In 1963, at age 16, American actress Patty Duke won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker—becoming the youngest Oscar recipient at the time. She had previously performed the role on Broadway from 1959-1961. She later starred in ’60s cult classics likeValley of the Dolls and Me, Natalie. As her success on the big screen continued, however, Duke began to privately unravel due to drug and alcohol abuse and bipolar disorder. She later became known for her rein as the “Queen of TV Movies,” starring in a veritable legion of small screen films from the ’70s to the new millennium. Duke died on March 29, 2016 at the age of 69.



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