Patty Duke, Sitcom Star and Oscar Winner, Dies this Tuesday
Patty Duke, who won an Oscar for best supporting actress in The Miracle Worker as Helen Keller and featured on her own sitcom as two cousins, died Tuesday at the age of 69. The news was confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter.
Michael Pearce, her husband, told The New York Times that her death happened at a nearby hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, due to complications in a broken intestine that she had agonized Thursday.
Born on 14th Dec., 1946, Anna Marie Duke was raised in Elmhurst, N.Y. Her debut television appearance was in an episode of The Brighter Day in 1955. She played the title role in the 1958 movie The Goddess.
Duke was the youngest ever artist to receive the Oscar; she received the award in 1963 when she was just 16. During her career so far, she also claimed 3 Emmy Awards in 10 nominations.
Also when she was 16, she became the youngest start to have a TV series in her own name. It was the most popular The Patty Duke Show which was broadcasted three seasons on ABC. In 1964, Duke was nominated for an Emmy.
Her film career was periodic, climaxing with her first main production, The Miracle Worker (1962), and getting the most consideration with Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Duke’s other films involved Amazing Love (2012), Bigger Than the Sky (2005), Prelude to a Kiss (1992), The Hitch-Hikers (1989), Willy/Milly (1986), By Design (1981) and Happy Anniversary (1959).
Duke married to Addams Family star John Astin from 1972 to 1985. Astin adopted Sean, and the couple had Mackenzie together.
Duke claimed huge praise from critics when she performed as a deaf-blind-mute girl. When she was 13, her name was elevated above the play title, considered to be the 1st to do so much at that younger age, and as a most promising newcomer, she claimed the Theater World Award.