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.