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Patty Duke Biography

Birth Name:
Anna Marie Duke
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Actor, author

Fast Facts

  • Began acting at age 8 when her brother's talent managers spotted her
  • First credited screen role was in 1958's The Goddess
  • Practiced walking around blindfolded to prepare for the role of Helen Keller on Broadway in The Miracle Worker; reprised the role for the 1962 film version and won an Oscar
  • In 1963, became the youngest person to have a TV show named after her (The Patty Duke Show)
  • Has appeared in more than 70 TV movies, including a 1979 version of The Miracle Worker in which she played Annie Sullivan
  • Became the second woman elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1985
  • Published the frank autobiography Call Me Anna in 1987 and revealed she was manic depressive; authored A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depressive Illness in 1992
  • Returned to Broadway in the 2002 revival of Oklahoma! Was an advocate for mental-health issues


  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1983People's Choice Awards-Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: winner
  • 1983Genie Awards-Best Performance by a Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement - Children's Programming: nominated
  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series: winner
  • 1970Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1970Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1966Golden Globe-Actress in a Television Series: nominated
  • 1964Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: nominated
  • 1963Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner
  • 1963Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1962Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner