Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke by Patty DukeThe Star--The public saw her as a gifted child star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the youngest actor to have a prime-time television series bearing her own name.
The Nightmare--What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical mangers stripped her of nearly all that was familiar, beginning with her name. She was deprived of family and friends. Her every word was programmed, her every action monitored and criticized. She was fed liquor and prescription drugs, taught to lie to get work, and relentlessly drilled to win roles.
The Legend--Out of this nightmare emerged Patty Duke, a show business legend still searching for the child, Anna. She won three Emmy Awards and divorced three husbands. A starring role in Valley of the Dolls nearly ruined her career. She was notorious for wild spending sprees, turbulent liaisons, and an uncontrollable temper. Until a long hidden illness was diagnosed, and her amazing recovery recovery began.
The Triumph-- Call Me Anna is an American success story that grew out of a bizarre and desperate struggle for survival. A harrowing, ultimately triumphant story told by Patty Duke herself--wife, mother, political activist, President of the Screen Actors Guild, and at last, a happy, fulfilled woman whose miracle is her own life.
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In one scene, the mother had to beat the son. When the cameras started rolling, Astin had a strange reaction. This is my professional career. The audience at The Westin Galleria Hotel roared with laughter before Astin added some sobering context. After her bipolar disorder diagnosis in , Duke became a pioneering mental health advocate who spoke openly about her manic depression. The legendary actress, whose television, film and stage career exceeded five decades, died in at age
Post by Christopher Heffron. One of the most popular teen stars on television, now the proud grandmother of six, Oscar winner Patty Duke, 68, is enjoying her sixth decade as a professional actor. Happily ensconced in the northern Idaho home she shares with her husband of 29 years, Michael Pearce, she is grateful for both her past successes and her present joys. I offer only prayers of gratitude. By the time she entered first grade at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary School in New York City, Anna Marie Duke she prefers to use her baptismal name had already caught the attention of several talent scouts.
Patty Duke, the Academy Award winning actress and popular star of her own self-titled sitcom, died this morning at a hospital near her home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She was According to numerous sources, Duke died of complications from a ruptured intestine she suffered on March Her father was an alcoholic and her mother suffered from chronic depression. John left the family when she was six years old. When she was seven, Duke became an actress. In , Duke first achieved stardom when she played Helen Keller—a young girl deaf and blind from early childhood—in the original Broadway production of The Miracle Worker , written by William Gibson.
Sign in. 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".