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INTERVIEW: PATRICIA NEAL
  


Patricia Neal won the first Tony Award ever given an actor in 1947 for her featured role as Regina Hubbard in Another Part of the Forest, the second play that Lillian Hellman based upon her Demopolis, Alabama, family. The play, a prequel to The Little Foxes, debuted at the Fulton Theatre in Manhattan on November 20, 1946. Miss Neal later won the Oscar for Best Actress in Hud, a 1963 film from a novel entitled Horseman, Pass By by Larry McMurtry.  In her 2007 interview, she speaks candidly about the writers and fellow artists with whom she has worked: Hellman, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and her "Hud" co-star Paul Newman. After fighting back from strokes she suffered at a young age, Miss Neal became a role model for personal determination and a rehabilitation center in her hometown of Knoxville is named for her. Patricia Neal died in 2010, and the lights of Broadway's theatres were dimmed in her memory.


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  Patricia Neal (left) stars with Kim Hunter in the 1952 revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" on Broadway. Patricia Neal as Regina Hubbard in Another Part of the Forest, 1947 (Courtesy, Patricia Neal). Original Broadway Playbill fo rAnother Part of the Forest, 1946   
 

Patricia Neal (left) stars with Kim Hunter in the 1952 revival of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour on Broadway (Courtesy, Patricia Neal).

Patricia Neal as Regina Hubbard in Another Part
of the Forest
, 1946 (Courtesy, Patricia Neal).

Original Broadway Playbill for Another Part of the
Forest
, 1946.