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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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Patty Duke.


1946 Birth Born on December 14, 1946.


1959 12 Years Old 1 More Event
At age 12 in 1959, Duke appeared on The $64,000 Question and won $32,000. … Read More
1961 14 Years Old In 1961 Duke returned to television, starring with Laurence Olivier and George C. Scott in a television production of The Power and the Glory.
1963 16 Years Old In 1963, Duke was given her own series, The Patty Duke Show, which Sidney Sheldon created especially for her. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old In 1965, Duke married her first husband, director Harry Falk, who was 13 years her senior. During their marriage, she had repeated mood swings, a symptom of bipolar disorder, and like many bipolar sufferers, she self-medicated; she drank heavily, became anorexic, and overdosed on pills a number of times. The couple separated in 1969 and were divorced on March 3, 1970.


1967 20 Years Old In 1967, with The Patty Duke Show cancelled, Duke attempted to leave her childhood success behind and begin her adult acting career by playing Neely O'Hara in Valley of the Dolls. … Read More
1969 22 Years Old Duke starred in Me, Natalie, a 1969 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 25 Years Old Duke and Astin were married in August 1972. Astin adopted Sean and the couple had another son, actor Mackenzie, 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 30 Years Old She received her second Emmy for the TV miniseries Captains and the Kings in 1977 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
1982 35 Years Old In 1982, Duke was cast alongside Richard Crenna in the ABC sitcom It Takes Two, from Soap and Benson creator Susan Harris. … Read More
…  She was later elected president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988, succeeding her Patty Duke Show co-star William Schallert. … Read More
While between series in 1986, Duke starred in the made-for-TV movie A Time to Triumph, the true story of Concetta Hassan, a middle-aged woman struggling to support her family after her construction worker husband suffers an on-the-job injury, eventually becoming a United States Army helicopter pilot.


1990 43 Years Old In 1990, Duke's autobiography, Call Me Anna, was adapted for television; she played herself from her mid-30s onward. … Read More
1992 45 Years Old Duke would later portray the mother of Meg Ryan's character in the 1992 film adaptation of the play Prelude to a Kiss.


1999 52 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. … Read More
2000 53 Years Old Duke gradually reduced her work schedule throughout the first decade of 2000, but took occasional TV and film roles.
2002 55 Years Old She returned to the New York stage in 2002, playing Aunt Eller in a revival of Oklahoma! … Read More
2004 57 Years Old On November 2, 2004, Duke announced that she would undergo single cardiac bypass surgery in Idaho. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old On October 4, 2007, Duke appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, talking about her bipolar disorder to a guest, advising the guest to seek out a support group.
In early 2009, Duke reprised her role(s) as Patty Lane and Cathy Lane in PSAs about retiring for The Social Security Administration.
2010 63 Years Old In 2010, Duke recorded a series of PSAs for the Social Security Administration to help promote applying online for Medicare, including one with George Takei.
In May 2011, Duke directed the stage version of The Miracle Worker at Interplayers Theater in Spokane, Washington.
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