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Patty Duke

Duke in 1975
Born Anna Marie Duke
December 14, 1946(1946-12-14)
Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Died March 29, 2016(2016-03-29) (aged 69)
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Other names Patty Duke Astin
Anna Duke-Pearce
Occupation Actress, author, mental health advocate
Spouse 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)
Children Sean Astin
Mackenzie Astin
Kevin Pearce

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

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]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Patty Duke Biography". 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>