Patty Duke

Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (December 14, 1946[1] – March 29, 2016) was an American stage, television and movie actress. She was born in Manhattan, New York City.[1] Duke was married to actor John Astin and had two children; Mackenzie Astin and Sean Astin.

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Duke in 1975
Anna Marie Duke

(1946-12-14)December 14, 1946
DiedMarch 29, 2016(2016-03-29) (aged 69)
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Other namesPatty Duke Astin
Anna Duke-Pearce
OccupationActress, author, mental health advocate
Spouse(s)Harry Falk
(m. 1965-1969, divorced)
Michael Tell
(m. 1970-1970, annulled)
John Astin
(m. 1972-1985, divorced)
Michael Pearce
(m. 1986-2016, her death)
ChildrenSean Astin
Mackenzie Astin
Kevin Pearce
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded byEdward Asner
Succeeded byBarry Gordon

In 1963, at age 16, Duke won the Academy Award for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.[2] At the time, she was the youngest person to win the award.[1]

On March 29, 2016, Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She was 69 years old.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Patty Duke Biography". Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  2. "Academy Awards Database". Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  3. "Patty Duke, Oscar-Winning Actress and TV Star, Dies at 69". Variety. 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2016-03-29.