Patty Duke
Actress
Patty Duke
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.
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William Christopher, Father Mulcahy On 'M.A.S.H.,' Dies At 84
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Actor William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on “M.A.S.H.,” died Saturday at his Pasadena, California, home from cancer, according to KABC. Christopher, 84, had a long career on stage and screen, with appearances in some of the most beloved TV series of the 1960s, including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Patty Duke Show,” “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” and “Hogan’s Heroes.” The Illinois native also toured in 1997 with “M.A.S.H.” co-star Jamie Farr in a production of “The Odd Couple.”  But he is best known for his role on “M.A.S.H.” from 1972 to ‘83 and in its 1983-85 “AfterMASH spinoff,” a part that would define his career as he would later play similar characters.  He said the typecasting never bothered him. “Actors always expect that their job will end and then they are out of work,” he told PennLive in 2009. “It’s a lot more fun to be working than to be out of work.” Although it was a comedy set during the Korean War, “M.A.S.H.” was often viewed as a commentary on ...
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Final Home of Hollywood Legend Patty Duke Up for Sale in Idaho
Fox News - 5 months
The Idaho home actress Patty Duke shared with her husband, Mike Pearce, is now on the market for $398,000. Duke died in March. The post Final Home of Hollywood Legend Patty Duke Up for Sale in Idaho appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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William Schallert, dad on 'Patty Duke Show' dies
CNN - 10 months
William Schallert, a familiar face in television and film thanks to roles on "The Patty Duke Show," "Star Trek," and many more, died on Sunday at age 93, his son said.
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Patty Duke Remembered at Memorial Service
ABC News - 10 months
Her family held a service open to all in Idaho.
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Letters to Calendar
LATimes - 11 months
Patty Duke remembered Thank you, Kenneth Turan, for your article on Anna ["My Time With Anna: Patty Duke's Stories Still Reverberate," March 20]. I loved watching "The Patty Duke Show" as a child and wished she could have been my friend. Many years later, I saw her at the old Ship's Coffee Shop...
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"Sunday Morning" ​Passage: Patty Duke
CBS News - 11 months
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Fresh Air Remembers Actress Patty Duke
NPR - 11 months
Duke won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's The Miracle Worker. She died Tuesday at the age of 69. Originally broadcast in 1988.
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Video: Remembering Patty Duke
NYTimes - 11 months
Ms. Duke was at one time one of the best-known young actors in the world.
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Patty Duke's Talent, Bravery Recalled; Actress Dies at 69 - ABC News
Google News - 11 months
Washington Post Patty Duke's Talent, Bravery Recalled; Actress Dies at 69 ABC News The courage that a teenage Patty Duke portrayed on-screen as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" was breathtaking and Oscar-winning. Duke's own gritty struggle against bipolar disorder was equally admired. She opened up about her condition at a time ... Patty Duke dies at age 69; Oscar-winning actress and mental health advocateLos Angeles Times Patty Duke: A split-screen lifePhilly.com Patty Duke dies at age 69 of burst intestine: Son shares how he deals with lossExaminer.com NOLA.com -The Denver Post -Alaska Dispatch News -San Francisco Examiner all 443 news articles »
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Patty Duke dies at age 69; Oscar-winning actress and mental health advocate
LATimes - 11 months
Patty Duke came to fame as a teenager, combining both a masterful talent for dramatic acting with a sunny, all-American image that enchanted both TV and film audiences. But her admirers had no clue about the much-uglier reality of Duke's childhood, marred by nightmarish abuse and exploitation....
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Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies, age 69
Reuters.com - 11 months
(Reuters) - Oscar-winning American actress Patty Duke, widely known for the 1960s show "The Patty Duke Show," died on Tuesday, her representative told Reuters. She was 69 years old.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patty Duke
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Duke had three granddaughters by her eldest son Sean: actress Alexandra "Ali" Astin, Elizabeth and Isabella.
    Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69.
    More Details Hide Details Sean invited the public to contribute to a mental health foundation in his mother's name, the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative. Numbers indicate Billboard chart peak positions
  • 2010
    Age 63
    On March 6, 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
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  • 2007
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    On August 17, 2004, Duke received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion picture industry.
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  • 2002
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2011, Duke directed the stage version of The Miracle Worker at Interplayers Theater in Spokane, Washington. In 2011, Duke appeared in public service announcements for the U.S. government, promoting the social security website. In several, she appeared as Patty and Cathy using split-screen effects. In others, she appeared with George Takei wearing a Star Trek-like costume. Duke had a successful singing career, including two Top 40 hits in 1965, "Don't Just Stand There" (#8) and "Say Something Funny" (#22). She also performed on TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1987, Duke revealed in her autobiography that she had been diagnosed with manic depression (now called bipolar disorder) in 1982, becoming one of the first public figures to speak out about personal experience of mental health. Her treatment, which included lithium as a medication and therapy, stabilized her and she became an activist for numerous mental health causes. She lobbied the United States Congress and joined forces with the National Institute of Mental Health and National Alliance on Mental Illness in order to increase awareness, funding and research for people with mental illness. In 2007, Duke appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, talking about her bipolar disorder.
  • 1999
    Age 52
    Duke received an Emmy nomination in 1999 for her appearances in three episodes of Touched by an Angel.
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    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 45
    In 1992, Duke portrayed the mother of Meg Ryan's character in the film adaptation of the play Prelude to a Kiss.
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  • 1990
    Age 43
    In 1990, Duke's autobiography, Call Me Anna, was adapted for television; she played herself from her mid-30s onward.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    Duke married her fourth husband, drill sergeant Michael Pearce, in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Duke and Pearce had met during the production of A Time to Triumph, for which Pearce served as a consultant. The couple moved to Hayden, Idaho and adopted a son, Kevin, who was born in 1988.
  • 1985
    Age 38
    In 1985, Duke was the second woman, after Kathleen Nolan, to be elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, a post she held until 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Her tenure as president was marked by factional in-fighting and controversy, however she gained respect for managing to maintain solidarity amongst members. During her term, she led industrial actions and contract negotiations and oversaw the relocation of the guild's headquarters. Duke gradually reduced her work schedule in the 2000s, but took occasional TV roles, including guest appearances on shows such as Glee and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0. In 2015, Duke made her final TV appearance, guest-starring as Grandma Janice and Great-aunt Hilary, a pair of identical twins on Liv and Maddie. In 2011, she joined the cast of the drama The Protector.
    Duke also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, after which she devoted much of her time to advocating for and educating the public on mental health issues. Duke was born Anna Marie Duke in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, the youngest of three children of Frances Margaret (McMahon; June 7, 1913April 6, 1993), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke (May 9, 1913February 6, 1964), a handyman and cab driver. She was of Irish, and more distant German, descent. Duke, her brother Raymond, and her sister Carol experienced a difficult childhood. Their father was an alcoholic, and their mother suffered from clinical depression and was prone to violence. When Duke was six, her mother forced her father to leave the family home. When Duke was eight, her care was turned over to talent managers John and Ethel Ross, who, after promoting Patty's brother, were looking for a girl to add to their stable of child actors.
  • 1977
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her turns in the made-for-TV movies The Women's Room (1980) and George Washington (1984) both garnered her Emmy nominations. In the 1980s, Duke was cast in a number of short-lived TV series: the ABC sitcom It Takes Two, from Soap and Benson creator Susan Harris—which was cancelled after one season-- Hail To The Chief, in which she appeared as the first female President of the United States and a comedy, Karen's Song, which aired on the fledgling Fox network. Duke's film roles in the 1980s included the Canadian film By Design (1981), which garnered her a Genie Award nomination for Best Foreign Actress, and the made-for-TV movie A Time to Triumph (1986), the true story of Concetta Hassan, a woman who struggles to support her family after her husband is injured but who eventually becomes a United States Army helicopter pilot.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 23
    Their marriage lasted 13 days before ending in an annulment on July 9, 1970; Duke said the marriage was never consummated.
    More Details Hide Details Duke's son, actor Sean Astin, was born on February 25, 1971. Though Duke said in her 1987 autobiography that Astin was the biological father, she later stated that she had always believed that Arnaz Jr. was his biological father. It turned out neither statement was correct; in 1994, Sean Astin underwent biological testing to determine his paternity and the results showed that Astin's father is actually Tell.
    In June 1970, Duke learned she was pregnant and married Michael Tell on June 26, 1970, in order to "give (her child) a name".
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    In early 1970, at the age of 23, Duke dated then-Here's Lucy star, 17-year-old Desi Arnaz, Jr. The couple's relationship was widely publicised, due in part to the vocal and public opposition of Arnaz's mother, actress Lucille Ball.
    More Details Hide Details By late spring, Duke and Arnaz had broken off their relationship and she began dating actor John Astin, who was 16 years her senior. Around the same time, Duke developed an intimate relationship with rock promoter Michael Tell.
    Duke returned to television in 1970, starring in a made-for-TV movie, My Sweet Charlie.
    More Details Hide Details Her portrayal of a pregnant teenager on the run won Duke her first Emmy Award. Her acceptance speech was rambling, angry and disjointed, leading many in the industry to believe she was drunk or using drugs at the moment. In fact, Duke was experiencing a manic phase of her bipolar disorder, which would remain undiagnosed until 1982.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Duke won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) for the role.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 19
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The film was a box-office success, but audiences and critics had a difficult time accepting all-American-teenager Duke as an alcoholic, drug-addicted singing star. While the film has since become a camp classic—thanks in large part to Duke's over-the-top performance—at the time, it almost ruined her career.
  • 1965
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 16
    Duke's own series, The Patty Duke Show, which Sidney Sheldon created especially for her, began airing in September 1963.
    More Details Hide Details At that time, it was not known that Duke, who was 16 when the series began, had bipolar disorder, but Sheldon did notice that she had two distinct sides to her personality and thus developed the concept of identical cousins with contrasting personalities. Duke portrayed both main characters: Patricia "Patty" Lane, a fun-loving American teenager who occasionally got into minor trouble at school and home and her "prim and proper" "identical cousin" from Scotland, Catherine "Cathy" Lane.
  • 1962
    Age 15
    The play was subsequently made into a 1962 film, for which Duke received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
    More Details Hide Details At 16, Duke was the youngest person at that time to have received an Academy Award in a competitive category. Duke returned to television, this time starring with Laurence Olivier and George C. Scott in a television production of The Power and the Glory (1961).
  • 1959
    Age 12
    Duke's first major starring role was playing Helen Keller (with Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan) in the Broadway play The Miracle Worker, which ran from October 1959 to July 1961.
    More Details Hide Details During the run, Duke's name was elevated to above the play's name on the theatre's billboard, believed to be the first time this had been done for such a young star.
    Also in 1959, Duke appeared in a television adaptation of Meet Me in St. Louis as Tootie Smith, the role that had been originated in the film version by Margaret O'Brien.
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    In 1959, at the age of 12, Duke appeared on The $64,000 Question and won $32,000; her category of expertise was spelling.
    More Details Hide Details In 1962, it was revealed that the game show had been rigged, and she was called to testify before a panel of the United States Senate. Duke eventually testified to Congressional investigators – and broke to tears when she admitted she'd been coached to speak falsely, an incident Sonny Fox described when interviewed for the PBS program reviewing the quiz scandals.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born in 1946.
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