Patty Duke


Age: 69

actress who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and astonished audiences as the young dead-and-blind Keller on Broadway, then in the acclaimed 1962 film version appeared in both alongside Anne Bancroft as Helen's teacher Annie Sullivan (who won an Oscar of her own), who maintained a long career while battling personal demons and also starred in her own sitcom The Patty Duke Show in 1963, which aired for three seasons (she played dual roles as identical cousins), and who won three Emmy Awards for the TV film My Sweet Charlie, the miniseries Captains & the Kings, and the 1979 TV remake of The Miracle Worker, in which she played Annie Sullivan with Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert as Keller.

Cause of Death: Sepsis from a ruptured intestine

Born: December 14, 1946

Died: March 29, 2016

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho