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Overview (4)

Born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA  (sepsis)
Birth NameAnna Marie Duke
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. 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". 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 the early 1970s, she became a mother to actors Sean Astin (with writer Michael Yell) and Mackenzie Astin (with actor John Astin). 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) and Having Babies III (1978). She then won her third Emmy in the 1979 TV movie version of The Miracle Worker (1979), 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 Pearce, a drill sergeant whom she met while preparing for a role in the TV movie, A Time to Triumph (1986). 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 had a long and successful career, winning three Emmys. She was a mother and a political advocate for issues such as the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), AIDS and nuclear disarmament, all despite having Manic-Depression. She died on March 29, 2016, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Patty had proved her strength as an actress and as a person.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (4)

Spouse Michael Pearce (15 March 1986 - 29 March 2016)  (her death)  (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)
Children Mackenzie Astin
Sean Astin
Parents Frances Duke
John Patrick Duke
Relatives Ali Astin (grandchild)
Ray Duke (sibling)

Trade Mark (1)

Short stature

Trivia (46)

She had been diagnosed as being manic-depressive, and had 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 the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (1985-1988).
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)).
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 Astin was conceived around the time she was involved with John Astin. However, circa 1996, Sean discovered, via DNA testing, that Michael Tell is his biological father.
She earned a gold record for her single, "Don't Just Stand There", which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #6 on the Cash Box Chart. Her other charting singles on Billboard and Cash Box include "Say Something Funny" (#22 & #31), "Funny Little Butterflies" (#77 & #51) and "Whenever She Holds You" (#64 & #63). Her debut album, also titled "Don't Just Stand There," reached #90 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
Grandmother of actress Ali Astin, Isabella Louise Astin and Elizabeth Louise Astin.
Won the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance for her performance as Helen Keller in the stage version of "The Miracle Worker" during the 1959-1960 Broadway season.
Early in her career, she appeared in television commercials, including one for the Remco Movieland Drive-In Theatre toy.
Sister of Ray Duke and Carol Duke Kennedy. Patty was 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 John Patrick and Frances Duke; her father was an alcoholic and left the family when Patty was very young.
Spoke at the memorial service for her friend and mentor, Anne Bancroft. [June 2005]
She won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), making her one of 17 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2015). The other sixteen 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 Ben Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976), Robert De Niro for playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Jeremy Irons for playing Claus Von Bullow in Reversal of Fortune (1990), DrSusan 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 in Erin Brockovich (2000), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Sandra Bullock for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), Melissa Leo for playing Alice Eklund-Ward in The Fighter (2010), Christian Bale for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter (2010), Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) and most recently Eddie Redmayne for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014).dr.haing S.Ngor won in 1985 for playing Dith Pran in The Killing Fields.
Early in her career, she won the top prize on the game show The $64, 000 Question (1955).
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.
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 went by Patty Duke, to friends she was Anna (her birth name) Pearce (her married last name).
Moved, with husband Michael Pearce, to Idaho in 1990.
Her mother, Frances Duke, died in 1993.
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.
She had made guest appearances on both Hawaii Five-O (1968) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010).
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 17, 2004.
Received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida on December 14, 2007.
Received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland on March 6, 2010.
Gave birth to her first child at age 24, a son Sean Patrick Duke (aka Sean Astin) on February 25, 1971. Child's father is her second ex-husband, Michael Tell.
Gave birth to her second child at age 26, a son Mackenzie Alexander Astin (aka Mackenzie Astin) on May 12, 1973. Child's father is her third ex-husband, John Astin.
Became a grandmother for the first time at age 49 when her son Sean Astin and his wife Christine Astin welcomed a daughter, Ali Astin on November 27, 1996.
Became a grandmother for the second time at age 55 when her son Sean Astin and his wife Christine Astin welcomed a daughter, Elizabeth Louise Astin on August 6, 2002.
Became a grandmother for the third time at age 58 when her son Sean Astin and his wife Christine Astin welcomed a daughter, Isabella Louise Astin on July 22, 2005.
Was the 56th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for The Miracle Worker (1962) at The 35th Annual Academy Awards (1963) on April 8, 1963.
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.
Was friends with William Schallert.
Was one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Me, Natalie (1969). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
As a youngster, she would appear on amateur nights at the Elks club #878 in Elmhurst, Queens where she lived.
Her paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants. Her mother was of three quarters Irish and one quarter German ancestry.
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.
Underwent a hysterectomy in 1978 as she was a high risk for contracting cervical cancer.
Delivered her son Sean Astin via emergency Caesarean section after it was discovered during labor that he was in the breech position. Her second son Mackenzie Astin was delivered naturally.
Had a backstage feud with Suzanne Pleshette when they did "The Miracle Worker" on Broadway in 1961. A few years later, Patty threw fuel on the fire when she dated Suzanne's estranged husband Troy Donahue.
Was considered for the role of Captain Katherine Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Died exactly one month (March 29, 2016) before her first husband Harry Falk, who died April 29, 2016.
She was also an occasional singer and author.
She won her Oscar for a role in which she didn't speak.

Personal Quotes (11)

[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.

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