Patty Duke

Patty Duke

Highest Rated: 100% The Miracle Worker (1962)

Lowest Rated: 11% The Swarm (1978)

Birthday: Dec 14, 1946

Birthplace: Elmhurst, New York, USA

American actress Patty Duke (born December 14, 1946) was groomed almost from infancy for a starring career by her manager/guardian John Ross. She studied at the Quintano School for Young Professionals and earned her Equity card at age seven, appearing in numerous TV productions and in such Hollywood films as I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), The Goddess (1958) (playing young Kim Stanley, the "Marilyn Monroe" character in that film), and Happy Anniversary (1959). Duke also appeared as a quiz-show contestant, and was later compelled to testify as to her honesty during the cheating scandals of 1958 and 1959. Just before her 13th birthday, Duke made her stage debut in the role of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker; the production won the girl instant stardom and later an Academy Award for the film version of Miracle Worker (1962). Manager John Ross very carefully monitored Duke's public appearances, making certain the world saw her as a sweet, uncomplicated young lady. The truth was that Duke was terribly unhappy, feeling pressured into performing and into suppressing her own emotions. That's not what the world saw in the three seasons of The Patty Duke Show (1963-1966), a sitcom wherein the young actress literally talked to herself in the dual role of cousins Patty and Cathy Lane. She became cynical with stardom in a hurry, and in a bold act of defiance, 18-year-old Duke married a man twice her age, director Harry Falk Jr. Her first grown-up role as a Judy Garland type in Valley of the Dolls (1967) was panned, and it was suggested that she'd lost her talent. The next few years she was cast in a series of unsuccessful films but made a strong comeback with the 1969 TV movie My Sweet Charlie, which won her the first of three Emmys; the others being for the miniseries Captains and the Kings(1976) and a remake of The Miracle Worker (1979) in which she played the role of Annie Sullivan, co-starring with Melissa Gilbert as Helen Keller. In 1972 she married actor John Astin. He raised her son, Sean Astin (actually the biological son of music promoter Michael Tell), as his own; they had Mackenzie Astin together. Duke also briefly changed her professional name to Patty Duke Astin. The Astins worked together prolifically for the duration of their marriage (which eventually ended in divorce). Building up her self-confidence and completely rebuilding her reputation in the '80s, Patty Duke served from 1985 through 1988 as president of the Screen Actor's Guild (the second woman to do so), starred in three separate network sitcoms, and wrote her harrowing best-selling memoirs, Call Me Anna, which in 1990 was adapted into a TV movie that she co-produced and starred in.In 2002, Duke returned to the stage to play Aunt Eller in a production of Oklahoma!, and appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007 to discuss living with bipolar disorder. The actress replaced Carol Cane as Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of Wicked in 2009, and joined the cast of The Protector (a short-lived drama from Lifetime) in 2011. Her final role was in a 2015 episode of the Disney channel show Liv and Maddie, fittingly playing a set of identical twins. Duke died in 2016, at age 69.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Power of the Air Charlene Summers 2018
No Score Yet Amazing Love Helen 2012
No Score Yet Unanswered Prayers Irene 2010
No Score Yet Love Finds a Home Mary 2009
No Score Yet Together Again for the First Time Actor 2007
No Score Yet Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Bridget Connolly 2006
12% Bigger Than the Sky Mrs. Keene/Earlene 2005
No Score Yet Daddy Who? Actor 2005
No Score Yet Murder Without Conviction Mother Joseph 2004
No Score Yet Little John Sylvia 2002
No Score Yet Love Lessons Sunny Andrews 2000
No Score Yet Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story Anne Kincaid 2000
No Score Yet Child Stars: Their Story Actor 2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests Actor 2000
No Score Yet A Season for Miracles Angel 1999
No Score Yet Daddy Who? (Kimberly) Dr. Feinstenberger 1999
No Score Yet The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights Executive Producer Patty and Cathy Lane 1999
No Score Yet When He Didn't Come Home Fay Dolan 1998
No Score Yet A Christmas Memory Sook 1997
No Score Yet Harvest of Fire Annie Beiler 1996
No Score Yet Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah Natalie Porter 1996
No Score Yet One Woman's Courage Grace McKenna 1994
No Score Yet Touch of Truth Terry Walser 1994
No Score Yet Cries from the Heart Terry Walser 1994
No Score Yet Family of Strangers Beth 1993
No Score Yet A Killer Among Friends Actor 1992
63% Prelude to a Kiss Mrs. Boyle 1992
No Score Yet Last Wish Betty Rollin 1992
No Score Yet Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive Jean Williams 1992
No Score Yet Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Carolyn Henry 1989
No Score Yet Amityville: The Evil Escapes Nancy Evans 1989
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace Althea Sloan 1988
No Score Yet Fight for Life Shirley Abrams 1987
No Score Yet A Time to Triumph Concetta 1986
No Score Yet George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Actor 1986
No Score Yet George Washington Martha 1984
No Score Yet Secrets Bien Gardés Laura Dietz 1984
No Score Yet September Gun Actor 1983
No Score Yet Please Don't Hit Me, Mom Barbara Reynolds 1982
No Score Yet By Design Helen Hunter 1981
No Score Yet The Babysitter Liz Benedict 1980
No Score Yet The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan 1979
No Score Yet Hanging by a Thread Sue Grainger 1979
11% The Swarm Rita Bard 1978
No Score Yet A Family Upside Down Wendy 1978
No Score Yet Fire! Peggy Wilson 1977
No Score Yet Curse of the Black Widow Actor 1977
No Score Yet Killer on Board Actor 1977
No Score Yet Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby II) Rosemary Woodhouse 1976
No Score Yet You'll Like My Mother Francesca Kinsolving 1972
No Score Yet She Waits Laura Wilson 1971
No Score Yet My Sweet Charlie Marlene Chambers 1970
No Score Yet Me, Natalie Natalie Miller 1969
35% Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara 1967
No Score Yet The Daydreamer Thumbelina 1966
No Score Yet Billie Billie Carol 1965
100% The Miracle Worker Helen Keller 1962
80% The 4D Man Marjorie Sutherland 1959
No Score Yet The Goddess Emily Ann Faulkner (age 8) 1958
83% Somebody Up There Likes Me Actor 1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow Actor 1955


No Score Yet Liv and Maddie: Cali Style
Grandma Janice 2015
71% Glee
Jan 2013
72% Drop Dead Diva
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
Sylvia Spencer 2011
No Score Yet The Protector
Beverly 2011
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Valerie Bing 2004
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Dr. Jean 2003
94% Frasier
Guest 1997
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Susan 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Holly 1971
0% Amazing Grace
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