From the PEOPLE Archive: Patty Duke Opens Up About Her Battle with Manic Depression

March 29, 2016 7:18 PM

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From the PEOPLE Archive: Patty Duke Opens Up About Her Battle with Manic Depression

It's feeding time at the 40-acre northern Idaho farm that actress Patty Duke calls home. Clad in faded overalls and work boots, Duke ignores three donkeys braying for their breakfast in favor of Tommy, her pet tortoise, to whom she proffers a banana. But while Duke tries to coax Tommy out of his shell, Brother, her chocolate Labrador, chomps the banana in Duke's hand. "That's not the way it's supposed to be," says Duke, laughing. "But then," she adds, "things often don't turn out the way you plan."

In Duke's case, that has to be the understatement of the year. As perhaps the most celebrated child star of her generation, she wowed Broadway theatergoers at age 12 in her stunning debut as the blind and deaf Helen Keller in 1959's The Miracle Worker. Who would have guessed that Duke, who went on t...

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