Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Patty Duke

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Very sad news...

Patty Duke, seared in popular memory as Helen Keller opposite the Annie Sullivan of Anne Bancroft in both the 1959 Broadway premiere of The Miracle Worker and in Arthur Penn’s 1962 film, has died. 

Duke, whose real name was Anna Pearce, also enchanted a generation of 1960s television viewers in her dual portrayal of look-alike cousins — the cheeky, all-American teen Patty and the sober, formal Cathy, on The Patty Duke Show, which ran on ABC for 104 episodes, beginning in 1963. 

Duke won an Oscar as best supporting actress for The Miracle Worker — the youngest actress at the time to be so honored — and served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1985 to 1988.

The theme song to "The Patty Duke Show" will forever be in my brain...and I'm okay with that.

She had a great career and will definitely be missed.

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