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Oscar-winner actress Patricia Neal dies at age 84

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Actress Patricia Neal is shown during an interview in Nashville, Tenn. Neal, who won an Oscar in 1964 for "Hud" and later fought back from crippling strokes, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at age 84. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Actress Patricia Neal (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Actress Patricia Neal, who won an Oscar in 1964 for “Hud” and later fought back from crippling strokes, has died at her home on Martha’s Vineyard. She was 84.

Longtime friend Bud Albers says Neal had lung cancer and died at her home in Edgartown Sunday morning.

The Kentucky-born Neal, famous for her husky voice, was already a Tony-winning stage actress when she made her film debut in 1949. Among her movies were “The Fountainhead” and “A Face in the Crowd.”

The year after winning the Academy Award, she suffered a series of strokes and had to relearn to walk and talk. But she returned to the screen and earned another Oscar nomination and three Emmy nominations.

Albers said her family let him know of her death.

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