Video: Remembering Patty Duke

March 30, 2016 5:33 AM

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Video: Remembering Patty Duke

Patty Duke, who died on Tuesday at 69, overcame a painful childhood to become one of the best-known young actors in the world. After appearing in commercials and a few television shows as a child, she found fame on Broadway, starring with Anne Bancroft in William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker.” The play, about Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, ran from 1959 to 1961. Ms. Duke reprised the role in the 1962 film version of “The Miracle Worker,” which Bosley Crowther praised in The Times for retaining the play’s “absolutely tremendous and unforgettable display of physically powerful acting.” Ms. Duke won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the performance — at 16, she was then the youngest actor to win that award.

Ms. Duke returned to television for “The Patty Duke Show,” an era-defining sitcom of the more outwardly wholesome early 1960s. Ms. Duke played, as the infectious theme song put it, “cousins, identical cousins”: Patty, a fun-loving stereotypical American girl from Brooklyn Heights, and Cathy, a prim ...

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