Oscar winning actress Patty Duke became famous at her teen age. Her powerful dramatic acting and charismatic image enchanted the audiences but behind this image was a little girl fighting abuse and exploitation- the ugly reality which was unknown to her fans.
In 1982, Duke herself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After this, she started educating public on mental health issues.
The on-screen Hellen Keller of The Miracle Worker was born in Elmhurst, New York, on December 14, 1946. She was raised by an alcoholic father and mother who suffered from a major depression which was prone to violence. At the age of eight, Patty came under the care and guidance of John and Ethel Ross. They were the ones who introduced her to acting. Later, Duke stated that she was given drugs and was sexually molested by the brothers.
She began her acting career with commercials, then a few roles in movies but that too in bits and parts. Duke’s major breakthrough was to get the role as Helen Keller of The Miracle Worker in the Broadway version. She bagged the Golden Globe for the promising newcomer, Academy Award for best supporting actress. She became the first youngest person to win the Oscar. The Patty Duke Show was created by Sidney Sheldon especially for her. Sheldon didn’t know about her bipolar disorder but he noticed two very distinct personalities in her. It was then he developed the idea of identical cousins with contrasting personalities. The show lasted for three seasons and she also got an Emmy nomination for it. Duke won her second Golden Globe for Me, Natalie. She won the Emmy Award for a mini series known as Captains and the Kings and My Sweet Charlie. The third Emmy Award was the small screen version of The Miracle Worker where she played the role of Anne Sullivan. Duke later became the president of
Spouse: Michael Pearce Children : Sean Astin Mackenzie Astin Kevin Pearce
(FAN OF Mrs. PATTY DUKE)
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