Actress Patty Duke passes away at 69

Oscar winning actress Patty Duke has passed away at the age of 69. Patty was famous for her role as

Oscar winning actress Patty Duke has passed away at the age of 69.

Patty was famous for her role as Helen Keller in the The Miracle Worker, which she won an Oscar for at just 16 years of age.

She also won an Emmy for playing Helen Keller’s teacher in a 1980s TV movie and started in her own show, “The Patty Duke Show” in the 60s where she played identical cousins.

Her family have released a statement about her passing, “This morning, our beloved wife, mother, matriarch and the exquisite artist and champion of mental health, Anna Patty Duke, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place.”

Reports from her representative, Mitchell Stubbs, say that she died early Tuesday from sepsis, caused by a ruptured intestine.

“She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon. She will be missed,” Mr Stubb says.

Duke began her career as a child star, appearing on television at the age of twelve and winning a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller at age 16.

In The Miracle Worker, Duke played Keller, a blind and deaf girl whose tutor (played by Anne Bancroft) helps her communicate and break through the isolation.

She also won many other awards, including Emmys for her roles in My Sweet Charlie, 1970, and Captains and the Kings, 1976.

Ms Duke released an autobiography in the 1980s, where she revealed her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and become a strong advocate of mental health awareness, fundraising and research.

She was the mother of Sean Astin, also an actor, who is well known for playing the hobbit Sam in Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Have you seen any of her films?

  1. Disey  

    Saddened to hear of the passing of Patty Duke – she was a favourite of mine throughout her life and I’m sure she will be missed very much – rest in peace Patty.

  2. I have fond memories of Patty Duke, starting with the Patty Duke Show, I loved watching it. Anything starring Patty Duke I wanted to watch, she was in my list of top American Actresses. So sad to here of her passing. <3

  3. So sad to hear of Patty Dukes passing loved her she was my favourite American actress , especially lived The Patty Duke Show, and Gudgit the Flying Nun. RIP blessings to her family.

  4. So sad feel for the family at this sad time . My hubby had sepsis & passed also at 69. A terrible thing .

  5. Joan Marshall  

    How awfully sad. Who would even know she was bipolar but the fact she did a lot to bring awareness to the condition was admirable.

  6. Dianne Jones  

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Pattie Duke she will be missed for sure as she was a fantastic actress I just loved the Pattie Duke show and the Helen Keller story. R.I.P Pattie Duke God Bless you.

  7. Caryll King  

    This is so sad, I used to love Pattie Duke’s movies, she will be very much missed.

  8. Carmel M  

    RIP Patty, loved you. Condolences to your family”

  9. Sad news peace & love sent to her loved ones 💗I loved the Patty Duke show in the 60s peace be with you Patti 🌱

  10. Joanne Sumption  

    My heart, thoughts and condolences go out to her family. She was a wonderful actress and she will definitely be missed and I know that she was well loved. I have loved her and will truly miss her. RIP Ms Patty. God Bless her family.

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