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Patty Duke

Television Actress / Film Actress / Politician / Stage Actress | * 12/14/1946 († 69, 03/29/2016) | Elmhurst, Queens, New York, United States
Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016) was an American actress, appearing on stage, film, and television. Her first big break came from her Academy Award winning performance at age 16 for portraying Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), a role that she had originated on Broadway. The following year she was given her own show, The Patty Duke Show, in which she played the dual role of "identical cousins" Cathy and Patty Lane. She later progressed to more mature roles such as that of Neely O'Hara in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967). Over the course of her career, she received ten Emmy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards as well as two Golden Globe Awards. Duke also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988. Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, after which she devoted much of her time to advocating for and educating the public on mental health. ()
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Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's managers, John and Ethel Ross. Soon after, Anna Marie became Patty, the actress. Patty started off in commercials, a few movies and some bit parts. Her first big, memorable role came when she was chosen to portray the blind and deaf Helen Keller in the Broadway version of "The Miracle Worker". The play lasted almost two years, from October 19, 1959-July 1, 1961 (Patty left in May, 1961). In 1962, The Miracle Worker (1962) became a movie and Patty won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She was 16 years old, making her the youngest person ever to win an Oscar. She then starred in her own sitcom titled The Patty Duke Show (1963). It lasted for three seasons, and Patty was nominated for an Emmy. In 1965, she starred in the movie Billie (1965). It was a success and was the first movie ever sold to a television network. That same year, she married director Harry Falk. Their marriage lasted four years. She then starred in Valley of the Dolls (1967), which was a financial but not a critical success. In 1969, she secured a part in an independent film called Me, Natalie (1969). The film was a box-office flop, but she won her second Golden Globe Award for her performance in it. In the early 1970s, she became a mother to actors Sean Astin (with writer Michael Tell) and Mackenzie Astin (with actor John Astin). In 1976, she won her second Emmy award for the highly successful mini-series, Captains and the Kings (1976). Other successful TV films followed. She received two Emmy nominations in 1978 for A Family Upside Down (1978) and Having Babies III (1978). She then won her third Emmy in the 1979 TV movie version of The Miracle Worker (1979), this time portraying "Annie Sullivan". In 1982, she was diagnosed with manic-depressive illness. In 1984, she became President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). In 1986, she married Michael Pierce, a drill sergeant whom she met while preparing for a role in the TV movie, A Time to Triumph (1986). In 1987, she wrote her autobiography, "Call Me Anna". In 1989, she and Mike adopted a baby, whom they named "Kevin". Her autobiography became a TV movie in 1990, with Patty playing herself, from her 30s onward. In 1992, she wrote her second book, "A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depression Illness". Anna Marie Duke had a long and successful career, winning three Emmys. She was a mother and a political advocate for issues such as the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), AIDS and nuclear disarmament, all despite having Manic-Depression. She died on March 29, 2016, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Patty had proved her strength as an actress and as a person.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | TV Movies | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Patty Duke

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Theatre World Award Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Movies with Patty Duke as Actress(70)

as Leslee Wexler2013 Bo Burnham: What.
as Helen2012 Amazing Love
as Irene2010 Unanswered Prayers
as Mary2009 Love Finds A Home
as Mrs. Keene / Earlene2005 Bigger Than the Sky
as Sylvia2002 Little John
as Sunny Andrews2000 Love Lessons
as Dr. Feinstenberger2000 Kimberly
as Patty Lane / Cathy Lane MacAllister1999 The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights
as Faye Dolan1998 When He Didn't Come Home
as Sook1997 A Christmas Memory
as Beth Bradfield1996 To Face Her Past
as Annie Beiler1996 Harvest of Fire
as Grace McKenna1994 One Woman's Courage
as Lucille Jenkins1993 No Child of Mine
as Mary Brown1993 A Matter of Justice
as Mrs. Boyle1992 Prelude to a Kiss
as Jean Monroe1992 A Killer Among Friends
as Judge Ray1991 Absolute Strangers
as Ruth Monroe1990 Always Remember I Love You
as Anna Marie Duke/ Patty Duke1990 Call Me Anna
as Nancy Evans1989 Amityville: The Evil Escapes
as Anne Capute1988 Fatal Judgement
as Shirley Abrams1987 Fight for Life
as Doris Niceman1986 Willy/Milly
as Laura Dietz1984 Best Kept Secrets
as Sister Dulcina1983 September Gun
as Helen1982 By Design
as Barbara Reynolds1981 Please Don't Hit Me, Mom
as Lily1980 The Women's Room
as Liz Benedict1980 The Babysitter
as Anne Sullivan1979 The Miracle Worker
as Rita1978 The Swarm
as Sue Davidoff1977 The Storyteller
as Laura Lockwood1977 Curse of the Black Widow
as Dr. Peggy Wilson (as Patty Duke Astin)1977 Fire!
as Norma Walsh1977 Killer on Board
as Rosemary Woodhouse1976 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby
as Francesca Kinsolving1972 You'll Like My Mother
as Eileen Phillips1971 If Tomorrow Comes
as Macy Kramer1971 Two on a Bench
as Marlene Chambers1970 My Sweet Charlie
as Natalie Miller1969 Me, Natalie
as Neely O'Hara1967 Valley of the Dolls
as Thumbelina1966 The Daydreamer
as Billie1965 Billie
as Helen Keller1962 The Miracle Worker
as Marjorie Sutherland1959 4D Man
as 'Tootie' Smith1959 Meet Me in St. Louis
as Debbie Walters1959 Happy Anniversary
as Emily Ann Faulkner (Child)1958 The Goddess

TV Shows/Series with Patty Duke as Actress(35)

as Herself - Interviewee2000 Backstory
as Guest Caller - Alice1993 Frasier
as Karen Matthews1987 Karen's Song
as President Julia Mansfield1985 Hail to the Chief
as Martha Washington1984 George Washington
1982 Hotel
as Molly Quinn1982 It Takes Two
as Bernadette Hennessey Armagh1976 Captains and the Kings
as Barbara King1968 Journey to the Unknown
as Cathy Lane1963 The Patty Duke Show
as Patty Lane1963 The Patty Duke Show

Movies with Patty Duke as Crew(1)

Writing/Book1990 Call Me Anna

Full Name: Patty Duke
Born: Saturday, 12/14 1946 (December) in Queens
Died: Tuesday, 03/29 2016 (March) in Coeur d'Alene (aged: 69)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Record Label: United Artists Records
Spouses (current/former): John Astin
Other names for Patty Duke (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Anna Marie Duke"
"Patty Duke-Astin"
"Anna Pearce"
Patty Duke frequently works together with these people:
William Windom (10x, Actor)
William Schallert (9x, Actor)
Jessica Walter (9x, Actress)
John Rubinstein (9x, Actor)
Nehemiah Persoff (8x, Actor)
William Shatner (8x, Actor)
John Larch (8x, Actor)
Pernell Roberts (8x, Actor)
James Gregory (8x, Actor)
William Link (5x, Crew)
Richard Levinson (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:28740, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 06/21/2019