Patty Duke’s talent, bravery recalled; actress dies at 69

March 30, 2016 5:33 AM

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NEW YORK — The courage that a teenage Patty Duke portrayed on-screen as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” was breathtaking and Oscar-winning.

Duke’s own gritty struggle against bipolar disorder was equally admired. She opened up about her condition at a time when such candor was unusual and she became an activist for mental health causes.

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