Patty Duke

Patty Duke

Her role as Helen Keller in 'The Miracle Worker' (1962)
As a child star Duke was famous for her portrayal of Helen Keller in the 1962 film The Miracle Worker. She first played the role on Broadway in 1959, with Anne Bancroft as Keller's teacher Anne Sullivan; the film version won Oscars for both Duke and Bancroft. The Patty Duke Show, in which she played identical cousins from different backgrounds, was a hit from 1963-66. She continued her acting career into adulthood, making something of a specialty of TV movies. She was married to the actor John Astin (famous for playing Gomez on TV's The Addams Family) from 1972-85; their sons Sean and Mackenzie also are actors. In the early 1980s Duke was diagnosed with manic depression; in 1992 she published a book about the disease, A Brilliant Madness. Source: who2.com
Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.More Patty Duke quotes [09/23/2011 09:09:02]
I joke around a lot about the manic times because they're funny. We manics do outrageous things and it is part of our colorful nature.More Patty Duke quotes [09/23/2011 10:09:33]
I know that without treatment I would not have never been able to harness my creativity in such a successful way.More Patty Duke quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The doctors must tell you that one of the risks of surgery is that you might die. This poor doctor was talking to an actress. It was very dramatic to me. To him, it was just a thing he had to sayMore Patty Duke quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had been very close to Anne Bancroft when we worked together in The Miracle WorkerMore Patty Duke quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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