Patty Duke

Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's managers, John and Ethel Ross. Soon after, Anna Marie became Patty, the actress. Patty started off in commercials, a few movies and some bit parts. Her first big, memorable role came when she was chosen to portray the blind and deaf Helen Keller in the Broadway version of "The Miracle Worker". The play lasted almost two years, from October 19, 1959-July 1, 1961 (Patty left in May, 1961). In 1962, The Miracle Worker (1962) became a movie and Patty won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She was 16 years old, making her the youngest person ever to win an Oscar. She then starred in her own sitcom titled The Patty Duke Show (1963). It lasted for three seasons, and Patty was nominated for an Emmy. In 1965, she starred in the movie Billie (1965). It was a success and was the first movie ever sold to a television network. That same year, she married director Harry Falk. Their marriage lasted four years. She then starred in Valley of the Dolls (1967), which was a financial but not a critical success. In 1969, she secured a part in an independent film called Me, Natalie (1969). The film was a box-office flop, but she won her second Golden Globe Award for her performance in it. In ...

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4D Man (1959)

Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on himself and discovers that each time he passes through something he ages ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
CAST:  Robert Lansing  •  Lee Meriwether  •  James Congdon  •  Robert Strauss

Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on himself and discovers that each time he passes through something he ages ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
CAST:  Robert Lansing  •  Lee Meriwether  •  James Congdon  •  Robert Strauss

Bigger Than the Sky (2005)

After being dumped by his girlfriend, a man stuck in a deadend life decides to audition for a small role in a local community theatre's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Despite having no experience as an actor, he lands the lead role, which wreaks havoc upon his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Al Corley
CAST:  Amy Smart  •  Marcus Thomas  •  Sean Astin  •  John Corbett

After being dumped by his girlfriend, a man stuck in a deadend life decides to audition for a small role in a local community theatre's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Despite having no experience as an actor, he lands the lead role, which wreaks havoc upon his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Al Corley
CAST:  Amy Smart  •  Marcus Thomas  •  Sean Astin  •  John Corbett

The Goddess (1958)

Booze, pills and loneliness mark a young actress' rise to stardom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Kim Stanley  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  Patty Duke  •  Bert Freed

Booze, pills and loneliness mark a young actress' rise to stardom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Kim Stanley  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  Patty Duke  •  Bert Freed

The Swarm (1978)

Scientist Dr. Bradford Crane and army general Thalius Slater join forces to fight an almost invisible enemy threatening America; killer bees that have deadly venom and attack without reason. Disaster movie-master Irwin Allen's film contains spectacular special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Allen
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Katharine Ross  •  Richard Widmark  •  Richard Chamberlain

Scientist Dr. Bradford Crane and army general Thalius Slater join forces to fight an almost invisible enemy threatening America; killer bees that have deadly venom and attack without reason. Disaster movie-master Irwin Allen's film contains spectacular special ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Allen
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Katharine Ross  •  Richard Widmark  •  Richard Chamberlain

Two on a Bench (1971)

An outgoing young girl and a square stockbroker meet on a park bench in Boston and are mistaken for international spies and chased by both sides.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Paris
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Andrew Duggan  •  John Astin  •  Alice Ghostley

An outgoing young girl and a square stockbroker meet on a park bench in Boston and are mistaken for international spies and chased by both sides.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Paris
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Andrew Duggan  •  John Astin  •  Alice Ghostley

Killer on Board (1977)

The passengers on a cruise ship are seized by panic when a deadly virus begins killing off passengers and crew.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Leacock
CAST:  Claude Akins  •  Patty Duke  •  Len Birman  •  Frank Converse

The passengers on a cruise ship are seized by panic when a deadly virus begins killing off passengers and crew.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Leacock
CAST:  Claude Akins  •  Patty Duke  •  Len Birman  •  Frank Converse

Fire! (1977)

The sheer terror and unearthly beauty of a raging forest fire is breathlessly captured in this compelling Irwin Allen production boasting a big-name cast and enough blazing special effects to turn night into day. Involved are a lumber mill owner (Ernest Borgnine), ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Earl Bellamy
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Vera Miles  •  Patty Duke  •  Alex Cord

The sheer terror and unearthly beauty of a raging forest fire is breathlessly captured in this compelling Irwin Allen production boasting a big-name cast and enough blazing special effects to turn night into day. Involved are a lumber mill owner (Ernest Borgnine), ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Earl Bellamy
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Vera Miles  •  Patty Duke  •  Alex Cord

Harvest of Fire (1996)

In a small Amish community, three barns are burnt down almost simultaneously. FBI agent Sally Russwell is sent in to investigate this possible hate crime. What she finds however is a community that little trust for outsiders or "The English" as they call them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Lolita Davidovich  •  Patty Duke  •  J.A. Preston  •  Jean Louisa Kelly

In a small Amish community, three barns are burnt down almost simultaneously. FBI agent Sally Russwell is sent in to investigate this possible hate crime. What she finds however is a community that little trust for outsiders or "The English" as they call them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Lolita Davidovich  •  Patty Duke  •  J.A. Preston  •  Jean Louisa Kelly

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986)

The first U.S. president (Barry Bostwick) and his wife (Patty Duke) endure two terms of turmoil from 1789 to 1797.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Graham
CAST:  Barry Bostwick  •  Patty Duke  •  Jeffrey Jones  •  Richard Bekins

The first U.S. president (Barry Bostwick) and his wife (Patty Duke) endure two terms of turmoil from 1789 to 1797.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Graham
CAST:  Barry Bostwick  •  Patty Duke  •  Jeffrey Jones  •  Richard Bekins

By Design (1982)

Angie and Helen are in love. They live and work together designing women's evening wear in Vancouver. When Helen decides she wants to have a baby, the pair set out to find a suitable sperm donor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Jutra
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Sara Botsford  •  Saul Rubinek  •  Sonia Zimmer

Angie and Helen are in love. They live and work together designing women's evening wear in Vancouver. When Helen decides she wants to have a baby, the pair set out to find a suitable sperm donor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Jutra
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Sara Botsford  •  Saul Rubinek  •  Sonia Zimmer

The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981)

Sarah McDavid, an idealistic young teacher, takes a job in a rough high school where she is eventually attacked and raped in her classroom after school hours and decides to buck the school system in an attempt to make schools safer for students and teachers alike, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Llewellyn Moxey
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Ned Beatty  •  James Sloyan  •  Vernee Watson-Johnson

Sarah McDavid, an idealistic young teacher, takes a job in a rough high school where she is eventually attacked and raped in her classroom after school hours and decides to buck the school system in an attempt to make schools safer for students and teachers alike, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Llewellyn Moxey
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Ned Beatty  •  James Sloyan  •  Vernee Watson-Johnson

The Power and the Glory (1963)

Based on Graham Greene's novel about a flawed but devoted priest in 1930s Mexico who attempts to perform his duties while eluding a police lieutenant determined to capture him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Daniels
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Julie Harris  •  George C. Scott  •  Martin Gabel

Based on Graham Greene's novel about a flawed but devoted priest in 1930s Mexico who attempts to perform his duties while eluding a police lieutenant determined to capture him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Daniels
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Julie Harris  •  George C. Scott  •  Martin Gabel

The Girl on the Edge of Town (1981)

Patty Duke Astin received an Emmy nomination for her role as a mother whose teenage daughter learns she is pregnant thus bringing back memories of her own teenage years and mistakes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Rhodes
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Billy Green Bush  •  Patricia Barry  •  Sherry Hursey

Patty Duke Astin received an Emmy nomination for her role as a mother whose teenage daughter learns she is pregnant thus bringing back memories of her own teenage years and mistakes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Rhodes
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  Billy Green Bush  •  Patricia Barry  •  Sherry Hursey

Amazing Love (2012)

Teen friends, Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy embark on a weekend camping trip lead by their church youth group leader Stuart (Sean Astin) and his wife Beth (Erin Bethea). Joining them is an outsider Ashley, a self-involved rich kid, whose attitude causes a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Downes
CAST:  Sean Astin  •  Patty Duke  •  Erin Bethea  •  Savannah Jayde

Teen friends, Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy embark on a weekend camping trip lead by their church youth group leader Stuart (Sean Astin) and his wife Beth (Erin Bethea). Joining them is an outsider Ashley, a self-involved rich kid, whose attitude causes a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Downes
CAST:  Sean Astin  •  Patty Duke  •  Erin Bethea  •  Savannah Jayde

The Babysitter (1980)

Overprotective mother Liz Benedict meets 18-year-old orphan Joanna Redwine and hires her as house help and live-in companion to rambunctious daughter Tara. Liz's husband Jeff isn't too thrilled with the arrangement, and his fears soon prove justified when Joanna ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  William Shatner  •  Quinn Cummings  •  Stephanie Zimbalist

Overprotective mother Liz Benedict meets 18-year-old orphan Joanna Redwine and hires her as house help and live-in companion to rambunctious daughter Tara. Liz's husband Jeff isn't too thrilled with the arrangement, and his fears soon prove justified when Joanna ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  William Shatner  •  Quinn Cummings  •  Stephanie Zimbalist

Unanswered Prayers (2012)

After his football career, Ben Beck returned to his Virginia small town and joined the family building firm. His family happiness with wife Lorrie and adolescent son Jessie is suddenly tested by the return of Ben's first high-school love, Ava Andersson, who visits ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Schachter
CAST:  Eric Close  •  Ricardo Sosa Jr.  •  Samantha Mathis  •  Dionne Audain

After his football career, Ben Beck returned to his Virginia small town and joined the family building firm. His family happiness with wife Lorrie and adolescent son Jessie is suddenly tested by the return of Ben's first high-school love, Ava Andersson, who visits ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Schachter
CAST:  Eric Close  •  Ricardo Sosa Jr.  •  Samantha Mathis  •  Dionne Audain

Murder Without Conviction (2004)

Recently released from her vows as a nun, Christine Bennett is discovering "life on the outside." After a visit to her mentally-handicapped cousin Gene, Christine becomes embroiled in the investigation of the murder mystery surrounding James and Edward Talley, twin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Conner
CAST:  Megan Ward  •  Morgan Weisser  •  Rutanya Alda  •  David Proval

Recently released from her vows as a nun, Christine Bennett is discovering "life on the outside." After a visit to her mentally-handicapped cousin Gene, Christine becomes embroiled in the investigation of the murder mystery surrounding James and Edward Talley, twin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Conner
CAST:  Megan Ward  •  Morgan Weisser  •  Rutanya Alda  •  David Proval

The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights (1999)

Original castmembers from the 60's series reunite as Patty fights to stop her longtime nemesis Sue Ellen from turning Brooklyn Heights High into a shopping mall.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Leitch
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  William Schallert  •  Jean Byron  •  Paul O'Keefe

Original castmembers from the 60's series reunite as Patty fights to stop her longtime nemesis Sue Ellen from turning Brooklyn Heights High into a shopping mall.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Leitch
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  William Schallert  •  Jean Byron  •  Paul O'Keefe

Willy/Milly (1986)

Milly is annoyed whenever her mom tells her to behave more appropriate for a girl. She's just not interested in fancy dresses or prom dances. Some day her best friend's little brother offers her a potion which can make her deepest wish come true during a solar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schneider
CAST:  Pamela Adlon  •  Eric Gurry  •  Mary Tanner Bailey  •  John Glover

Milly is annoyed whenever her mom tells her to behave more appropriate for a girl. She's just not interested in fancy dresses or prom dances. Some day her best friend's little brother offers her a potion which can make her deepest wish come true during a solar ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schneider
CAST:  Pamela Adlon  •  Eric Gurry  •  Mary Tanner Bailey  •  John Glover

She Waits (1972)

When a newlywed woman is taken to her husband's hometown to meet his mother, she is possessed by the vengeful spirit of his previous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  David McCallum  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Lew Ayres

When a newlywed woman is taken to her husband's hometown to meet his mother, she is possessed by the vengeful spirit of his previous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Patty Duke  •  David McCallum  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Lew Ayres
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