In my Senior year of High School, we staged The Miracle Worker, and won awards throughout the state for our performances. I was a prop manager, but every night we put on the show I would stand in the audience and see the standing ovations. It was not until working on this play that I actually saw the movie The Miracle Worker in it’s entirety.
Raw, full of emotion and heart-wrenching charecters, I became enthralled in this film and the actors and actresses that played the parts of the true story of young Helen Keller. Especially that of Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.
The film won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Bancroft) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Patty Duke, age 16). The film was also nominated for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.