Legendary Actress Patty Duke Passes Away

Patty Duke 2004. Image via Tinseltown

Patty Duke 2004. Image via Tinseltown

Legendary actress Patty Duke (Anna Pearce), known for her roles in the The Patty Duke Show and The Miracle Worker died today at the age of 69. The actress passed away from sepsis as a result of a ruptured intestine, according to her agent. Known for her roles in Valley of the DollsMy Sweet Charlie, and Me, Natalie, the New York native took home an Academy Award for her portrayal of Hellen Keller in The Miracle Worker. In the 1980s the star made headlines when she began to talk openly about living with bipolar disorder, and championed more open dialogue about mental illness and urged her fans to contact local congressional leaders to better fun mental health programs.

 

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