Married to author Roald Dahl, she gave birth to five children. One was brain-damaged in a 1960 taxi accident when he was a baby, another succumbed to measles in 1962. Tessa Dahl and her daughter Sophie both became screenwriters. Neal went on to suffer three strokes in 1964 and had to relearn, badgered by her husband, how to walk and talk. She resumed her award-winning career in films and television with The Subject was Roses and The Homecoming: A Christmas Story. Dahl and Neal broke up in 1983.
A.P. quotes her as follows from her 1988 autobiography, As I Am: "Frequently my life has been likened to a Greek tragedy, and the actress in me cannot deny that comparison."
UPDATE: Michael Phillips does a nice job on what made the tall slim beauty with a husky voice a memorable actress.