"Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"
STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER is the author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is also a former model and actor, having appeared on stage, television, and in film. Shearer currently resides in the Twin Cities in Minnesota and New York City.
National Board of Review Summer 2010 (Paperback Edition coming in Spring 2011)
Trade paperback June 2011 - 504 pages, 123 photos - $24.95 - Biography • Memoir (978-0-8131-2971-6)
With her commanding presence, legendary actress Patricia Neal anchored such classic movies as The Day the Earth Stood Still, A Face in the Crowd, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She is perhaps most well known for her crowning acting achievement: her performance as Alma in Hud, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1963.
Neal grew up in Packard, Kentucky, and began acting as a teenager. Her career soared after moving to New York, where she performed in several Broadway plays, winning a Tony Award for Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest. She was then courted by Hollywood, and after being cast in The Fountainhead, Neal quickly became regarded as one of the most promising actresses of the era. In 1965, several years after marrying famed children's author Roald Dahl, Neal suffered a severe and debilitating stroke, after which Variety mistakenly reported that she had died. After a difficult recovery, Neal returned to film acting, earning a second Academy Award nomination, and appeared in a number of television movie roles in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1986, Neal received the Women's International Center Living Legacy Award.
Radio Interview - Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Join Mark Lynch as he interviews author, Stephen Michael Shearer on:
Inquiry: Stephen Michael Shearer: PATRICIA NEAL: AN UNQUIET LIFE
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Patricia Neal - February 24, 2011
Shirley Griffith & Christopher Cruise with PEOPLE IN AMERICA in VOA Special English