Growing up in the 1960’s Patty Duke was a part of my every day TV Life, due in part to her TV show, The Patty Duke Show, which she played two roles, that of twin cousins, Patty and Cathy Lane. As I grew a little older I finally saw The Miracle Worker, and I became a life-long fan of this extrodinary actress.
Duke received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Although Shirley Temple and Judy Garland had both won “juvenile” Oscars for general achievement, Duke was the youngest person at that time to receive an Academy Award for a specific role. She also won a Golden Globe for Me, Natalie in 1969, which also featured Al Pacino in his onscreen debut. In 1979 in a Teleivision movie of “The Miracle Worker” Duke played Anne Sullivan.