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Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

by Stephen Michael Shearer

Availablepaperback$29.95s 978-0-8131-2971-6
Availablecloth$70.00x 978-0-8131-2391-2
508 pages  Pubdate: 08/26/2011  6.125 x 9.25  123 b&w photos

With her commanding presence, legendary actress Patricia Neal (1926-2010) anchored such classic movies as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), A Face in the Crowd (1957), and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) . She is perhaps most well known for her crowning acting achievement: her performance as Alma in Hud (1963), which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life is the first critical biography detailing the actress’s impressive film career. Author Stephen Michael Shearer’s has conducted numerous interviews with Neal, her colleagues, and her friends. The result is an honest and comprehensive portrait of an accomplished woman who has lived her life with determination and bravado.

Stephen Michael Shearer, who has worked as a professional actor, has written for The Film Collectors Registry and contributed research to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

"This impressively researched biography of film actress Patricia Neal covers an immensity of material." --(Salt Lake City) Deseret News

"Shearer delivers an inspiring look at the professional triumphs and personal tragedies that define one of Hollywood's legendary stars." --Des Moines Regiser

"Patricial Neal has traveled the road from tirumph to despair in ways few of us can imagine. There is sincerity and dedication behind this work." --Paul Newman

"Screen legend Neal's life was filled with tragedies and triumphs, and Shearer unveils an impressive portrait of the actress. . . . Readers of As I Am, Neal's 1988 memoir, will seek out this biography for more of the actress's absorbing and inspirational story." --Publishers Weekly

"Digs into the amazing first 80 years in the life of one of our national treasures. . . . Neal is still a great force of nature, and Shearer's book documents all her ups, downs, traumas and triumphs." --Robert Osborne, Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

“A tour de force biography.” --Louisville Courier-Journal

"Her life has had so many tragic twists it makes for compelling reading." --Variety

"A solid biography." --Washington Post Book World

“Shearer explores Neal’s fascinating acting career and personal life, her marriage to children’s author Roald Dahl, and her amazing dedication and bravado that has marked her film legacy.” --Celebrity Café

“A rich record of a life, and of the time and places in which that life was lived.” --Toronto Globe and Mail

“One can see plainly while reading this book that it was a real labor of love. Anyone interested in movies as well as U.S. social history will treasure this volume about an extraordinary actress and lady.” --Bowling Green Daily News

"Thorough, engaging look at the life of Patricia Neal." -- Great Old Movies