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Patty Duke

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.

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Dec 14, 1946 In Elmhurst, Queens, New York, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie An American Girl 1958-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Journey to the unknown 2019
Known For
Movie Journey to the unknown Barbara King 2019
Movie Unanswered Prayers Irene 2012-02-07
Movie Amazing Love Helen 2012-11-06
Movie Love Finds A Home Mary 2009-04-11
Movie Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Bridget Connolly 2006-02-04
Movie Bigger Than the Sky Mrs. Keene / Earlene 2005-02-18
Movie Sex at 24 Frames Per Second Herself - Interviewee 2003-09-23
Movie Little John Sylvia 2002-05-05
Movie Love Lessons Sunny Andrews 2000-11-22
Movie The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights Patty Lane / Cathy Lane MacAllister 1999-01-01
Movie Kimberly Dr. Feinstenberger 1999-10-28
Movie A Season for Miracles Angel 1999-12-12
Movie When He Didn't Come Home Faye Dolan 1998-05-19
Movie Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah Natalie Porter 1996-01-01
Movie Harvest of Fire Annie Beiler 1996-04-21
Movie To Face Her Past Beth Bradfield 1996-11-12
Movie One Woman's Courage Grace McKenna 1994-02-27
Movie Cries from the Heart Terry 1994-10-16
Movie A Matter of Justice Mary Brown 1993-11-06
Movie Family of strangers Beth 1993-02-21
Movie No Child of Mine Lucille Jenkins 1993-10-31
Movie Prelude to a Kiss Mrs. Boyle 1992-07-10
Movie A Killer Among Friends Jean Monroe 1992-12-08
Movie Absolute Strangers Judge Ray 1991-04-14
Movie Call Me Anna Anna Marie Duke/ Patty Duke 1990-11-11
Movie Always Remember I Love You Ruth Monroe 1990-12-23
Movie Amityville: The Evil Escapes Nancy Evans 1989-05-12
Movie Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Carolyn Henry 1989-05-21
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace Althea Sloan 1988-02-28
Movie Fatal Judgement Anne Capute 1988-10-18
Series Karen's Song Karen Matthews 1987-07-18
Movie Fight for Life Shirley Abrams 1987-03-23
Movie George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Martha Washington 1986-09-21
Movie Best Kept Secrets Laura Dietz 1984-03-26
Movie September Gun Sister Dulcina 1983-10-08
Movie By Design Helen 1982-05-08
Series It Takes Two Molly Quinn 1982-10-14
Movie The Girl on the Edge of Town Martha 1981-04-04
Movie Please Don't Hit Me, Mom Barbara Reynolds 1981-09-20
Movie The Babysitter Liz Benedict 1980-11-28
Movie The Women's Room Lily 1980-09-14
Movie Hanging by a Thread Sue Grainger 1979-05-08
Movie The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan 1979-10-14
Movie The Swarm Rita 1978-07-14
Movie A Family Upside Down Wendy 1978-04-08
Movie Fire! Dr. Peggy Wilson 1977-05-08
Movie Curse of the Black Widow Laura Lockwood 1977-09-16
Movie The Storyteller Sue Davidoff 1977-12-05
Movie Killer on Board Norma Walsh 1977-10-10
Series Captains and the Kings Bernadette Hennessey Armagh 1976-09-30
Movie Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Rosemary Woodhouse 1976-10-29
Movie Nightmare Jan Richards 1974-01-08
Movie She Waits Laura Wilson 1972-01-28
Movie Two on a Bench Macy Kramer 1971-11-02
Movie If Tomorrow Comes Eileen Phillips 1971-12-07
Movie My Sweet Charlie Marlene Chambers 1970-01-20
Movie Me, Natalie Natalie Miller 1969-07-13
Movie Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara 1967-12-27
Movie The Daydreamer Thumbelina 1966-06-01
Movie Billie Billie 1965-12-13
Movie The Miracle Worker Helen Keller 1962-05-23
Movie The Power and the Glory Coral 1961-10-29
Movie Happy Anniversary Debbie Walters 1959-01-01
Movie 4D Man Marjorie Sutherland 1959-10-07
Movie Meet Me in St. Louis Tootie Smith 1959-04-26
Movie An American Girl Augusta Davis 1958-01-01
Movie The Goddess Emily Ann Faulkner (Child) 1958-06-24
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