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Patty Duke

Born: 1946-12-14 - Died: 2016-03-29
Cause of Death:
Sepsis


Death Summary: Patty Duke died in a hospital in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho at the age of 69 from Sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

The Hollywood Reporter shared a statement from her family saying, "This morning, our beloved wife, mother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian and champion of mental health, Anna Patty Duke, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place. We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life."

Who was Patty Duke : Patty Duke was an actress best known for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, The Patty Duke Show in which she played two identical cousins, and Valley of the Dolls in which she played Neely O'Hara. She had 20 film credits and roughly 60 television credits to her name. Among her other films were The Goddess, The Swarm, Willy/Milly, The Amityville Horror 4 - The Evil Escapes, Prelude to a Kiss, and Amazing Love. On television, she appeared in various episodes of The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, Night Gallery, Touched by an Angel, Glee, and numerous TV movies.

Throughout her career, Duke received 10 Emmy Award nominations and 3 Emmy Awards. She won two Golden Globes, and at 16, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Miracle Worker. At the time, she was the youngest person to receive an Academy Award in a competitive category.

From 1985 to 1988, Patty Duke was the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

In addition to her acting work, Duke had a successful singing career, scoring two Top 40 hits in 1965 with "Don't Just Stand There" and "Say Something Funny". She performed on The Ed Sullivan Show as well.
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