Patty Duke
Duke in 1975
Anna Marie Duke

(1946-12-14)December 14, 1946
New York City, NY, U.S.
DiedMarch 29, 2016(2016-03-29) (aged 69)
Resting placeForest Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Other names
  • Patty Duke Astin
  • Anna Duke-Pearce
Years active1950–2015
  • (m. 1965; div. 1969)
  • Michael Tell
    (m. 1970; ann. 1971)
  • (m. 1972; div. 1985)
  • Michael Pearce
    (m. 1986)
Children3, including Sean and Mackenzie Astin
22nd President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded byEd Asner
Succeeded byBarry Gordon

Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (December 14, 1946[1] – March 29, 2016) was an American actress. Over the course of her acting career, she was the recipient of an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

At age 15, Duke portrayed Helen Keller in the film The Miracle Worker (1962), a role she had originated on Broadway. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. The following year, she played the dual role of "identical cousins" Cathy and Patty Lane on her own network television series The Patty Duke Show (1963–1966). She progressed to more mature roles, such as Neely O'Hara in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967) and Natalie Miller in the film Me, Natalie (1969). The latter earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. From 1985 to 1988, she served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.

Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982. Following her diagnosis, she devoted much of her time to advocating for and educating the public on mental health. She was also an occasional singer and author.

Early life

Duke was born at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.[2] the youngest of three children of Frances Margaret (née McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a handyman and cab driver[3] of Irish descent.[4] She was raised Roman Catholic.[5]

Duke spent her early life in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens,[2] where her brother Raymond, her sister Carol, and she experienced a difficult childhood. Their father was an alcoholic, and their mother suffered from clinical depression and was prone to violence. When Duke was six, her mother forced her father to leave the family home. When Duke was eight, her care was turned over to talent managers John and Ethel Ross, who after promoting Patty's brother, were looking for a girl to add to their stable of child actors.[6][7]

The Rosses' methods of managing Duke's career were often unscrupulous and exploitative. They consistently billed Duke as being two years younger than she actually was and padded her resume with false credits.[8] They gave her alcohol and prescription drugs, took unreasonably high fees from her earnings, and made sexual advances to her.[7] She never saw her father and saw her mother only when she visited to do the Rosses' laundry.[9] In addition, the Rosses made Duke change her name. "Anna Marie is dead," they said. "You're Patty now."[7] They hoped that Patty Duke would duplicate the success of Patty McCormack.[10]




One of Duke's early acting roles was in the late 1950s on the soap opera The Brighter Day.[11] She also appeared in print ads and in television commercials. In 1959, at the age of 12, Duke was a contestant on The $64,000 Question and won $32,000; her category of expertise, according to her autobiography Call Me Anna, was popular music.[12] The game show was revealed to have been rigged, and she was called to testify before a panel of the United States Senate. Duke eventually testified before congressional investigators and broke into tears when she admitted she had been coached to speak falsely.[13]

Duke in a publicity photo from December 1959

Also in 1959, Duke appeared in a television adaptation of Meet Me in St. Louis as Tootie Smith, the role that had originated in the film version by Margaret O'Brien. Duke's first major starring role was Helen Keller (with Anne Bancroft as Anne Sullivan), in the Broadway play The Miracle Worker, which ran from October 1959 to July 1961. Duke originated the role of Keller on Broadway, although Patty McCormack actually originated the role in its earlier original presentation as a live television drama on Playhouse 90.[14] During the run, Duke's name was elevated above the play's title on the theater's billboard, believed to be the first time this had been done for such a young star.[15] The play was subsequently made into a 1962 film for which Duke received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[16] Before the film started shooting, the actress and activist Helen Keller briefly met.[17] At 16, Duke was the youngest person at that time to have received an Academy Award in a competitive category.[16] Duke returned to television, this time starring with Laurence Olivier and George C. Scott in a television production of The Power and the Glory (1961).

Duke with Helen Keller, whom she portrayed in both the play and the film The Miracle Worker (1962)

Duke's own series, The Patty Duke Show, created by Sidney Sheldon especially for her, began airing in September 1963. At that time, Duke had not been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, but Sheldon did notice that she had two distinct sides to her personality, so he developed the concept of identical cousins with contrasting personalities.[18] Duke portrayed both main characters: Patricia "Patty" Lane, a fun-loving American teenager who occasionally got into trouble at school and home, and her prim and proper "identical cousin" from Scotland, Catherine "Cathy" Lane. William Schallert portrayed Patty's father, Martin, and his twin brother, Kenneth, Cathy's father; Jean Byron played her mother, Natalie; Paul O'Keefe was her younger brother, Ross; and Eddie Applegate portrayed her boyfriend, Richard Harrison (though the actor was more than a decade older than Duke).[15] The show also featured such high-profile guest stars as Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Paul Lynde, and Sal Mineo. The series lasted three seasons and earned Duke an Emmy Award nomination. In 1999, the program's characters were revisited and updated in The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights, with Cindy Williams taking on the villain role of Sue Ellen Turner when Kitty Sullivan was unable to reprise her role.

Duke as Patty Lane on The Patty Duke Show, 1965

After the cancellation of The Patty Duke Show in 1966, Duke began her adult acting career by playing Neely O'Hara in Valley of the Dolls (1967).[16] The film was a box-office success, but audiences and critics had a difficult time accepting all-American-teenager Duke as an alcoholic, drug-addicted singing star. While the film has since become a camp classic—thanks in large part to Duke's over-the-top performance[19]—at the time it almost ruined her career. In 1969, Duke starred in Me, Natalie, in which she played an "ugly duckling" Brooklyn teenager struggling to make a life for herself in the Bohemian world of Greenwich Village. Duke won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) for the role.[20][21]

Duke as Neely O'Hara in Valley of the Dolls, 1967

Duke returned to television in 1970, starring in a made-for-TV movie, My Sweet Charlie. Her portrayal of a pregnant teenager on the run won Duke her first Emmy Award. Her acceptance speech was rambling and disjointed,[7] leading many in the industry to believe she was drunk or using drugs at the time. In fact, Duke was experiencing a manic phase of her bipolar disorder, which remained undiagnosed until 1982.[22] She received her second Emmy in 1977 for the TV miniseries Captains and the Kings and her third in 1980 for a TV version of her 1979 stage revival of The Miracle Worker, this time playing Anne Sullivan to Melissa Gilbert's Helen Keller. Her turns in the made-for-TV movies The Women's Room (1980) and George Washington (1984) both garnered her Emmy nominations. In the 1980s, Duke was cast in a number of short-lived TV series. The ABC sitcom It Takes Two, from Soap and Benson creator Susan Harris, was cancelled after one season; Hail to the Chief, in which she appeared as the first female President of the United States;[15] and a comedy, Karen's Song, which aired on the fledgling Fox network.[23]

Duke's film roles in the 1980s included the Canadian film By Design (1981), which garnered her a Genie Award nomination for Best Foreign Actress, and the made-for-TV movie A Time to Triumph (1986), the true story of Concetta Hassan, a woman who struggles to support her family after her husband is injured, but who eventually becomes a United States Army helicopter pilot. In 1990, Duke's autobiography, Call Me Anna, was adapted for television; she played herself from her mid-30s onward. In 1992, Duke portrayed the mother of Meg Ryan's character in the film adaptation of the play Prelude to a Kiss. Duke received an Emmy nomination in 1999 for her appearances in three episodes of Touched by an Angel.

In 1985, Duke became the second woman, after Kathleen Nolan, to be elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, a post she held until 1988.[16] Her tenure as president was marked by factional in-fighting and controversy; however, she gained respect for managing to maintain solidarity among the guild's members.[24] During her term, she led industrial actions and contract negotiations and oversaw the relocation of the guild's headquarters.[24]

Later years

Duke reprising her role as Cathy Lane in a series of U.S. government Social Security promotions for filing for Social Security online, 2011

Duke gradually reduced her work schedule in the 2000s but took occasional TV roles, including guest appearances on shows such as Glee[25] and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0. In 2011, she joined the cast of the drama The Protector.[26] She also returned to the stage on occasion—in 2002 as Aunt Eller in a revival of Oklahoma! on Broadway[27] and in 2009 as Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of the musical Wicked.[28] In May 2011, Duke directed the stage version of The Miracle Worker at the now defunct Interplayers Theater in Spokane, Washington.[29] In 2010, she hosted a PBS TV special When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: An Irish Parade Of Stars. The special was part of the My Music series and featured Irish and Irish-American folk music and sentimental standards.

In 2011, Duke appeared in public service announcements for the U.S. government, promoting the Social Security website. In several, she appeared as Patty and Cathy using split-screen effects. In others, she appeared with George Takei wearing a Star Trek-like costume.[30] In 2015, Duke made her final TV appearance, guest-starring on Liv and Maddie as Grandma Janice and Great-aunt Hilary, a pair of identical twins.[31]


Duke on the cover of music publication, Cash Box, December 11, 1965

Like many teen stars of the era, and bolstered somewhat by her appearance in the musical Billie, Duke had a successful singing career, including two top-40 hits in 1965, "Don't Just Stand There" (number eight) and "Say Something Funny" (number 22).[32] She also performed on TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show.[33]

Mental health advocacy

In 1987, Duke revealed in her autobiography that she had been diagnosed with manic depression (now called bipolar disorder) in 1982, becoming one of the first public figures to speak out about her personal experience of mental illness.[7] She also suffered from anorexia nervosa and during her teenaged years, weighed as little as 76 pounds.[9] She attempted suicide in 1967 and was again hospitalized for mental health problems in 1969, eventually being diagnosed as manic depressive in 1982.[9] Her treatment, which included the use of lithium as medication and therapy, successfully stabilized her moods. She subsequently became an activist for mental health causes.[7] She lobbied the United States Congress and joined forces with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to increase awareness, funding, and research for people with mental illness.[22] In 2007, Duke appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, talking about her bipolar disorder.[34]


Duke wrote three books. Her autobiography, Call Me Anna (ISBN 0-553-27205-5) was published in 1987 and Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness (ISBN 0-553-56072-7) was published in 1992.[35] The third, In The Presence of Greatness—My Sixty Year Journey as an Actress (ISBN 9781629332352) (with William J. Jankowski), published posthumously in February 2018, is a collection of essays about her experiences with other artists and celebrities.


Over the course of her career, Duke received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, three Emmy Awards in 10 nominations,[15][1] and two Golden Globe Awards amongst four nominations.[36][21] In 1963, when she won her Academy Award, Duke became the youngest person to ever win an Academy Award in a competitive category.[37]

On August 17, 2004, Duke received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion-picture industry.[38] On December 14, 2007, her 61st birthday, Duke was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters degree from the University of North Florida for her work in advancing awareness of mental health issues.[39] On March 6, 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.[40]

Personal life

Duke was married four times and had three children. A Catholic, Duke had dreams of becoming a nun in her youth.[41][42] In her later life, she studied a number of different religions, commenting in 1995: "To suggest that one must spout Moses or Jesus or Buddha or chant like Tibetan monks in order to be religious, I believe, is not to walk in the path of Christ... I have been a Christian Scientist. If there's a religious definition of 'dabbler', I guess that would be me. I have studied Buddhism. There was a time when I very seriously considered Judaism. And, yes, I do go to church now. I go to a Unity Church. I also go to Catholic church occasionally because the child in me desperately needs the bells and smells."[5]

In 1965, Duke married director Harry Falk, who was 13 years her senior. It led to the end of Duke's relationship with her childhood guardians, the Rosses.[9] During their marriage, she had repeated mood swings, drank heavily, became anorexic, and overdosed on pills a number of times.[6] The couple divorced in 1969.[6]

In early 1970, at the age of 23, Duke became involved with three men at the same time — 17-year-old Here's Lucy star Desi Arnaz Jr.,[6] actor John Astin, who was 16 years her senior, and rock music promoter Michael Tell.[43][44] The relationship with Arnaz was widely publicized, due in part to the vocal and public opposition of Arnaz's mother, actress and production company executive Lucille Ball. By late spring, Duke and Arnaz had broken off their relationship.

In June 1970, Duke learned that she was pregnant; she then married Michael Tell on June 26, 1970, during a manic phase,[citation needed] to "give (her child) a name."[43] Their marriage lasted 13 days before ending in an annulment on July 9, 1970;[6] Her son, actor Sean Astin, was born on February 25, 1971. She later told Sean that Arnaz Jr. was Sean's biological father.[43] Duke said in her 1987 autobiography that the marriage to Tell was never consummated and that Astin was the actual biological father of Sean. Several chapters in her book emphasized these assertions about her relationship with Tell and the paternity of her son. It turned out that all three statements were incorrect: in 1994, when her son Sean underwent biological testing to determine his real paternity, the results showed that Tell was his biological father.[45][46][44]

Duke married John Astin on August 5, 1972. Astin adopted Sean and the couple had a son, actor Mackenzie Astin.[15] Duke and Astin worked together extensively during their marriage, and she took his name professionally, becoming "Patty Duke Astin". During this period, Duke underwent a hysterectomy.[9] Duke adopted Astin's three sons, and years later in 1998, Astin's sons reversed the adoption with Duke's approval.[47] The couple divorced in 1985.

Duke married her fourth husband, drill sergeant Michael Pearce, in 1986, and remained married to him until her death 30 years later. Duke and Pearce had met during the production of A Time to Triumph, for which Pearce served as a consultant.[16] The couple moved to Hayden, Idaho, and adopted a son, Kevin, who was born in 1988.[16] From her marriage to Pearce until her death in 2016, Duke occasionally used the name "Anna Duke-Pearce" in her writings and other professional work.[16]

Duke had three granddaughters by her eldest son Sean, actresses Alexandra, Elizabeth, and Isabella.[48]


Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016,[49] in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69.[50] Her son Sean Astin invited the public to contribute to a mental health foundation in his mother's name, the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative.[51] She was cremated and her ashes were interred at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene.[52]



Year Film Role Notes
1958 Country Music Holiday 'Sis' Brand
1958 The Goddess Emily Ann Faulkner (age 8)
1959 4D Man Marjorie Sutherland
1959 Happy Anniversary Debbie Walters
1962 The Miracle Worker Helen Keller
1965 Billie Billie Carol
1966 The Daydreamer Thumbelina (voice)
1967 Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara
1969 Me, Natalie Natalie Miller
1972 You'll Like My Mother Francesca Kinsolving
1978 The Swarm Rita Bard
1981 By Design Helen
1985 Gifts of Greatness Amy Lowell Video
1986 Willy/Milly Doris Niceman
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Mrs. Boyle
1999 Kimberly Dr. Feinstenberger
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Mrs. Keene / Earlene
2008 The Four Children of Tander Welch Susan Metler
2012 Amazing Love Helen
2018 Power of the Air (Christian film) Charlene Summers Last film role


Year Film Role Notes
1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre Marianne Doona / Angelina Rico "SOS from the Andrea Doria", "Flare-Up"
1957 Gina "Have Jacket, Will Travel"
1958 DuPont Show of the Month Young Cathy "Wuthering Heights"
Kraft Television Theatre Betty / Roberta "A Boy Called Ciske", "Death Wears Many Faces"
Kitty Foyle Molly Scharf (young) TV series
Swiss Family Robinson Lynda TV film
The United States Steel Hour Kathy "One Red Rose for Christmas"
1958–59 The Brighter Day Ellen Williams Dennis TV series
1959 The United States Steel Hour Sonya Alexandrovna / Robin Kent "Family Happiness", "Seed of Guilt"
Meet Me in St. Louis 'Tootie' Smith TV film
Once Upon a Christmas Time Lori
1961 The Power and the Glory Coral
1962 Ben Casey Janie Wahl "Mrs. McBroom and the Cloud Watcher"
The United States Steel Hour Penelope "The Duchess and the Smugs"
1963 Wide Country Cindy Hopkins "To Cindy, with Love"
Best of Patty Duke Patty Lane / Cathy Lane TV film
1963–66 The Patty Duke Show Lead role
1967 The Virginian Sue Ann McRae "Sue Ann"
1969 Journey to the Unknown Barbara King "The Last Visitor"
1970 My Sweet Charlie Marlene Chambers TV film
Matt Lincoln Sheila "Sheila"
The Cliff TV film
1971 Two on a Bench Macy Kramer
Night Gallery Holly Schaeffer "The Diary"
If Tomorrow Comes Eileen Phillips TV film
1972 She Waits Laura Wilson
Deadly Harvest Jenny
The Sixth Sense Elizabeth "With Affection, Jack the Ripper"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Lois "Love Child"
1973 Hawaii Five-O Toni "Thanks for the Honeymoon"
Ghost Story Linda Colby "Graveyard Shift"
1974 Nightmare Jan Richards TV film
ABC's Wide World of Entertainment Adelaide "Hard Day at Blue Nose"
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Melanie Kline "Miss Kline, We Love You"
Insight Margie "The One-Armed Man"
1975 Police Story Daniele "Sniper"
Police Woman Larue Collins "Nothing Left to Lose"
Marcus Welby, M.D. Kate Gannard "Unindicted Wife"
1976 Phillip and Barbara Barbara Logan TV film
The Streets of San Francisco Susan Rosen "The Thrill Killers: Parts 1 & 2"
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Rosemary Woodhouse TV film
Captains and the Kings Bernadette Hennessey Armagh TV miniseries
Insight Annie Grogan "For the Love of Annie"
1977 Loretta Berg "A Slight Drinking Problem"
Fire! Dr. Peggy Wilson TV film
Rosetti and Ryan Sylvia Crawford "Men Who Love Women"
Curse of the Black Widow Laura Lockwood / Valerie Steffan TV film
Killer on Board Norma Walsh
The Storyteller Sue Davidoff
1978 A Family Upside Down Wendy
Insight Nelli Grubb "Second Chorus"
1979 Women in White Cathy Payson TV film
Hanging by a Thread Sue Grainger
Before and After Carole Matthews
The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan
1980 The Women's Room Lily
Mom, the Wolfman and Me Deborah Bergman
The Babysitter Liz Benedict
1981 Insight Mother Alicia "God's Guerillas"
The Girl on the Edge of Town Martha TV film
The Violation of Sarah McDavid Sarah McDavid
Please Don't Hit Me, Mom Barbara Reynolds
1982 Something So Right Jeanne Bosnick
1982–83 It Takes Two Molly Quinn Main role
1983 September Gun Sister Dulcina TV film
Insight Peters "The Hit Man"
1984 Best Kept Secrets Laura Dietz TV film
George Washington Martha Washington TV miniseries
1985 Hotel Gayla Erikson "New Beginnings"
Hail to the Chief President Julia Mansfield Main role
1986 A Time to Triumph Concetta Hassan TV film
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Martha Washington
1987 It's a Living Patty Duke "The Evictables"
Fight for Life Shirley Abrams TV film
J.J. Starbuck Verna Mckidden "Pilot"
Karen's Song Karen Matthews Main role
1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace Althea Sloan TV film
Fatal Judgement Anne Capute
1989 Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes Nancy Evans
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Carolyn Henry
1990 Call Me Anna Anna Marie Duke
Always Remember I Love You Ruth Monroe
1991 Absolute Strangers Judge Ray
The Torkelsons Catharine Jeffers "Return to Sender"
The Legend of Prince Valiant Lady Morgana (voice) "The Trust Betrayed", "The Awakening"
1992 Last Wish Betty Rollin TV film
Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive Jean Williams
A Killer Among Friends Jean Monroe
1993 Family of Strangers Beth Thompson
No Child of Mine Lucille Jenkins
A Matter of Justice Mary Brown
1994 One Woman's Courage Grace McKenna
Cries from the Heart Terry Wilson
1995 Amazing Grace Hannah Miller TV series
When the Vows Break Barbara Parker TV film
1996 Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah Natalie Porter
Harvest of Fire Annie Beiler
To Face Her Past Beth Bradfield
1997 Frasier Alice (voice) "Death and the Dog"
A Christmas Memory Sook TV film
1998 When He Didn't Come Home Faye Dolan
Touched by an Angel Nancy Williams "I Do"
1999 The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights Patty Lane / Cathy Lane MacAllister TV film
A Season for Miracles Angel
2000 Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story Anne Kincaid
2000 Love Lessons Sunny Andrews
2001 Family Law Judge Sylvia Formenti "Liar's Club: Part 2"
First Years Evelyn Harrison "There's No Place Like Homo"
2002 Little John Sylvia TV film
2003 Touched by an Angel Jean "I Will Walk with You: Parts 1 & 2"
2004 Judging Amy Valerie Bing "Disposable"
Murder Without Conviction Mother Joseph TV film
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Bridget Connolly
2009 Love Finds a Home Mary Watson
2009 Throwing Stones Patti Thom
2010 Unanswered Prayers Irene
2011 The Protector Beverly "Wings", "Blood"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Sylvia Spencer "Mea Makamae"
2012 Drop Dead Diva Rita Curtis "Freak Show"
2013 Glee Jan "All or Nothing"
2015 Liv and Maddie Grandma Janice / Great-Aunt Hillary "Grandma-A-Rooney"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1962 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress The Miracle Worker Won [53]
1984 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming – Performers Insight Nominated
1982 Genie Awards Best Performance by a Foreign Actress By Design Nominated
1962 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture The Miracle Worker Nominated [54]
Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
1965 Best Television Star – Female The Patty Duke Show Nominated
1969 Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Me, Natalie Won
1962 Laurel Awards Top Female Supporting Performance The Miracle Worker Won
1965 Top Female Musical Performance Billie 5th Place
1969 Top Female Dramatic Performance Me, Natalie 5th Place
2014 Online Film & Television Association Awards Television Hall of Fame: Actors Inducted [55]
1982 People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program Won [56]
1964 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) The Patty Duke Show Nominated [57]
1970 Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role My Sweet Charlie Won
1977 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series Captains and the Kings Won
1978 Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series Having Babies III Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special A Family Upside Down Nominated
1980 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special The Miracle Worker Won
1981 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special The Women's Room Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement – Children's Programming The Girl on the Edge of Town Nominated
1984 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special George Washington Nominated
1999 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (Episode: "I Do") Nominated
2002 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won
1960 Theatre World Awards The Miracle Worker Won [58]
2003 TV Land Awards Favorite Dual Role Character The Patty Duke Show Nominated
2004 Won
1984 Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama September Gun Won [59]



Title & Billboard Peak Position Label Year Notes
Don't Just Stand There (#90)  United Artists UAL 3452 (Mono)/UAS 6452 (Stereo)  1965
Patty  United Artists UAL 3492 / UAS 6492  1966
Patty Duke's Greatest Hits  United Artists UAL 3535 / UAS 6535  1966
TV's Teen Star  Unart M 20005 (Mono)/S 21005 (Stereo)  1967
Songs from Valley of The Dolls and Other Selections  United Artists UAL 3623 / UAS 6623  1967
Patty Duke Sings Folk Songs: Time To Move On  United Artists UAL 3650 / UAS 6650 (Unreleased ) 1968[60] Note: After years of remaining unreleased, Patty Duke Sings Folk Songs: Time to Move On was released by Real Gone Music (under Capitol records) on CD and digital download in 2013.


Year Titles (A-side, B-side) Record Label Peak chart positions Album
US Billboard US Cashbox CAN RPM
1965 "Don't Just Stand There"
b/w "Everything but Love"
United Artists 875 8 6 2 Don't Just Stand There
"Say Something Funny" United Artists 915 22 31 34
b/w "Funny Little Butterflies" 77 51 7 Patty Duke's Greatest Hits
1966 "Whenever She Holds You"
b/w "Nothing But You"
United Artists 978 64 63 73 Patty
"The World is Watching Us"
b/w "Little Things Mean a Lot"
United Artists 50034
"The Wall Came Tumbling Down"
b/w "What Makes You Special"
United Artists 50057


Non-album tracks
"Why Don't They Understand"
b/w "Danke Schoen"
United Artists 50073


Don't Just Stand There
1967 "Come Live with Me"
b/w "My Own Little Place"
United Artists 50216 Songs from Valley of the Dolls
1968 "And We Were Strangers"
b/w "Dona Dona"
United Artists 50299 Patty Duke Sings Folk Songs

See also


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