Anna Marie Duke was born on the 14th December, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York USA, and died on the 29th March 2016 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA. She was an actress who performed on television, in films as well as on stage. Duke was the winner of an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards. Patty was the 21st President of the Screen Actors Guild, and served in the position from receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. Patty Duke was active in the entertainment industry from 1950 to 2015.
How rich was the actress? It was estimated that the net worth of Patty Duke was equal to $5 million, accumulated from her varied acting career.
Patty Duke Net Worth $5 Million
After an unhappy childhood with an alcoholic father and a depressed mother, at the age of eight she was entrusted to managers, John and Ethel Ross, who made her into a child actress. They changed her first name to Patty, as Patty McCormack was very successful at that time. Following a few commercials and small roles, Patty Duke received her first leading role on Broadway in “The Miracle Worker” (1959) in the role of Helen Keller, with Anne Bancroft. This piece was brought to the screen in 1962, and thanks to this film she obtained her first award: the Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role. At that time Patty was only 16 years old. In 1963, the sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” was launched in which she played the main characters, Patty and Cathy Lane. The show lasted three seasons and earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and also boosted her net worth.
Despite the success of her career, she was unhappy in her teens, a prisoner of her managers, with very little authority in her private life and rights. She slipped into alcohol and drugs at the age of 13, and even wrote in her memoirs of being sexually abused by Ross. She got rid of them at the age of 18, to find that they had robbed her of most of her gains. At the age of 18, she married Harry Falk, a 31 year-old man, but the marriage did not help her to resist alcohol, drugs, subsequent anorexia and suicide attempts. During the marriage, she starred in “The Valley of the Dolls” (1967), which attracted a lot of poor reviews, and raised many questions about her ability to be an adult actress.
In the 1960s, she also sang and reached 8th position on the Billboard chart with the song “Do Not Just Stand There” (1965). As an actress she made her return with the TV movie “My Sweet Charlie” (1970), for which she won her first Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actress. From then she mainly played for television, becoming very popular in 1970s and 1980s. The most important roles – and which brought her nominations or awards – she landed in the television productions the mini-series “Captains and the Kings” (1976); TV films “A Family Upside Down” (1978), “Having Babies III” (1978), “The Miracle Worker” (1979), “The Women’s Room” (1980), “The Girl on the Edge of Town” (1981), “Insight” (1984), “George Washington” (1984) and “Touched by an Angel” (1998 – 2003).
Moreover, she was the author of two books. “Call Me Anna” and “Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness”.
Finally, in the personal life of the actress, she was married three times: her first husband was Harry Falk (1965-1969), the second John Astin (1972-1985) and the third Michael Pearce (from 1986 until her death). She had two children in the second and one child in the third marriage. The actress died from sepsis from a ruptured intestine in March 2016 at the age of 69.
When receiving her Academy Awards statuette for Miracle Worker, back in 1962, she is recorded for having the shortest talk of all Academy Awards history ceremonies. She just said: "Thank You" and got away.
Sean Patrick Astin was born February 25, 1971, in Santa Monica, California to Patty Duke. This was long reported that his father was John Astin (famous for playing Gomez on "The Addams Family" (1964) among other things) whom Duke married nearly 18 months later on August 5, 1972. DNA testing later proved that his biological father was Michael Tell, to whom Duke was shortly married to (June 26-July 9, 1970) before the marriage was annulled.
Though she professionally went by Patty Duke, to friends she was Anna (her birth name) Pearce (her married last name).
Although she had been on stage and in film for over five years at the time she appeared in Valley of the Dolls (1967), she said it was her co-star Sharon Tate who taught her how to use make-up to her best advantage.
At the time she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar, she was the youngest person ever to win an Oscar in a competitive category. (In 1973, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Awards at age 10). This is partially because AMPAS discontinued their practice of awarding miniature Oscars to "child" actors following Hayley Mills' mini-statuette in 1961 for Pollyanna (1960), allowing actors of all ages to compete for "regular" Academy Awards.
Spoke at the memorial service for her beloved friend and mentor, Miss Anne Bancroft. [June 2005]
Parents are John Patrick and Frances Duke; her father was an alcoholic and left the family when Patty was very young.
Underwent single bypass heart surgery on November 3, 2004 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Sister of Ray Duke and Carol Duke Kennedy. Patty was the youngest of the three.
Early in her career, she appeared in television commercials, including one for the Remco Movieland Drive-In Theatre toy.
Won the Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance for the 1959-1960 Broadway season. She was awarded this honor for her performance as Helen Keller in the stage version of "The Miracle Worker".
Grandmother of actress Ali Astin, Isabella Louise Astin and Elizabeth Louise Astin.
Has a gold record, "Please, Just Don't Stand There" (1965) in addition to her acting awards.
According to her book "Call Me Anna", she was pregnant and unmarried when she met Michael Tell and she married him to give the unborn child a name. Sean was conceived around the time she was involved with John Astin.
Her second marriage to Michael Tell came about suddenly during a particular virulent manic attack, ignited by a broken romance with Desi Arnaz Jr.. The marriage lasted 13 days.
She was the youngest actress at the time (12) to have her name above the marquee title on Broadway ("The Miracle Worker") and the youngest ever (16) to have a television series bearing her name (The Patty Duke Show (1963)).
Born at 10:39 PM EST.
President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (1985-1988).
She had been diagnosed as being manic-depressive, and had co-authored a book about the disorder, "A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness".
[on her plans to speak out about her bypass operation, despite advice not to] My agent may say ix-nay on the bypass but I can't; that's me. It's more important for me to be myself.
[on where she keeps her Oscar] Oscar was a doorstop; Oscar was in the basement. I went through a period of false humility. I thought if I had Oscar out people would think I was full of myself. Now Oscar is in a beautiful etagere near my front door.
As the boys grew up, my manias took the form of irritability and unpredictable flashes of rage. It was intense.
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.
A lot of us were under the impression that there is only one Sign Language and that it is international!
From the time Sean [son Sean Astin] 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.
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.
[speaking of son Sean Astin and his role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy] We call that Sean's little independent movie.
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.
I've beaten my own bad system, and on some days, most days, that feels like a miracle.
[on her wardrobe on The Patty Duke Show (1963)] 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.