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Patty Duke

Highest Rated:   100% The Miracle Worker (1962)
Lowest Rated:   13% Bigger Than the Sky (2005)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
13% 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 Cries from the Heart
  • Terry Walser
1994
No Score Yet Touch of Truth
  • Terry Walser
1994
No Score Yet Family of Strangers
  • Beth
1993
No Score Yet A Killer Among Friends
  • Actor
1992
61% Prelude to a Kiss
  • Mrs. Boyle
1992
No Score Yet Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive
  • Jean Williams
1992
No Score Yet Last Wish
  • Betty Rollin
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
13% 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 Captains and the Kings
  • Bernadette Hennessey Armagh
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
31% 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
No Score Yet The 4D Man
  • Marjorie Sutherland
1959
No Score Yet The Goddess
  • Emily Ann Faulkner (age 8)
1958
82% Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow
  • Actor
1955

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Jan
  • 2013
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Sylvia Spencer
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Protector
2011
  • Beverly
  • 2011
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1997

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