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.IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
|Michael Pearce||(15 March 1986 - present) 1 child|
|John Astin||(5 August 1972 - 3 November 1985) (divorced) 1 child|
|Michael Tell||(26 June 1970 - 9 July 1970) (annulled) 1 child|
|Harry Falk||(26 November 1965 - 24 March 1970) (divorced)|
She has been diagnosed as being manic-depressive, and has co-authored a book about the disorder, "A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness"
Adopted a son, Kevin Pearce (born 1988), with Michael Pearce.
President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1985-1988]
Born at 10:39 PM EST.
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 TV series bearing her name ("The Patty Duke Show" (1963)).
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.
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.
Has a gold record, 1965's "Please, Just Don't Stand There" in addition to her acting awards.
Grandmother of actress Alexandra Astin, Isabella Louise Astin and Elizabeth Louise Astin.
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.".
Early in her career, she appeared in television commercials, including one for the Remco Movieland Drive-In Theatre (at your favorite toy store...only $5.98).
Sister of Ray Duke and Carol Duke Kennedy. Patty is the youngest of the three.
Underwent single bypass heart surgery on November 3, 2004 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Parents are Frances and John Patrick Duke; her father was an alcoholic and left the family when Patty was very young.
Spoke at the memorial service for her beloved friend and mentor, Miss Anne Bancroft, in June 2005.
She won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), making her one of 12 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2007). The other ten actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938); Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941); Jason Robards for playing Benjamin C. Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976); Robert De Niro for playing Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980); Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980); Jeremy Irons for playing Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990) (1990); Susan Sarandon for playing Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995); Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996); Julia Roberts for playing Erin Brockovich-Ellis in Erin Brockovich (2000); Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001/I); and, most recently, Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006).
Early in her career, she won the top prize on the "The $64,000 Question" (1955) game show.
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 the age of 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.
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.
Though she professionally still goes by Patty Duke, to friends she is Anna (her birth name) Pearce (her married last name).
Moved, with husband Michael Pearce, to Idaho in 1990.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August, 2004.
Her mother, Frances Duke, died in 1993.
Sean Patrick Astin was born February 25, 1971, in Santa Monica, California to Patty Duke. It 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.
[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.
I've beaten my own bad system, and on some days, most days, that feels like a miracle.
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.
[speaking of son Sean Astin and his role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy] We call that Sean's little independent movie.
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.
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.
A lot of us were under the impression that there is only one Sign Language and that it is international!
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.
As the boys grew up, my manias took the form of irritability and unpredictable flashes of rage. It was intense.
[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.
[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.
(January 2003) Appearing on Broadway in "Oklahoma".
(October 2003) Currently starring as Mama Rose in 'Gypsy' in Washington State
(February 2005) She will be starring in a National Tour of Golda's Balcony, starting in Oct 2005.
(April 2009) Playing Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of "Wicked" at the historic Orpheum Theatre.
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