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August 3, 2023

35 Beautiful Photos of a Young Patty Duke in the 1960s

Born 1946 in Manhattan, New York City, American actress Patty Duke portrayed Helen Keller in the film The Miracle Worker (1962) at age 15, 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).

Duke 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.

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

In 2004, Duke received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion-picture industry. She died in 2016 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69. Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portraits of a young Patty Duke in the 1960s.


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