The Strength of 1963 Oscar Winner Patricia Neal in the Words of Her Daughter

One of the many amazing things about gathering this collection of stories from the MAKERS in America is hearing about their legacy. In this case, we uncovered the activist and MAKER Ophelia Dahl sharing memories of her mother, Patricia Neal, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Hud in 1963.


In this video, Dahl shared the amazing story of her mother's strength when faced with adversity, including her recovery from a stroke that left her unable to walk or talk not long after she won her Oscar, the death of a daughter, and aiding her toddler son after being hit by a taxi cab in New York City. Dahl goes on to share the path to recovery, in which her father, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl, championed health care that helped Neal to fully recover and continue her acting career. She also shared the benefits of growing up in a household where her mother was the breadwinner and her father, a writer who worked from home, provided the childcare.


Perhaps not surprisingly, Ophelia Dahl became a healthcare advovate herself. As Executive Director of Partners in Health, a non-profit organization that advocates for health care in developing nations, Dahl has led projects in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, the urban United States, Rwanda, Lesotho and Malawi. In 2011, both Dahl and Farmer were named as two of three Bostonians of the Year by Boston Globe, in recognition of their efforts after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.


Watch Ophelia Dahl's story.



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