Patricia Neal (January 20, 1926 – August 8, 2010) was an American actress of stage and screen. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the drama Hud (1963).
During the filming of The Fountainhead (1949), Neal had an affair with her married co-star, Gary Cooper, whom she had met in 1947 when she was 21 and he was 46. By 1950, Cooper’s wife, Veronica, had found out about the relationship and sent Neal a telegram demanding they end it. Neal became pregnant by Cooper, but he persuaded her to have an abortion.
Death of Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal died at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard, August 8, 2010, of lung cancer.
Patricia Neal & Gary Cooper – "The Fountainhead"