Anna Marie Patty Duke, better known as Patty Duke is an American movie star, who appeared first on stage, then in television and then in film. She is famously known for the portrayal of the role ‘Helen Keller’ in ‘The Miracle Worker’. She had a successful career, including her own show. She eventually died on March 29, 2016, at the age of 69 due to a ruptured intestine. Now let’s have a close look on Patty Duke’s net worth.
Patty Duke Early Life
Patty Duke was born in 1946 on 14 December to Frances Margaret and John Patrick Duke. She was youngest of the three children and was born in New York. She was an Irish and distant German.
She faced a very difficult childhood because of her family and when her care was handed over to talent managers Ethel and John Ross, they took advantage of her by billing Duke as two years younger, gave her alcohol, prescription drugs and even changed her name from ‘Anna Marie’ to ‘Patty’ in hope that it would duplicate the success of Patty McCormack.
Patty Duke Career, Awards & Achievement
Her acting career started in the late 1950’s, where she acted in a soap opera called ‘The Brighter Day’. She was good at spellings and won a handsome amount on ‘The $64,000 Question’
In 1959, she acted as Tootie Smith in the television adaptation of ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’.
Acting as Hellen Keller in the play ‘The Miracle Worker’ from October 1956 to July 1961 was the cherry on the top of her career and because of it she received many awards. The play being turned into a film in 1962, bagged her an Oscar.
Acting in ‘The Power and Glory’ was her return to television.
In September 1963, her own series called ‘The Patty Duke’ show was created where she portrayed two main characters.
In 1966, a new phase of her adult acting career started and she played the role of Neely O’Hara in the movie ‘Valley of the Dolls’. In 1969, she starred in ‘Me, Natalie’, for which she won an award.
She again returned to television and starred in many tv series like ‘My Sweet Charlie’, ‘Captains and the Kings’, ‘It Takes Two’, ‘Hail to the Chief’, ‘Karen’s Song’, etc, for which she won many awards.
In 1980’s, she acted in Canadian film ‘By Design’ and in 1990 she acted in the film adaptation of the play ‘Prelude to a Kiss’.
In 2000’s, she reduced her work schedule and only did occasional tv roles, guest appearances, stage occasion, etc. She made her final appearance in ‘Liv and Maddie’
Awards & Achievements
She won an academy award for the portrayal of the role of ‘Helen Keller’ in ‘Miracle Workers’ at the age of 16 in the year 1963. In the same year, she also won the promising newcomer for Golden Globe. These awards made her the youngest person to receive the Oscar. She also received coveted award for Paper Moon. She also has three Emmy Awards. She further got a Genie Award nomination for Best Foreign Actress.
Net Worth of Patty Duke
Patty Duke has an estimated net worth of $10 million. She bagged $32,000 on the game show “The $64,000 Question” . She earned most of her fortune from movies and tv shows where she truly showcased her acting skills. He also wrote few books and sang songs.
Patty Duke has mesmerized us with her acting and remains one of the famous American actresses. In her autobiography, she revealed about her bipolar disorder and became an activist to increase awareness and also spoke on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. She was cremated at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene.