Patty Duke is the Queen of TV movies. She has appeared in over seventy made for TV movies in her lifetime. She was born on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, as Anna Marie Duke. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother's managers,…more
Patty Duke collects antique clocks, pocket watches, candle holders, John Deere miniatures, silver spoons, vintage linens, angels, pill boxes, teddy bears and pewter.
When Patty Duke was a child, she used to pick up hair pins that were on the floor of Klein's Department Store in New York City, until her mother told her it was theft and ordered to her go back to the store and spread them back out onto the floor.
Patty Duke is a pack rat.
In 1989, Patty Duke and her husband Mike, adopted a son named Kevin.
In 1990, Call Me Anna was made into a tv movie where she would play herself from her early her early 30's to the present time.
Patty Duke was the National Youth Chairman for Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Patty Duke has appeared in three different movies with Melissa Gilbert. They are The Miracle Worker, Family of Strangers, and Cries From the Heart.
Patty Duke has been on the cover of People Magazine, Time, Playbill, Sixteen, Theater Arts, and the New York Mirror.
Patty Duke has worked with actors like Al Pacino, Melissa Gilbert, Judy Garland, Anne Baxter, Fred Astaire, Richard Dreyfuss, Gloria Vanderbilt, Helen Hunt, Michael Douglas, and Henry Fonda.
Patty Duke wrote the introduction to the book Surviving Sexual Assault.
Patty Duke graduated from the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women.
Patty Duke is a huge supporter of a Las Vegas charity that helps women in abusive relationships called "Temporary Assistance for Women."
Patty Duke hates the smell of vanilla.
Patty Duke is Irish and German.
Patty Duke had two different dressing rooms while she was filming The Patty Duke Show.
Patty Duke has appeared on two TV Guide covers.
Patty Duke has a dog named Cricket.
Patty Duke loves to put sunflower seeds in her salads.
Patty Duke spent several years participating on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
In the tv show Hail To The Chief, Patty Duke was the first woman to appear on tv as the female President of the United States.
Patty Duke has played the role of Martha Washington in two different television mini-series.
In 1982, Patty Duke appeared topless in the movie By Design.
Patty Duke has been the Grand Marshall in gay pride parades.
In 2005, Patty Duke went back to college in Idaho to take a few courses.
While starring on The Patty Duke Show, Patty had her own clothing line named after her.
In 1968, Patty Duke recorded a 12 song folk album. Only two of the songs were ever released.
Patty Duke is only the second woman to ever serve as President to The Screen Actors Guild.
Patty Duke dated Adam West.
Patty Duke has appeared in more movies on the Lifetime channel, than anyone else.
Patty Duke was the first actress to win an Emmy for a made-for-TV-movie.
In 1982, Patty Duke's name was misspelled in an episode of Insight. It was spelt "Patti."
Patty Duke smokes Marlboro Lights cigarettes.
Patty Duke has two Horsman dolls modeled after her.
Patty Duke has won 3 Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, one TV Land Award and numerous other awards.
While married to Harry Falk, Patty Duke attempted suicide, was anorexic, and addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Patty Duke is tied with Jane Seymour for the honor of being called the "Queen of TV Movies."
In 2003, Patty Duke appeared in the Broadway musical Oklahoma!
Patty Duke won the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance for the 1959-60 Broadway season.
Patty Duke was married to Harry Falk from 1965 until 1969. She then was married to Michael Tell from less then three weeks in 1970. That marriage was annulled. She married John Astin in 1972 and they divorced in 1985. She married Michael Pearce in 1986 and they are still married as of 2006.
Patty Duke has three sons.
Patty Duke is the youngest person to ever win an Oscar. She was sixteen years old.
In 1959, Patty Duke got her first big break when she played Helen Keller in the Broadway play The Miracle Worker.
Patty Duke has appeared in several commercials.
Patty Duke was 4'11" feet tall.
Patty is very well known for her political activism. She has spoken out the Equal Rights Amendment, nuclear disarmament, and AIDS.
In 1978, she received two Emmy nominations for her work in the TV movies, A Family Upside Down and Babies Having Babies III.
Her acting career began after her brother Ray Duke's managers met her when she showed up to work with him one day.
Patty was the Co-author of the book A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness.
Patty married her first, of four husbands, Harry Falk, when she was only 18.
Patty met her now husband, Michael Pearce, while preparing for a TV movie called A Time For Triumph. He was her drill sergeant who helped prepare her for the role.
In 1979, Patty won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special portraying Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker.
On November 4, 2004 she underwent single bypass surgery at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where she lives.
Patty has a Gold record for the song "Please, Just Don't Stand There" released during the popularity of The Patty Duke Show.
After many years of suffering, she was diagnosed as bipolar or "manic-depressive".
Patty auditioned for the role of Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. She lost out on the role to Kate Mulgrew.
At age 16, she was the youngest person ever to have a TV series named after her, The Patty Duke Show in 1962.
Patty Duke once dated actor Desi Arnaz, Jr., who is son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
She was told she had to change her name from Anna to Patty by her then managers, John and Ethel Ross.
She wrote an autobiography entitled Call Me Anna in 1987.
She was SAG (Screen Actors Guild) President from 1985-1988.
She is the mother of Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin and actor Mackenzie Astin.
Patty Duke: (refering to her wardrobe on "The Patty Duke Show) Not only did I hate those clothes, but they put my name on some and successfully merchandised them, so a lot of other poor girls were walking around with the same ugly clothes I had to wear.
Patty Duke: I've beaten my own bad system, and on some days, most days, that feels like a miracle.
Patty Duke: I subscribe to the theory that says you're a product of all your experiences. And I am finally, most of the time, happy with the product. I now think it is OK to be Patty Duke.
Patty Duke: For the first time, I lived alone... in a luxury apartment on Sunset Strip. For a few days I loved the idea, but I got lonely and restless.
Patty Duke: From the time Sean was born, until I was diagnosed, I was murder to live with. I don't think I was marriage material at all until seven years ago.
Patty Duke: A lot of us were under the impression that there is only one Sign Language and that it is international!
Patty Duke: Actors take risks all the time. We put ourselves on the line. It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words and breathe life into them.
Patty Duke: As the boys grew up, my manias took the form of irritability and unpredictable flashes of rage. It was intense.