Biography

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 Tell) 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 Pierce, 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.

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 Tell) 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 Pierce, 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 108

Birthday 1946-12-14

Day of Death 2016-03-29

Place of Birth Elmhurst, Queens, New York, United States

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Also Known As

  • Anna Marie Duke
  • Patty Duke-Astin
  • Anna Pearce

Acting TV ShowsMovies

A Time to Triumph
2012 Amazing Love as Helen
2010 Unanswered Prayers as Irene
2010 Hawaii Five-0 (1 episode)
2009 Drop Dead Diva (1 episode)
2009 Love Finds A Home as Mary
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door as Bridget Connolly
2005 Bigger Than the Sky as Mrs. Keene / Earlene
2003 Sex at 24 Frames Per Second
2002 Little John as Sylvia
2001 Good Day Live (1 episode)
2001 Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story as Anne Kincaid
2001 First Years (1 episode)
2000 Love Lessons as Sunny Andrews
2000 Kimberly as Dr. Feinstenberger
2000 Backstory (1 episode) as Herself - Interviewee
1999 A Season for Miracles as Angel
1999 Family Law (1 episode)
1999 Judging Amy (1 episode)
1999 The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights as Patty Lane / Cathy Lane MacAllister
1998 When He Didn't Come Home as Faye Dolan
1997 A Christmas Memory as Sook
1996 To Face Her Past as Beth Bradfield
1996 Harvest of Fire as Annie Beiler
1996 Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah as Natalie Porter
1995 Amazing Grace (5 episodes) as Hannah Miller
1994 Cries from the Heart as Terry
1994 Touched by an Angel (3 episodes)
1994 One Woman's Courage as Grace McKenna
1994 Intimate Portrait (1 episode)
1993 A Matter of Justice as Mary Brown
1993 No Child of Mine as Lucille Jenkins
1993 Frasier (1 episode) as Guest Caller - Alice
1993 Family of strangers as Beth
1992 A Killer Among Friends as Jean Monroe
1992 Prelude to a Kiss as Mrs. Boyle
1992 Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive as Jean Williams
1991 The Torkelsons (1 episode)
1991 Absolute Strangers as Judge Ray
1990 Always Remember I Love You as Ruth Monroe
1990 Call Me Anna as Anna Marie Duke/ Patty Duke
1989 Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure as Carolyn Henry
1989 Amityville: The Evil Escapes as Nancy Evans
1988 Fatal Judgement as Anne Capute
1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace as Althea Sloan
1987 J.J. Starbuck (1 episode)
1987 Karen's Song (13 episodes) as Karen Matthews
1987 Fight for Life as Shirley Abrams
1986 Willy/Milly as Doris Niceman
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation as Martha Washington
1985 Hail to the Chief (7 episodes) as President Julia Mansfield
1984 George Washington (3 episodes) as Martha Washington
1984 Best Kept Secrets as Laura Dietz
1983 September Gun as Sister Dulcina
1983 Hotel (1 episode)
1982 It Takes Two (22 episodes) as Molly Quinn
1982 By Design as Helen
1981 Please Don't Hit Me, Mom as Barbara Reynolds
1981 The Girl on the Edge of Town as Martha
1980 The Babysitter as Liz Benedict
1980 The Women's Room as Lily
1979 The Miracle Worker as Anne Sullivan
1979 Before and After
1979 Hanging By a Thread as Sue
1978 The Swarm as Rita
1978 A Family Upside Down as Wendy
1977 The Storyteller as Sue Davidoff
1977 Killer on Board as Norma Walsh
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode)
1977 Curse of the Black Widow as Laura Lockwood
1977 Fire! as Dr. Peggy Wilson (as Patty Duke Astin)
1976 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby as Rosemary Woodhouse
1976 Captains and the Kings (8 episodes) as Bernadette Hennessey Armagh
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 Hard Day at Blue Nose
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1972 You'll Like My Mother as Francesca Kinsolving
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 Ghost Story (1 episode)
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1972 She Waits
1971 If Tomorrow Comes as Eileen Phillips
1971 Two on a Bench as Macy Kramer
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1970 My Sweet Charlie as Marlene Chambers
1969 Me, Natalie as Natalie Miller
1968 Journey to the Unknown (1 episode) as Barbara King
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1967 Valley of the Dolls as Neely O'Hara
1967 Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage as Interviewee
1966 The Daydreamer as Thumbelina
1965 Billie as Billie
1964 Shindig! (2 episodes)
1963 The Patty Duke Show (104 episodes) as Patty Lane (104 episodes) as Cathy Lane
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1962 The Miracle Worker as Helen Keller
1961 The Power and the Glory as Coral
1961 The New Breed (1 episode)
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1959 4D Man as Marjorie Sutherland
1959 Meet Me in St. Louis as 'Tootie' Smith
1959 Happy Anniversary as Debbie Walters
1958 The Goddess as Emily Ann Faulkner (Child)
1958 Kitty Foyle (120 episodes) as Molly Scharf
1956 The Perry Como Show (1 episode)
1953 The Academy Awards (4 episodes)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (3 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)

Writing

1990 Call Me Anna Book

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