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Former Child Star And Oscar Winner Patty Duke Dead At 69

Former baby star and Oscar winner Patty Duke has died on the age of sixty nine. 

Duke’s supervisor confirmed her dying to The Huffington Post in a press release. 

Anna “Patty Duke” Pearce handed away this morning March 29, 2016 at B:20 a.m. Her explanation for dying was sepsis from a ruptured gut. She was a spouse, a mom, a grandmother, a pal, a psychological well being advocate and a cultural icon. She might be enormously missed.

Born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York in 1946, Duke’s massive break got here when she landed the position of Helen Keller within the Broadway model of “The Miracle Worker.” Duke reprised the position within the 1962 movie adaptation, for which she gained the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. At the time, the sixteen-yr-previous actress was the youngest individual to win an Oscar. 

The following yr, the actress was given her personal tv present referred to as “The Patty Duke Show,” during which she performed look-alike cousins. 

The present ended after three seasons and Duke made the bounce to extra grown-up roles enjoying Neely A’Hara in “Valley of the Dolls” in 1967.  Duke would proceed to work in movie and tv for the remainder of her profession, profitable three Emmys and two Golden Globe awards along with her Oscar. 



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Patty Duke poses for photographers together with her granddaughters, P-yr-previous Elizabeth Astin and seven-yr-previous Alexandra Astin following an unveiling ceremony, honoring Duke with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California August, 17, 2004.

Duke was final seen on display within the Disney Channel present “Liv and Maddie,” the place she performed twin grandmothers to twin sisters, performed by Dove Cameron. Her ultimate challenge was the movie “Power of the Air,” which is about for a 2017 launch. 

In her 1987 memoir Call Me Anna, Duke revealed she had been recognized with bipolar dysfunction. She would go on to turned a vocal psychological well being advocate and tried to boost funding, analysis and consciousness for the dysfunction.  

“The very first thing I did was scream, ‘No! No! No!’ When I heard it was suicide, the fad got here out,” she advised a information station in Spokane, Washington following the demise of Robin Williams in 2014. “I am going to enlist each citizen I can to succeed in out to their consultant in Congress and say, ‘We’re not kidding anymore.”  

The actress married 4 occasions and is survived by her husband, Michael Pearce, and her youngsters Kevin Pearce, Mackenzie Astin and Sean Astin, who’s greatest recognized for his position in “The Goonies” and the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, and her three granddaughters. 



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Patty Duke and her husband Michael Pearce attend Day B of the 2010 Chiller Theatre Expo at Hilton on October 29, 2010.

Earlier this month, Duke tweeted in celebration of her and Pearce’s thirtieth wedding ceremony anniversary. 

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