Patty Duke, winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1962's The Miracle Worker, and star of the early 1960s sitcom, The Patty Duke Show, has died at the age of 69 of sepsis.
The woman born as Anna Marie Duke had a varied career after those early roles. She revealed her bi-polar disorder (diagnosed in 1982) in her 1987 autobiography, Call Me Anna.
Some scoffed at her 1960s sitcom for its unrealistic premise, that of identical twin cousins. (This was during a TV era which gave us such "realistic" shows as Mister Ed, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie.) This premise didn't keep Miss Duke from being nominated for an Emmy!
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P.S. -- Some of my regulars may be wondering how I'll handle any celebrity deaths during the month of April. Any memorial notices that I see fit to include will be added to April's daily A to Z Challenge entries.