Patricia Neal began her career on Broadway in 1947 and replaced by the Tony Award as best supporting actress. 1949, she had her film debut at the side of Ronald Reagan in John Loves Mary. In 1957 she played in A Face in the Crowd (A Face in the Crowd) on the side of Walter Matthau and Lee Remick. It receives 1964 the Oscar as best actress in Hud.
She married on 2 July 1953 the writer Roald Dahl, and has with him five children, Olivia Twenty (20 April 1955 † 17 November 1962), who died of measles,   Chantal Sophia Tessa (born April 11, 1957) Theo Matthew Roald (born July 30, 1960), Ophelia (b. May 12, 1964) and Lucy (born August 4, 1965). It is on 17 November 1983 divorce.
1981 her life is filmed (The Patricia Neal Story with Glenda Jackson) and in 1988 published her autobiography, As I Am.