First wife: Patricia Neal
20 January 1926 – the date Patricia Neal was born.
02 July 1953 – the date of Dahl’s wedding to Patricia Neal, held at Trinity Church in New York City.
27 – Patricia’s age at the time of her marraige to Roald.
1983 – the year in which Roald and Patricia divorced.
08 August 2010 – the date on which Patricia passed away.
Second wife: Felicity Crosland (nee D’Abreu)
12 December 1938 – the date Felicity Ann D’Abreu was born, to parents Professor Alphonsus Ligouri D’Abreu and Elizabeth Ursula Arienwen D’Abreu (nee Throckmorton).
Did you know?
Felicity was born in Llandaff, Wales, by pure coincidence the same place in which Roald was born, 20 years earlier.
9 December 1959 – the date of Felicity’s first marriage, to Charles Reginald Hugh Crosland (b. 9 October 1927, d. October 1995).
12 – the number of years Felicity was married to her Charles (they divorced in 1971).
3 – the number of children born to Felicity and Charles: Camilla Emma Crosland (b. 12 Dec 1960), Charlotte Ann Crosland (b. 26 Dec 1961), and Lucy Lorina Crosland (b. 14 Mar 1963, d. 1990).
11 – the number of years over which Roald and Felicity had a relationship, after first meeting on the set of a Maxim coffee commercial. Eventually, Roald would divorce first wife Patricia and marry Felicity.
1983 – the date of Dahl’s wedding to Felicity Crosland, held at Brixton Town Hall in London, England.
46 – Felicity’s age at the time of her marriage to Roald.
67 – Roald’s age at the time of his marriage to Felicity.
21 – the age difference between them.
Did you know?
Felicity was employed as a film producer and worked on film adaptations of Roald Dahl books; as producer of Matilda (1996) and as executive producer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
1990 – the year in which Felicity lost her daughter Lorina (who died aged 27 of a brain tumour), occurring just months before Roald himself died (this was a tragic mirror of the experience of Roald’s mother, Sofie Magdalene, who herself lost a daughter and a husband within months of each other.
51 – Felicty’s age at the time of Roald’s death.
1991 – the year in which Felicity Dahl founded the Roald Dahl Foundation, set up to provide help to young people suffering with their health – neurology (brain) or haematology (blood) – or literacy.
1995 – the year in which Felicity’s first husband Charles died, from injuries suffered after being kicked by a horse.
2005 – the year in which Felicity Dahl founded the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, England (the village in which Roald Dahl spent the last 36 years of his life).
2008 – the year in which Felicity helped publicise the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
2010 – the year in which the Roald Dahl Foundation changed names to become Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
Did you know?
Felicity is known to family and friends as Liccy (pronounced Lissy).