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Patty Duke (b. 1946)

The Miracle Worker, The Patty Duke Show.



  • Underwent heart-bypass surgery in 2004.
  • Sustained serious head injuries, in 2002, when clocked by a horse.
  • Diagnosed manic-depressive.
  • 1962 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner, at age 16, for The Miracle Worker.
  • Eight-time Emmy nominee, including one nod for The Patty Duke Show; three-time winner.
  • Mother of Mackenzie Astin and Sean Astin.
  • Dated Desi Arnaz Jr. in the early 1970s, when she was over 18, and he was not.
  • Billed as Patty Duke Astin during her 1972-1985 marriage to John Astin.
  • Author of 1987 memoir, Don't Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke, retold in the 1990 TV-movie of the same name.
  • Married to second husband Michael Tell for 13 days in 1970.
  • As a pre-teen, called before the U.S. Senate to testify about being plied with answers for her 1958 quiz-show appearances on The $64,000 Question.
  • Screen Actors Guild president, 1985-1988.


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  • TV Tome: The Patty Duke Show
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