Dahl's wives on meeting the author

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On meeting Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's first wife Patricia Neal and second wife Felicity Dahl speak about their first encounters with the author. This clip was taken from an episode of BBC Wales arts series The Slate, Roald Dahl: The Unexpected Tale, which was broadcast in 2000.

As Oscar-winning actor Patricia Neal recalls in the clip, she and Dahl were introduced by playwright Lillian Helman at a dinner party in New York. They married in 1953, a marriage that would last 30 years, and had five children together: Theo, Tessa, Ophelia, Lucy and Olivia, who died aged seven years old.

Dahl met his second wife Felicity in 1972, and soon after his divorce to Neal in 1983 the couple married. Their marriage would last just seven years, until his death in 1990.


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