Patty Duke Biography

Birthday: 1946-12-14
Place of Birth: Elmhurst, New York USA
Height: 5' (1.52 m)
Wiki Biography: Born on December 14, 1946, in Elmhurst, New York, as Anna Marie Duke. 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 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) (TV) and Having Babies III (1978) (TV). She then won her third Emmy in the 1979 TV movie version of The Miracle Worker (1979) (TV), 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) (TV). 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 has had a long and successful career, winning three Emmys. She is a mother, a political advocate for issues such as the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), AIDS and nuclear disarmament, all despite having Manic-Depression. She has proven her strength as an actress and as a person.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Television Theatre Betty / ... 1947 - 1958
The United States Steel Hour 1953 Comedy
The Patty Duke Show Cathy Lane 1964 - 1965 Comedy
Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara 1967 Drama
Journey to the Unknown 1968 Mystery
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 1972 Comedy
Captains and the Kings 1976 Drama
Hail To the Chief 1985 Comedy
Karen's Song Karen Matthews 1987 Comedy
A Christmas Memory Sook 1997 Drama
Miracle Workers Helen Keller 2006 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Miracle Worker Helen Keller 1962
Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara 1968 Drama, Music, Romance
My Sweet Charlie 1970 Drama
Me, Natalie Natalie Miller 1970 Comedy, Drama
Hanging by a Thread 1979 Drama, Adventure
Willy/Milly Doris Niceman 1986 Comedy, Fantasy
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Carolyn Henry 1989
Prelude to a Kiss 1992 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Kimberly Dr. Feinstenberger 1999 Comedy, Romance
Little John 2001 0
Bigger Than the Sky 2005
The Four Children of Tander Welch Susan Metler 2008 Drama
Amazing Love Helen 2012 Drama
Power of the Air Charlene Summers 2015 Drama