Patty Duke Dies
Oscar winning actress Patty Duke has died.
Reps for the 69-year-old who battled bipolar disorder confirm that Duke passed away from a ruptured intestine.
Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, a beloved child star who became one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses, is dead. She was 69.
Duke died Tuesday in Idaho from an infection after suffering a ruptured intestine, her manager said.
The Queens-born daughter of a troubled cashier and an alcoholic car driver, Duke overcame a dark childhood to hit the trifecta of stardom on TV, in the movies, and on Broadway. She was also president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.
Duke rocketed to fame in the 1960s as the star of “The Patty Duke Show,” which ran for 104 episodes over three seasons, and in which she played her rambunctious self as well as her more demure “identical cousin.”
So sad, condolences to the family.
Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review, via AP