Hollywood Remembers ‘Legendary Actor’ Patty Duke Who ‘Left a Mark on This World’

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The death of legendary actress Patty Duke, at age 69, triggered an outpouring of condolences on social media from the Hollywood community.

Melissa Gilbert, who worked with Duke on “The Miracle Worker” and “Family of Strangers,” issued a statement on Tuesday referring to Duke with her given name, Annie Marie Duke: “Anna was my dear friend, teacher, and a second mother. Her passing leaves a huge hole in my heart. She helped raise me to be the woman I am today. She was so loved by so many people including me. She had a mind-boggling depth of talent, a fantastic sense of humor and survived being a child actor in the worst of circumstances. Anna won every award possible as a performer and as a humanitarian, and it was all well-deserved — she was an extraordinary human being.”

“She got so many people to see mental illness as what it really is, and led the effort to de-stigmatize it,” the statement goes on. “She truly understood mental illness at its core and worked her entire life to help those who suffer from it.”

Actress Lynda Carter paid tribute to Duke as “a wonderful actress”:

“Very saddened on the passing of Patty Duke,” said actor William Shatner. “She was a wonderful friend on Twitter. Condolences to her family.”

Actress Octavia Spencer extended condolences to Duke’s children, writing, “Sad to hear about . My thoughts and prayers are with Sean and Mac.”

“Devastated to hear of the passing of the amazing Patty Duke,” wrote actress Holly Robinson Peete, calling her a “legendary actor” and “eloquent humanitarian.”

“Patty Duke has died,” tweeted actress Rose McGowan. “Thank you for sharing your talent with us for all these years.

Actress Alyssa Milano wrote, “Rest with the angels, Patty Duke. Thoughts and prayers are with all that love her.”

Actress Marlee Matlin wrote on Twitter: “Brave, outspoken & humanitarian who played Helen Keller in ‘Miracle Worker,’ Oscar winner Patty Duke passed. I will miss her. RIP.”

Actor Jerry Lawler wrote, “Sad to hear that our friend Patty Duke has passed away today. She was a talented and wonderful actress. R.I.P.”

“So saddened to hear about the death of my TV grandma Patty Duke,” wrote actor Joey Bragg, who worked alongside Duke on Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie.” “It was an honor to get to work with you. You’ve left a mark on this world that will be here long after I’m gone too. All my love to you and your family.”

“It is a difficult time for the union, and Anna’s death is another devastating loss to our union family. She was a committed unionist and a champion for her fellow members,” said SAG-AFTRA acting president Gabrielle Carteris. “I had the honor of working with Anna and she had an amazing energy, resolve and positive spirit. She will be sorely missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

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  1. Kathy says:

    I met her and she made me feel important. I had call me anna in hardback. I cried all the way home, feeling that there was so much more to say.

  2. JOE S HILL says:

    The passing of Academy award winner Patty Duke will be a serious and enormous loss,to be felt for a long time! the star of “THE MIRACLE WORKER” (1962) and ABC-TV’s “THE PATTY DUKE SHOW” for Chrislaw Prods. and United Artists Television (1963-66) was one of those special,and rare people in this business,that you just don’t see too many of,with her acting quality! she was also an accomplished singer,who did the wonderful song,”Funny Little Butterflies” for her 1965 movie,”BILLIE”,which was also released by United Artists,during the time of her final TV season of her series-and “VALLEY OF THE DOLLS” came along,really putting this actress on the chart! there will never be another actress in the business like Ms Duke,and like most of these gifted and iconic people,their works will endure forever! farewell Patty Duke,,you will ALWAYS be remembered!

  3. Richard says:

    The Miracle Worker was the first movie, besides a Disney feature that I saw in a theater. It was a revolution for me at seven years of age a film whose story I could completely digest, it mesmerized me and I worshiped Helen Keller, who was still alive and devoured anything I could find about her . It also made me a lifelong fan of Miss Duke and Anne Bancroft whose talent made those roles unforgettable. Such a great talent RIP Patty and heartfelt condolences to your family. Gone too soon.

  4. BillUSA says:

    My first memory of Patty Duke was when I saw “The Miracle Worker” when it debuted on local television. It was one of those experiences which taught me a life lesson which is that one can accomplish the seemingly unattainable with persistence.

    I then watched “The Patty Duke Show” after school on occasion too. It was a program I’ll always remember fondly.

    It’s always sad when someone from your earliest memories passes away. It makes me melancholy not only for days of my youth but also for the loss of some stranger you knew only as a character they portrayed – yet felt some emotional attachment to.

    My heartfelt thoughts and condolences to her loved ones.

  5. Je Vizzusi says:

    I was mesmerized when I first saw The Miracle Worker with my folks. The imprint on a young boy was never, never give up no matter how bad things are in life. Duke`s performance was absolutely amazing. I dont know honestly how you can rehearse for such a role. I don’t know if she herself completely knew what she was doing. But somehow in the primanalysis of acting this was quite honestly the best ever. For myself, this was Patty Duke and was and will forever be Patty Duke. The Miracle that is life lives with her Angelic spirit. @JEV1A

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