Remembering Patty Duke: An Actress Who Worked Miracles

March 29, 2016 8:59 PM

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Remembering Patty Duke: An Actress Who Worked Miracles

Patty Duke falls into her own special niche when one discusses American movie and TV stars: 16 years old when she won her supporting-actress Oscar for her performance as unhearing, unseeing Helen Keller in the 1963 movie The Miracle Worker, she was perhaps the most dramatically formidable teenage actress ever. Her scenes of physical combat with Anne Bancroft, who won Best Actress as Helen's teacher, Annie Sullivan, are hair-raising more than 50 years later.

Consider, too, that she followed this up with her own sitcom, The Patty Duke Show (1963-66), in which she split her performance between the roles of identical cousins, one outgoing and American, the other reserved and British. The show was silly – it was a '60s sitcom– but the concept was nonetheles...

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