These days, a lot of TV actresses are taking on dual roles: The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Ringer's Sarah Michelle Gellar (Bridget/Siobhan) and The Lying Game's Alexandra Chando (Emma/Sutton). But back in 1963, Patty Duke was all on her own as identical cousins Patty and Cathy Lane on The Patty Duke Show. "We didn't have digital anything," recalls Duke, 64. "We'd [shoot] the Patty side first, then everyone would stand in place while I sneaked off and came back dressed as Cathy. In postproduction, they would actually split the celluloid."
Tonight Duke is returning to TV for a guest appearance on Hawaii Five-0. It's a role she couldn't turn down. "I play a woman in the second stage of Alzheimer's whose son was involved in a nefarious deal with gold coins in the ocean," says Duke, who took home the best supporting actress Oscar for The Miracle Worker in 1962. "McGarrett [Alex O'Loughlin] and Lori [Lauren German] come to inform my character that her son is dead and find that I'm living 20 or 30 years in the past. In her head, [her] son is still a boy coming home from school any minute for a sandwich."
Arthur Penn, the stage and film director whose iconic Bonnie and Clyde ushered in the post-classical age of Hollywood, has died. He was 88.
Penn died Tuesday — the day after his 88th birthday — his friend and accountant, Evan Bell, told The New York Times. Bell said Penn had been sick for a year, but did not disclose the cause of death.
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A Philadelphia native and brother of the late still photographer Irving Penn, Penn first made his name directing television dramas and Broadway plays in the 1950s and '60s. He earned Tony nominations for his stage productions of Two for the Seesaw, The Miracle Worker and All the Way Home, winning for The Miracle Worker. Star Anne Bancroft also won a Tony.
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Question: Teri Hatcher was born in the mid-'60s, so was she old enough to be on Karen? In 1984, she was only in her late teens, I think.
Answer: You're referring to my answer mentioning both Karen and Karen's Song, the show I said Hatcher was in, I assume. That being the case, the numbers still work. I neglected to mention that Hatcher played Patty Duke's teenage daughter on the show.
Question: Maybe 40 or so years ago, wasn't there a television show called Karen? For some reason I'm thinking it starred a young actress who turned out to be a big actress. Or perhaps it's only wishful thinking. Thanks!
Answer: Well, there was a sitcom called Karen that ran on NBC for a year beginning in October 1964, but none of the ladies in the cast went on to make a huge impact. (And I can't imagine what your interest in such a show would be... Karen.)
Debbie Watson starred as a wayward teen on the show, which was part of the 90-minute, three-part 90 Bristol Court, a series made up of three comedies taking place in the same apartment building. Others in the cast included Richard Denning, Mary LaRoche, Gina Gillespie, Bernadette Withers, Trudi Ames, Teddy Quinn, Murray MacLeod and a man who's probably the only one on the whole show to
He's lived the life aquatic, come back from the dead on Dallas and worked with Suzanne Somers without ever tripping over a ThighMaster. But can Patrick Duffy keep his TV-movie wife, Patty Duke, from throttling Shelley Long in Hallmark Channel's Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door (premiering Feb. 4 at 9 pm/ET)? TVGuide.com traded Qs and As with ol' Bobby Ewing. (Or was it all just a dream?)
TVGuide.com: I see that Patty Duke has been robbing the cradle a little bit....Patrick Duffy: With whom? [Laughs] With me? Nooooo.... we're sort of contemporaries.
TVGuide.com: Are you OK these days playing the father of the hot young chick instead of getting the hot young chick?Duffy: Well, it'd be ludicrous if I was getting the hot young chic