Actress who all played Neely O’Hara in Valley from the Dolls. She also portrayed Helen Keller within the Broadway play The Magic Worker and performed the same function within the 1962 film version, which gained her an Academy Prize for Best Helping Celebrity. She briefly made an appearance on the cleaning soap opera A Brighter Time. Her tv credits consist of Hawaii 5-0 and Glee. She acquired two sons, Mackenzie and professional Sean Astin, with her third hubby, John Astin. She also acquired a son called Kevin with her 4th hubby, Michael Pearce, whom she wedded in 1986. She performed the function of Anne Sullivan within a 1979 creation of The Magic Worker, performing alongside Melissa Gilbert, who performed the function of Helen Keller.
Full Name Patty Duke
Date Of Birth December 14, 1946
Died March 29, 2016, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.52 m
Profession Movie Actress
Spouse Michael Pearce, John Astin, Michael Tell, Harry Falk
Children Sean Astin, Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Pearce
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, TV Land Favorite Dual Role Character Award
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Female, Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama or Comedy Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Children's Programming, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - Performers
Movies The Miracle Worker, Valley of the Dolls, Me, Natalie, My Sweet Charlie, Billie, Prelude to a Kiss, You'll Like My Mother, The Swarm, Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive, Bigger Than the Sky, A Killer Among Friends, A Family of Strangers, The Disappearing Act, Absolute Strangers, The Goddess, Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes, The Daydreamer, A Christmas Memory, Love Finds a Home, Unanswered Prayers, Country Music Holiday, Amazing Love, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, Always Remember I Love You, Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby, Fight for Life, Cries from the Heart, Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story, A Family Upside Down, She Waits, The Babysitter, Murder Without Conviction, A Season for Miracles, Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah, By Design, To Face Her Past, Willy/Milly, Daddy Who?, One Woman's Courage, Hanging by a Thread, Little John, Final Justice, September Gun, Curse of the Black Widow, Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights, Having Babies III, Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace, The Women's Room, The Girl on the Edge of Town, Two on a Bench, Before and After
TV Shows Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, Match Game, Karen's Song, Hail to the Chief, George Washington, It Takes Two, The Babysitter, Captains and the Kings, The Patty Duke Show, The Brighter Day, A Matter of Justice, Amazing Grace, Kitty Foyle
Star Sign Sagittarius
Upon her death, she was cremated, alongside her mother, at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho, and her ashes were given to her family.
Her paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants. Her mother was of three quarters Irish and one quarter German ancestry.
As a youngster, she would appear on amateur nights at the Elks club #878 in Elmhurst, Queens where she lived.
When receiving her Academy Awards statuette for Miracle Worker, back in 1962, she is recorded for having the shortest talk of all Academy Awards history ceremonies. She just said: "Thank You" and got away.
Sean Patrick Astin was born February 25, 1971, in Santa Monica, California to Patty Duke. This was long reported that his father was John Astin (famous for playing Gomez on "The Addams Family" (1964) among other things) whom Duke married nearly 18 months later on August 5, 1972. DNA testing later proved that his biological father was Michael Tell, to whom Duke was shortly married to (June 26-July 9, 1970) before the marriage was annulled.
Though she professionally went by Patty Duke, to friends she was Anna (her birth name) Pearce (her married last name).
Although she had been on stage and in film for over five years at the time she appeared in Valley of the Dolls (1967), she said it was her co-star Sharon Tate who taught her how to use make-up to her best advantage.
At the time she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, she was the youngest person ever to win an Oscar in a competitive category. (In 1973, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Awards at age 10). This is partially because AMPAS discontinued their practice of awarding miniature Oscars to "child" actors following Hayley Mills' mini-statuette in 1961 for Pollyanna (1960), allowing actors of all ages to compete for "regular" Academy Awards.
Spoke at the memorial service for her beloved friend and mentor, Miss Anne Bancroft. [June 2005]
Parents are John Patrick and Frances Duke; her father was an alcoholic and left the family when Patty was very young.
Underwent single bypass heart surgery on November 3, 2004 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Sister of Ray Duke and Carol Duke Kennedy. Patty was the youngest of the three.
Early in her career, she appeared in television commercials, including one for the Remco Movieland Drive-In Theatre toy.
Won the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance for the 1959-1960 Broadway season. She was awarded this honor for her performance as Helen Keller in the stage version of "The Miracle Worker".
Grandmother of actress Ali Astin, Isabella Louise Astin and Elizabeth Louise Astin.
Has a gold record, "Please, Just Don't Stand There" (1965) in addition to her acting awards.
According to her book "Call Me Anna", she was pregnant and unmarried when she met Michael Tell and she married him to give the unborn child a name. Sean was conceived around the time she was involved with John Astin.
Her second marriage to Michael Tell came about suddenly during a particular virulent manic attack, ignited by a broken romance with Desi Arnaz Jr.. The marriage lasted 13 days.
She was the youngest actress at the time (12) to have her name above the marquee title on Broadway ("The Miracle Worker") and the youngest ever (16) to have a television series bearing her name (The Patty Duke Show (1963)).
Born at 10:39 PM EST.
President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (1985-1988).
Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
Having Babies III (1978)
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special
A Family Upside Down (1978)
Female Dramatic Performance
Me, Natalie (1969)
Golden Globes, USA
Best TV Star - Female
The Patty Duke Show (1963)
Musical Performance, Female
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)
The Patty Duke Show (1963)
Golden Globes, USA
Best Supporting Actress
The Miracle Worker (1962)
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[on her plans to speak out about her bypass operation, despite advice not to] My agent may say ix-nay on the bypass but I can't; that's me. It's more important for me to be myself.
[on where she keeps her Oscar] Oscar was a doorstop; Oscar was in the basement. I went through a period of false humility. I thought if I had Oscar out people would think I was full of myself. Now Oscar is in a beautiful etagere near my front door.
As the boys grew up, my manias took the form of irritability and unpredictable flashes of rage. It was intense.
Actors take risks all the time. We put ourselves on the line. It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words and breathe life into them.
A lot of us were under the impression that there is only one Sign Language and that it is international!
From the time Sean [son Sean Astin] was born, until I was diagnosed, I was murder to live with. I don't think I was marriage material at all until seven years ago.
For the first time, I lived alone... in a luxury apartment on Sunset Strip. For a few days I loved the idea, but I got lonely and restless.
[speaking of son Sean Astin and his role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy] We call that Sean's little independent movie.
I subscribe to the theory that says you're a product of all your experiences. And I am finally, most of the time, happy with the product. I now think it is OK to be Patty Duke.
I've beaten my own bad system, and on some days, most days, that feels like a miracle.
[on her wardrobe on The Patty Duke Show (1963)] Not only did I hate those clothes, but they put my name on some and successfully merchandised them, so a lot of other poor girls were walking around with the same ugly clothes I had to wear.
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