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The Patty Duke Show, Miracle Worker
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Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016) was an American actress of stage, film, and television. She first became known as a teen star, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), which she had originated on Broadway. Later she had the lead in the eponymous sitcom The Patty Duke Show. Duke progressed to more mature roles such as in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967), playing Neely O'Hara. She served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988, four years after her Patty Duke Show co-star William Schallert held the same office.
Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, after which she devoted much of her time as an advocate for and educating the public on mental health issues.
In 1996, 30 years after The Patty Duke Show ended, Duke was ranked No. 40 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time".
Duke was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, the youngest of three children born to Frances (née McMahon), a cashier, and John Brock Duke, a handyman and cab driver. She was of German (from her maternal grandmother) and Irish descent (on both sides, her paternal grandparents, James and Katness (O'Hara) Duke, having immigrated to New York from County Longford, Ireland).
Duke, her brother Raymond, and her sister Carol experienced a tough childhood. Their father was an alcoholic, and their mother suffered from clinical depression and was prone to violence. When Duke was six, her mother threw her father out. When Duke was eight, her care was turned over to talent managers John and Ethel Ross, who, after promoting Patty's brother, were looking for a girl to add to their stable of child actors.
The Rosses' methods of managing Duke's career were often unscrupulous and exploitative. They consistently billed Duke as being two years younger than she actually was and padded her resume with false credits. Ethel Ross gave the sweeping name-change order - "Anna Marie is dead; you're Patty now." She hoped that "Patty Duke" would duplicate the success of tween actress Patty McCormack. This act would have painful repercussions for Duke in the future.
In 1965, Duke married director Harry Falk, who was 13 years her senior. During their marriage, she had repeated mood swings, a symptom of bipolar disorder; and, like some bipolar sufferers, she drank heavily, became anorexic and overdosed on pills a number of times. The couple divorced in 1969.
In early 1970, at the age of 23, Duke dated then-Here's Lucy star, 17-year-old Desi Arnaz, Jr.. The couple's relationship became tabloid fodder, due in part to the vocal and public opposition of Arnaz's mother, actress Lucille Ball. By late spring, Duke and Arnaz had broken off their relationship and she began dating actor John Astin who was 16 years her senior.
Around the same time, Duke developed an intimate relationship with rock promoter Michael Tell. In June 1970, in the midst of a manic phase, Duke learned she was pregnant. Unsure of the paternity of her unborn child, Duke married Michael Tell on June 26, 1970, in order to "give (her child) a name". Their marriage lasted 13 days before ending in an annulment on July 9, 1970; Duke said the marriage was never consummated.
Duke's son, actor Sean Astin, was born on February 25, 1971. Though Duke said in her 1987 autobiography that John Astin was Sean's biological father, she later stated that she had always believed that Desi Arnaz Jr. was his biological father. It turned out that neither statement was correct; in 1994, Sean Astin underwent biological testing to determine his paternity, and the results showed that Astin's father is actually Michael Tell.
Duke and Astin were married in August 1972. Astin adopted Sean and the couple had another son, actor Mackenzie Astin, in 1973. Duke and Astin worked together extensively during their marriage, and she took his name professionally, becoming "Patty Duke Astin". The couple divorced in 1985.
Duke married her fourth husband, Drill Sergeant Michael Pearce, in 1986. Duke and Pearce had met during the production of A Time to Triumph, for which Pearce served as a consultant. The couple moved to Hayden, Idaho, and adopted a son, Kevin, who was born in 1988. Pearce became a firefighter. From her marriage to Pearce to her death, Duke occasionally used the name "Anna Duke-Pearce" in her writings and other professional work.
Duke had three granddaughters by her eldest son Sean, actress Alexandra "Ali" Astin and her sisters Elizabeth and Isabella.
Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016, at the age of 69, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine.
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Full Name at Birth
Anna Marie Duke
Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016) was an American actress of stage, film and television. She first became famous as a teen star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, which she had originated on Broadway. She later starred in the sitcom The Patty Duke Show. She progressed to more mature roles upon playing Neely O'Hara in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. She served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988, four years after her Patty Duke Show co-star William Schallert held the same office.
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John Patrick Duke
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Cause of Death
Sepsis Due To A Ruptured Intestine
Place of Death
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho USA
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates
(1963) TV commercial (as Patty and Cathy Lane from "The Patty Duke Show" (1963)): Breck Shampoo and Breck Hair Sprays, (2011) TV commercial (PSA, with George Takei: SocialSecurity.gov
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