DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Patty Duke (aged 69)
Anna Marie “Patty” Duke (December 14, 1946 – March 29, 2016) was an American actress, appearing on stage, film, and television. Her first big break came from her Academy Award winning performance at age 16 for portraying Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), a role that she had originated on Broadway. The following year she was given her own show, The Patty Duke Show, in which she played the dual role of “identical cousins” Cathy and Patty Lane. She later progressed to more mature roles such as that of Neely O’Hara in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967). Over the course of her career, she received ten Emmy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards as well as two Golden Globe Awards. Duke also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.
DEATH: Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69. Sean invited the public to contribute to a mental health foundation in his mother’s name, the Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative. She was interred at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene.