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Oscar winner Patty Duke has died at 69

This is an absolute bummer.

Patty Duke, the Oscar winning star of The Miracle Worker and of the TV classic The Patty Duke Show has died at the age of 69.

The cause of death was sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

“She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon. She will be greatly missed,” said her manager in a statement.

Miss Duke was once president of the Screen Actors Guild and is the mother of actors Sean Astin and MacKenzie Astin. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982 and after that devoted much of her time to advocating and educating the public on mental health issues.

Her other best-known roles included playing Neely O’Hara in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls, Emmy winning performances in My Sweet Charlie and Captains and the Kings, and a Golden Globe Award winning role is Me, Natalie opposite Al Pacino.

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6 Remarks

  1. March 29th, 2016 at 10:14 am
    K. Martinez says:

    How sad. I knew immediately when I saw her name today that something happened. I remember her from The Miracle Worker and Valley of the Dolls, but mostly The Patty Duke Show. RIP Patty! You’ll be missed.

  2. This day sucks. So sad to hear of Patty’s death. My condolences to her family.

  3. RIP Patty Duke

  4. Some celebrity deaths can really affect you. This is one of them. I simply adored Anna Patty Duke. She was a lovely person and an exquisite actress. I feel like I have lost a good friend. I will miss Patty very, very much. She made a bunch of made-for-TV movies and they were excellent due to her honest and sincere performances. This is a very sad day. Rest in peace, my beloved Patty.

  5. RIP Patty

  6. March 29th, 2016 at 10:14 pm
    Bruce Wayne says:

    I had the honor of working with her when she guested on an episode of ‘The Torkelsons’ in 1990…reunited on that show with William Shallert, her ‘father’ on ‘The Patty Duke Show.’
    She was so charming. One of the highlights of my time in the biz.
    Another one gone too soon.


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