Patty Duke

Born Dec 14, 1946

Anna Marie "Patty" Duke is an American actress of stage, film, and television. First becoming famous as a child star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16, and later starring in her eponymous sitcom for three years, she progressed to more mature roles upon playing Neely O'Hara in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. She was later elected president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.… Read More

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  • Final Home Of Hollywood Legend Patty Duke Up For Sale In Idaho
    Fox News - Sep 21, 2016
  • William Schallert, Dad On 'patty Duke Show' Dies
    CNN - May 13, 2016
  • Patty Duke Remembered At Memorial Service
    ABC News - Apr 17, 2016
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1946 Birth Born in 1946.


In 1959, at the age of 12, Duke appeared on The $64,000 Question and won $32,000; her category of expertise was spelling. … Read More
1962 16 Years Old The play was subsequently made into a 1962 film, for which Duke received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. … Read More
1963 17 Years Old Duke's own series, The Patty Duke Show, which Sidney Sheldon created especially for her, began airing in September 1963. … Read More
1965 19 Years Old Duke was married four times and had three children. In 1965, Duke married director Harry Falk, who was 13 years her senior. During their marriage, she had repeated mood swings, drank heavily, became anorexic and overdosed on pills a number of times. The couple divorced in 1969.


1966 20 Years Old After the cancellation of The Patty Duke Show in 1966, Duke began her adult acting career by playing Neely O'Hara in Valley of the Dolls (1967). … Read More
1969 23 Years Old In 1969, Duke starred in Me, Natalie, a film in which she played an "ugly duckling" Brooklyn teenager struggling to make a life for herself in the Bohemian world in Greenwich Village. … Read More
Duke returned to television in 1970, starring in a made-for-TV movie, My Sweet Charlie. … Read More
1972 26 Years Old Duke married John Astin in August 1972. Astin adopted Sean and the couple had another son, actor Mackenzie Astin, in 1973. Duke and Astin worked together extensively during their marriage and she took his name professionally, becoming "Patty Duke Astin". The couple divorced in 1985.


1977 31 Years Old She received her second Emmy in 1977 for the TV miniseries Captains and the Kings and her third in 1980 for a TV version of her 1979 stage revival of The Miracle Worker, this time playing Anne Sullivan to Melissa Gilbert's Helen Keller. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Duke also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old Duke married her fourth husband, drill sergeant Michael Pearce, in 1986. … Read More
1990 44 Years Old In 1990, Duke's autobiography, Call Me Anna, was adapted for television; she played herself from her mid-30s onward.
1992 46 Years Old In 1992, Duke portrayed the mother of Meg Ryan's character in the film adaptation of the play Prelude to a Kiss.


1999 53 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1999, the program's characters were revisited and updated in The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' In Brooklyn Heights, with Cindy Williams taking on the villain role of Sue Ellen Turner when Kitty Sullivan was unable to reprise her role.
2002 56 Years Old She also returned to the stage on occasion—in 2002 as Aunt Eller in a revival of Oklahoma! on Broadway and in 2009 as Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of the musical Wicked. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old On August 17, 2004, Duke received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion picture industry.


2006 60 Years Old William Schallert, who died six weeks after Duke, portrayed her father, Martin; Jean Byron, who died in 2006, portrayed her mother, Natalie; Paul O'Keefe portrayed her younger brother, Ross and Eddie Applegate portrayed her boyfriend Richard Harrison.
2007 61 Years Old On December 14, 2007, her 61st birthday, Duke was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters degree from the University of North Florida for her work in advancing awareness of mental health issues.
2010 64 Years Old On March 6, 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
2016 70 Years Old 1 More Event
From her marriage to Pearce until her death in 2016, Duke occasionally used the name "Anna Duke-Pearce" in her writings and other professional work. … Read More
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