald Dahl (who will perhaps be best remembered for penning "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in 1964) in 1953 and divorced in 1983. The couple had five children. In 1951, she co-starred in the classic movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and one year later she returned to the Broadway stage with her origination of the part of Martha Dobie in "The Children's Hour" (1952 to 1953). She also would portray Kate Keller in the production "The Miracle Worker" (1959 to 1961). She received praise for her performance in the film " A Face in the Crowd" (1957) and had a featured role in the Audrey Hepburn picture "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) while accruing guest roles on numerous TV programs. After filming the picture "In Harm's Way" (1965) with John Wayne, she suffered a series of massive strokes that inflicted damage to her nervous system, speech and mobility. At the time, she was pregnant with her fifth child. In three years, through her strength, courage aided greatly by her husband, she was able to make a recovery for which enabled her to return to work. Her first effort after her health crisis was the picture "The Subject Was Roses" (1968). She struggled through memory lapses during the filming however in spite of this, her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination. Neal originated the part of Olivia Walton in the TV-movie pilot titled "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" for the series "The Waltons" in 1971 for which earned her a Golden Globe Award and she continued to make frequent film and television appearances until a year before her death. In addition to her own health issues, she suffered the loss of her daughter (Olivia age seven) to measles in 1962. Neal penned her autobiography "As I Am" in 1988 and received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. She died from lung cancer. (bio by: C.S.)
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