Patty Duke

Anna MariePattyDuke (born December 14, 1946) is an American actress, and first became famous as a child star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role in “The Miracle Worker“, later starring in her own sitcom “The Patty Duke Show and in the 1967 film “Valley of the Dolls“.

Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982; since then, she has devoted much of her time to advocating and educating the public on mental health issues.   She said receiving the diagnosis was a huge relief – that she never heard two better words than “manic depressive.” Lithium became her savior.

In 1985 she and actor John Astin were divorced, and in 1986 she married Michael Pearce, a military man. Her autobiography, Call Me Anna, was published in 1987, and a book on bipolar disorder written with medical reporter Gloria Hochman, “A Brilliant Madness”, in 1993.

Helen Keller with Patty Duke filming “The Miracle Worker”

 

 

 

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