Patty Duke, Academy Award-winning actress, past President of the Screen Actors Guild, and bestselling actress, has been delighting and challenging audiences for more than 40 years with her work in movies and on television.
Her Oscar-winning portrayal of blind, mute and deaf Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" launched Duke as one of America's finest young talents. Still a teenager, she went on to enjoy success in "The Patty Duke Show" before establishing herself as one of television's most versatile and beloved actresses. Her career includes Broadway, feature films, television series, and cartoons. Seventy-two movies have afforded her a wide variety of roles, including Neely O'Hara in "Valley of the Dolls," Martha Washington in "George Washington," mother of the bride in "Prelude to a Kiss," Helen in the controversial lesbian comedy "By Design," and Anne Sullivan in the 1980 remake of "The Miracle Worker."
Duke has received much recognition from her peers, including an Oscar, two Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, six Emmy nominations, as well as a People's Choice Award. She has also been honored with multiple community service awards, recognizing her commitment to many social issues. Since the publication of her autobiography Call Me Anna and her second book, A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness, Duke spends a great deal of time and travel speaking on the topic of mental illness.
Continuing to jump from television to film to commercials, Duke is clearly in her element as her career heads into its 48 year. She finds it just as adventurous as it was when she was seven.