Death of Olivia

November 1962

In 1962, Olivia 'Twenty' Dahl, eldest daughter of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal, dies

November 1962

November 1962

Olivia 'Twenty' Dahl, eldest daughter of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal, dies from measles encephalitis at the age of seven.

Roald's elder sister Astri was also seven years old when she died in 1920, a coincidence Roald himself notes in Boy.

Roald writes movingly about the death of his daughter in a pamphlet he contributed to The Sandwell Health Authority in 1988, which urges parents to have their children vaccinated against measles. An excerpt is reproduced below.

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Roald Dahl on Olivia, writing in 1988