Oscar Winning Actor Patty Duke Dies At Age 69
According to the Associated Press, Oscar-winning actor Patty Duke has died at the age of 69, and her agent has confirmed the news. Duke was a stage, film, and television actor, who rose to fame after winning an Academy Award at 16 for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Duke's agent released a statement on her death to The Huffington Post, which reads,
After Duke's rise to fame as a teenager, she starred in several TV shows, and was nominated for eight Emmys, receiving three, for her work in The Miracle Worker, Captains and Kings, and My Sweet Charlie. She also starred in the eponymous series The Patty Duke Show after her success in The Miracle Worker.
Duke was married to Army drill sergeant Michael Pearce at the time of her death, and also leaves behind three children and three grandchildren. She most recently appeared in a 2015 episode of Liv and Maddie on the Disney channel.
Duke's family issued the following statement to Bustle: