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Patty Duke
Patty Duke (1962) - 1.JPG
Born Anna Marie Duke
(1946-12-14)December 14, 1946
Queens, New York, U.S.
Died March 29, 2016(2016-03-29) (aged 69)
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
Cause of death Sepsis from ruptured intestine
Resting place Forest Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
47°41′04″N 116°47′11″W / 47.684481°N 116.786315°W / 47.684481; -116.786315
Other names Patty Duke Astin
Anna Duke-Pearce
Occupation Actress, author, mental health advocate
Years active 1950–2015
Spouse(s) Harry Falk
(m. 1965; div. 1969)

Michael Tell
(m. 1970; annulled 1970)

John Astin
(m. 1972; div. 1985)

Michael Pearce
(m. 1986)
Children 3, including Sean and Mackenzie Astin
21st President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded by Ed Asner
Succeeded by Barry Gordon

Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016) was an American actress, appearing on stage, film, and television. Her first big break came from her Academy Award winning performance at age 16 for portraying Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962); a role which she had originated on Broadway.[1] The following year she was given her own show, The Patty Duke Show, in which she played "identical cousins" Cathy and Patty Lane. She later progressed to more mature roles such as that of Neely O'Hara in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967).[1] Over the course of her career, she received ten Emmy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards.[2] Duke also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.[1]

Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, after which she devoted much of her time to advocating for and educating the public on mental health issues.


Early lifeEdit

Duke was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, the youngest of three children of Frances Margaret (née McMahon; 1913–1993), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke (1913–1964), a handyman and cab driver.[3] She was of Irish, and more distant German, descent.[4][5]

Duke, her brother Raymond, and her sister Carol 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]

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.[9]




One of Duke's early acting roles was in the late 1950s, on the soap opera The Brighter Day.[10] She also appeared in print ads and in television commercials. In 1959, at the age of 12, Duke appeared on The $64,000 Question and won $32,000; her category of expertise was spelling.[11] In 1962, it was revealed that the game show had 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'd been coached to speak falsely.[12]

Duke at the beginning of her long career

Also in 1959, Duke appeared in a television adaptation of Meet Me in St. Louis as Tootie Smith, the role that had been originated in the film version by Margaret O'Brien. Duke's first major starring role was playing Helen Keller (with Anne Bancroft as Anne Sullivan) in the Broadway play The Miracle Worker, which ran from October 1959 to July 1961. 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.[2] The play was subsequently made into a 1962 film, for which Duke received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[1] At 16, Duke was the youngest person at that time to have received an Academy Award in a competitive category.[1] 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, it was not known that Duke had bipolar disorder; but Sheldon did notice that she had two distinct sides to her personality and thus developed the concept of identical cousins with contrasting personalities.[13] 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; Jean Byron played her mother, Natalie; Paul O'Keefe was her younger brother, Ross; and Eddie Applegate portrayed her boyfriend Richard Harrison.[2] 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.

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). 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[14] — 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.[15]

Duke as Patty Lane on The Patty Duke Show, 1965

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, angry 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 would remain undiagnosed until 1982.[5] 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;[2] and a comedy, Karen's Song, which aired on the fledgling Fox network.[16]

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 was the second woman, after Kathleen Nolan, to be elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, a post she held until 1988.[1] 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.[17] During her term, she led industrial actions and contract negotiations and oversaw the relocation of the guild's headquarters.[17]

Later yearsEdit

Duke gradually reduced her work schedule in the 2000s, but took occasional TV roles, including guest appearances on shows such as Glee[18] and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0. In 2011, she joined the cast of the drama The Protector.[19] She also returned to the stage on occasion — in 2002 as Aunt Eller in a revival of Oklahoma! on Broadway[20] and in 2009 as Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of the musical Wicked.[21] In May 2011, Duke directed the stage version of The Miracle Worker at the now defunct Interplayers Theater in Spokane, Washington.[22]

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

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.[23] 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.[24]


Duke had a successful singing career, including two Top 40 hits in 1965, "Don't Just Stand There" (#8) and "Say Something Funny" (#22).[25] She also performed on TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show.[26]

Mental health advocacyEdit

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 personal experience of mental illness.[7] Her treatment, which included the use of lithium as a 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 in order to increase awareness, funding and research for people with mental illness.[5] In 2007, Duke appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, talking about her bipolar disorder.[27]


Duke wrote three books: her autobiography, Call Me Anna (ISBN 0-553-27205-5) in 1987 and Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness (ISBN 0-553-56072-7) in 1992.[28] A third book, "In The Presence of Greatness—My Sixty Year Journey as an Actress" (ISBN 9781629332352) (with William J. Jankowski), is a collection of essays about the actress's experiences with other artists and celebrities. It was published posthumously in February 2018.


On August 17, 2004, Duke received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion picture industry.[29] 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.[30] On March 6, 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Duke was married four times and had three children.

In 1965, Duke married director Harry Falk, who was 13 years her senior. 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 promoter Michael Tell.[32][33] 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 she was pregnant and married Michael Tell on June 26, 1970, during a manic phase,[34][better source needed] in order to "give (her child) a name".[32] 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. Duke said in her 1987 autobiography that the marriage to Tell was never consummated and that Astin was the actual biological father of Sean, but that she had always believed that Arnaz Jr. was Sean's biological father.[32] It turned out that all three statements were incorrect: in 1994, Sean Astin underwent biological testing to determine his paternity and the results showed that Astin's biological father is actually Tell.[35][36][33]

Duke married John Astin in August 1972. Astin adopted Sean and the couple had another son, actor Mackenzie Astin, in 1973.[2] Duke and Astin worked together extensively during their marriage and she took his name professionally, becoming "Patty Duke Astin". Duke adopted Astin's three sons, and years later in 1998 Astin's sons reversed the adoption with Duke's approval.[37] The couple divorced in 1985.

Duke married her fourth husband, drill sergeant Michael Pearce, in 1986, and remained married to him until her death thirty years later. Duke and Pearce had met during the production of A Time to Triumph, for which Pearce served as a consultant.[1] The couple moved to Hayden, Idaho and adopted a son, Kevin, who was born in 1988.[1] 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.[1]

Duke had three granddaughters by her eldest son Sean: actress Alexandra Astin, Elizabeth, and Isabella.[38]


Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016 [39] in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69.[40] Sean invited the public to contribute to a mental health foundation in his mother's name, the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative.[41] She was interred at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene.[42]



Year Film Role Notes
1958 Country Music Holiday Sis Brand
1958 The Goddess Emily Ann Faulkner, age 8
1958 An American Girl Augusta Davis Short
1959 4D Man Marjorie Sutherland
1959 Happy Anniversary Debbie Walters
1962 The Miracle Worker Helen Keller Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe for New Star of the Year – Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress
1965 Billie Billie Carol
1966 The Daydreamer Thumbelina Voice
1967 Think Twentieth Herself Short
1967 Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara
1969 Me, Natalie Natalie Miller Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1972 You'll Like My Mother Francesca Kinsolving
1978 The Swarm Rita
1982 By Design Helen Genie Awards Nominee for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
1985 Gifts of Greatness Herself
1986 Willy/Milly Doris Niceman Alternative titles: I Was a Teenage Boy, Something Special
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Mrs. Boyle
1999 Kimberly Dr. Feinstenberger Alternate title: Daddy Who?
2003 Wrong Turn Esther Short
2003 Sex at 24 Frames Per Second Interviewee Documentary
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Mrs. Keene/Earlene
2005 Take Me Home: A Child's Experience of Internment Narrarator Short
2008 The Four Children of Tander Welch Susan Metler
2012 Amazing Love Helen
2015 Once in a Lew Moon Herself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1956-1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre Gina / Angelina Rico / Marianne Doona 6 Episodes
1957-1958 Kraft Theatre Roberta/Betty 4 Episodes
1957-1958 The DuPont Show of the Month Young Kathy 2 Episodes
1958-1959 The Brighter Day Ellen Williams Dennis TV series
1958 Kitty Foyle Molly Scharf as a girl TV series
1958 Rendezvous Unnamed Season 1, Episode 7: "Bang Bang, You're Dead"
1958 Swiss Family Robinson Lynda TV movie
1958-1962 The United States Steel Hour Kathy / Penelope / Robin Kent / Sonya Alexandrovna 6 Episodes
1959 Meet Me in St. Louis Tootie Smith TV movie
1959 Once Upon a Christmas Time Lori TV movie
1961 The Power and Glory Coral TV movie
1961 15th Tony Awards Herself
1962 Ben Casey Janie Wahl Season 2, Episode 1: "Mrs. McBroom and the Cloud Watcher"
1963 Best of Patty Duke Patty Lane/Cathy Lane TV movie
1963 Wide Country Cindy Hopkins Season 1, Episode 22: "To Cindy, with Love"
1963 20th Golden Globe Awards Herself - nominee & winner for Most Promising Newcomer - female, and nominee for Best Supporting Actress
1963 The Jimmy Dean Show Guest Season 1, Episode 15
1963 35th Academy Awards Herself - nominee & winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1963–66 The Patty Duke Show Patty Lane/Cathy Lane 104 Episodes Emmy Award Nominee for Best Continued Performance of an Actress in a Series (Lead); Golden Globe Award Nominee for Best TV Star - female
1963-1985 The Johnny Carson Show Guest 4 Episodes
1964 36th Academy Awards Herself
1965 Shindig! Singer 2 Episodes
1966 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall Guest Season 18, Episode 5
1966 38th Academy Awards Herself
1967 Dateline: Hollywood Guest 1 Episode
1967 The Woody Woodbury Show Guest Season 1, Episode 9
1967 Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage Guest Talk Show
1967 The Virginian Sue Ann MacRae Season 5, Episode 16: "Sue Ann"
1967-1969 The Joey Bishop Show Guest 3 Episodes
1967-1979 The Mike Douglas Show Guest & Co-Host 10 Episodes
1968 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Guest Season 2, Episode 18
1968 40th Academy Awards Herself
1968 The Ed Sullivan Show Singer Season 21, Episode 32
1968 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls Herself Short
1969 Journey to the Unknown Barbara King Season 1, Episode 9: "The Last Visitor"
1969 27th Golden Globe Awards Herself - nominee & winner for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
1969 The Dick Cavett Show Guest 1 Episode
1969-1970 The David Frost Show Guest 2 Episodes
1969-1976 The Irv Kupcinet Show Guest 2 Episodes
1970 Matt Lincoln Sheila Season 1, Episode 1: "Sheila"
1970 My Sweet Charlie Marlene Chambers; Nominee & Winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie TV movie
Limited theatrical release after television premiere
1970 The Cliff Sheila TV Movie
1970 27th Golden Globe Awards Herself - Nominee & Winner for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical
1970 Playboy After Dark Guest Season 2, Episode 2
1970 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards Herself - nominee & winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1970 The Movie Game Guest 1 Episode
1971 Two on a Bench Sheila TV movie
1971 If Tomorrow Comes Eileen Phillips TV movie
1971 Night Gallery Holly Schaeffer Season 2, Episode 8, Segment 1 "The Diary"
1972 The Sixth Sense Elizabeth Season 2, Episode 4: "With Affection, Jack The Ripper"
1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Lois Season 2, Episode 9: "Love Child"
1972 She Waits Laura Wilson TV movie
1972 Deadly Harvest Jenny TV movie
1972 The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show Guest 1 Episode
1973 Hawaii Five-O Toni Season 5, Episode 15: "Thanks for the Honeymoon"
1973 Circle of Fear Linda Colby Season 1, Episode 19: "Graveyard Shift"
1973 Birdbath Velma Sparrow TV short
1973 Hollywood Squares Panelist Season 21, Episode 32
1974 Nightmare Jan Richards TV movie
1974 The Wide World of Mystery Adelaide Episode: "Hard Day at Blue Nose"
1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Melanie Kline Season 2, Episode 5: "Miss Kline, We Love You"
1974-1983 Insight Peters and various; Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - Performers 6 Episodes, including: "The Hit Man
1974-1976 Tattletales Guest 27 Episodes
1975 Police Story Danielle Season 2, Episode 17: "Sniper"
1975 Police Woman LaRue Collins Guest-starred with then-husband John Astin in Season 1, Episode 18 "Nothing Left to Lose"
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Kate Gannard Season 6, Episode 22: "Unindicted Wife"
1975 Don Adams' Screen Test Guest 1 Episode: "Tarzan/Public Enemy/Hurricane/Casablanca" pilot
1975-1979 Match Game Panelist 70 Episodes
1975-1980 Match Game PM Guest 17 Episodes
1976 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby Rosemary Woodhouse TV movie (alternate title: Rosemary's Baby II
1976 The Streets of San Francisco Susan Rosen Season 5, Episodes 1&2: "The Thrill Killers" Parts 1&2
1976 Phillip and Barbara Barbara Logan TV movie
1976 Captains and the Kings Bernadette Hennessey Armagh; Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Miniseries
1976 Stumpers! Contestant 1 Episode
1977 Rosetti and Ryan Sylvia Crawford Season 1, Episode: "Men Who Love Women"
1977 Curse of the Black Widow Laura Lockwood/Valerie Steffan TV movie
1977 Fire! Peggy Wilson TV movie
1977 Killer on Board Norma Walsh TV movie
1977 The Storyteller Sue Davidoff TV movie
1977 29th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself - Nominee & Winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie 2 Episodes
1977-1984 The Love Boat Jane Fletcher / Lilly Mackim / Shirlee Warner 3 Episodes
1978 Family Upside Down Wendy; Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special TV movie
1978 Having Babies III Leslee Wexler; Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series Primetime series
1978 ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration Herself
1978 50th Academy Awards Herself
1978 30th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself - Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special
1978 Inside 'The Swarm' Herself Documentary
1979 Before and After Carole Matthews TV movie
1979 Hanging by a Thread Sue Grainger TV movie
1979 Women in White Cathy Payson TV movie
1979 The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan; Primetime Emmy Nominee and Winner of Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie TV movie
1979-1982 Password Plus Contestant 39 Episodes
1979-1991 The $10,000 Pyramid Contestant 70 Episodes
1980 The Babysitter Liz Benedict TV movie
1980 Chain Reaction Guest 10 Episodes
1980 The Women's Room Lily; Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special TV movie
1980 37th Golden Globe Awards Herself
1981 The Girl on the Edge of Town Martha; Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Children's Programming TV movie
1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid Sarah McDavid TV movie
1981 Please Don't Hit Me, Mom Barbara Reynolds, Co-starred with son, Sean Astin. TV movie
1982 Something So Right Jeanne Bosnick TV movie
1982 It Takes Two Molly Quinn TV series
1982 I Love Liberty Guest
1982-1988 Hour Magazine Guest 8 Episodes
1983 September Gun Sister Dolcina TV movie
1983 9th People's Choice Award Herself - Nominee and Winner for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program
1984 Best Kept Secrets Laura Dietz TV movie (alternate title: Under Suspicion)
1984 Comedy Zone Guest 1 Episode
1984 George Washington Martha Washington; Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Miniseries
1985 Hail to the Chief President Julia Mansfield TV series
1985 Hotel Gayla Erikson Season 2, Episode 12: "New Beginnings
1985 37th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself
1985-1988 Super Password Contestant 25 Episodes
1986 A Time to Triumph Concetta Hassan TV movie
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Martha Washington TV movie
1986 36th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself - Nominee for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
1986 43rd Golden Globe Awards Herself
1986 3rd Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards Herself
1986 Whose School Is It? Hostess
1987 The Wil Schriner Show Guest Season 1, Episode 21
1987 It's Living Patty Duke Season 4, Episode 14: "The Evictables"
1987 Fight for Life Shirley Abrams TV movie
1987 Karen's Song Karen Matthews TV series
1987 J.J. Starbuck Verna McKidden Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot"
1988 Fatal Judgement Anne Capute TV movie
1988 Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace Althea Sloan TV Movie
1989 Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes Nancy Evans TV movie (alternate titles: Amityville: The Evil Escapes, Amityville Horror: The Evil Escapes)
1989 Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Carolyn Henry TV movie
1989 Fatal Passions Host
1989 The More You Know Herself PSA
1989-2004 20/20 Herself 2 Episodes
1990 The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 1 Episode
1990 Always Remember I Love You Ruth Monroe TV movie
1990 Call Me Anna Herself & Writer of book/screenplay TV movie
1991 The Torkelsons Catherine Jeffers Season 1, Episode 9: "Return to Sender"
1991 Absolute Strangers Judge Ray TV movie
1991-1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant Lady Morgana 3 Episodes
1992 A Killer Among Friends Jean Monroe TV movie
1992 Last Wish Betty Rollin TV movie
1992 Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive Jean Williams TV movie
1992 Good Morning America Guest 1 Episode
1992 Today Guest 1 Episode
1992 The Dini Petty Show Guest 1 Episode
1993 Maury Guest 1 Episode
1993 Later with Bob Costas Guest 1 Episode
1993 Family of Strangers Beth Thompson TV movie
1993 A Matter of Justice Mary Brown TV movie
1993 No Child of Mine Lucille Jenkins TV movie
1994 Cries from the Heart Terry Wilson TV movie (alternate title: Touch of Truth)
1994 One Womans Courage Grace McKenna TV movie
1995 When the Vows Break Barbara Parker TV movie (alternate title: Courting Justice)
1995 Amazing Grace Hannah Miller 5 episodes
1995 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Guest 1 Episode
1995 Angels, Our Mysterious Messengers Herself Documentary
1996 Harvest of Fire Annie Beiler TV movie
1996 Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah Natalie Porter TV movie
1996 To Face Her Past Beth Bradfield TV movie
1997 A Christmas Memory Sook Faulk TV movie
1997 Frasier Alice Season 4, Episode 12: "Death and the Dog"
1997 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Guest 1 Episode
1998 Reel to Reel Guest 1 Episode
1998 When He Didn't Come Home Faye Dolan TV movie
1998–2003 Touched by an Angel Jean / Nancy Williams; Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series 3 Episode(1999)
1999 The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights Patty Lane/Cathy Lane MacAllister TV movie
1999 A Season for Miracles Angel TV movie
1999 Celebrity Profile Herself 1 Episode
1999 The Martin Short Show Guest 1 Episode
1999-2001 Intimate Portrait Herself/Narrator 3 Episodes
2000 The View Guest 1 Episode
2000 Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story Anne Kincaid TV movie
2000 Love Lessons Sunny Andrews TV movie
2000 Child Stars: Their Story Herself Documentary
2001 Family Law Judge Sylvia Formenti Season 2, Episode 16: "The Liars Club: Part 2"
2001 First Years Evelyn Harrison Season 1, Episode 3: "There's No Place Like Homo"
2001 7th Screen Actors Guild Awards Herself
2001 Backstory Herself 1 Episode: "Valley of the Dolls"
2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration Herself Documentary
2001-2003 Biography Herself 2 Episodes
2002 Little John Sylvia TV movie
2002 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Herself
2003 The O'Reilly Factor Guest 1 Episode
2003 The Caroline Rhea Show Guest 1 Episode
2004 Murder without Conviction Mother Joseph TV movie
2004 Judging Amy Valerie Bing Season 5, Episode 18: "Disposable"
2004 10th Screen Actors Guild Awards Herself
2004 2nd TV Land Awards Herself
2004 On-Air with Ryan Seacrest Guest 1 Episode
2004 Good Day Live Guest 1 Episode
2004 In Time of War: the Japanese American Experience of WWII Narrator Documentary
2004-2006 Larry King Live Guest 2 Episodes
2006 About Us Narrator 1 Episode
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Bridget Connolly TV movie
2009 Love Finds a Home Mary Watson TV movie
2009 Throwing Stones Patti Thom TV movie
2009 The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet Guest 1 Episode
2010 Unanswered Prayers Irene TV movie
2010 My Music: When My Irish Eyes are Smiling Hostess TV Movie
2011 Hawaii 5-0 Sylvia Spencer Season 2, Episode 4: "Mea Makamae"
2011 The Protector Beverly 2 Episodes
2012 Drop Dead Diva Rita Curtis Season 4, Episode 3: "Freak Show"
2013 Glee Jan Season 4, Episode 22: "All or Nothing"
2013 The Interviews: An Oral History of Television Herself 1 Episode
2015 Liv and Maddie Grandmother Janice/Great-Aunt Hilary Season 3, Episode 6: "Grandma-A-Rooney"
2015 Star Words Guest 1 Episode, a 1983 unsold pilot



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 (Unreleased ) 1968[43] Note: After years of remaining unreleased, Patty Duke Sings Folk Songs: Time To Move On was finally 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
Billboard Cashbox
1965 "Don't Just Stand There"
b/w "Everything But Love"
United Artists 875 8 6 Don't Just Stand There
"Say Something Funny" / United Artists 915 22 31
"Funny Little Butterflies" 77 51 Patty Duke's Greatest Hits
1966 "Whenever She Holds You"
b/w "Nothing But You"
United Artists 978 64 63 Patty
"Little Things Mean A Lot"
b/w "The World Is Watching Us"
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 alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Patty Duke". 
  4. ^ "Patty Duke Biography (1946–2016)". Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
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