Call Me Anna The Autobiography of Patty Duke The Star The public saw her as a gifted child star the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the youngest actor to have a prime time television series b

  • Title: Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke
  • Author: Patty Duke Kenneth Turan
  • ISBN: 9780553272055
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Star The public saw her as a gifted child star the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the youngest actor to have a prime time television series bearing her own name The Nightmare What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical mangers striThe Star The public saw her as a gifted child star the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the youngest actor to have a prime time television series bearing her own name The Nightmare What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical mangers stripped her of nearly all that was familiar, beginning with her name She was deprived of family and friends Her every word was programmed, her every action monitored and criticized She was fed liquor and prescription drugs, taught to lie to get work, and relentlessly drilled to win roles The Legend Out of this nightmare emerged Patty Duke, a show business legend still searching for the child, Anna She won three Emmy Awards and divorced three husbands A starring role in Valley of the Dolls nearly ruined her career She was notorious for wild spending sprees, turbulent liaisons, and an uncontrollable temper Until a long hidden illness was diagnosed, and her amazing recovery recovery began The Triumph Call Me Anna is an American success story that grew out of a bizarre and desperate struggle for survival A harrowing, ultimately triumphant story told by Patty Duke herself wife, mother, political activist, President of the Screen Actors Guild, and at last, a happy, fulfilled woman whose miracle is her own life.

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      Anna Marie Patty Duke was an American actress of stage, film, and television First becoming famous as a child star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for the role of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, and later starring in her self titled sitcom, The Patty Duke Show for three years She progressed to adult roles such as Neely O Hara in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982 afterwards she then devoted much of her time to advocating and educating the public on mental health issues She was later elected president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016, at the age of 69, in Coeur d Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

    395 thoughts on “Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke”

    1. I was sad to learn that Patty Duke has died. I read her memoir when I was in junior high, and it had a profound affect on me. Her stories about the pressures she faced as a child actor and her battles with mental illness were deeply moving. I thought this book was so interesting that I read it several times, and I even did a school report on it. Several decades later, I can still vividly recall scenes from this book. It's one of the great celebrity memoirs of the 1980s.


    2. Oh boy, talk about a life filled with turmoil! Really made me appreciate the non-craziness of my life. Patty/Anna had a rough childhood. Rough! Ok, not Tatum O'Neal rough, but still bad. Her adult life wasn't much better since she was bipolar but not diagnosed until she was nearly 40. That's a long time to have manic episodes. I am actually impressed she managed a career at all, considering all the bridges she burned over the years. Everyone in Hollywood thought she had a drug problem. Maybe tha [...]


    3. I'm torn between 4 stars and 5 stars. I hate to give almost everything I read 5 stars. Makes it seem that a REALLY great book isn't quite so great then But on to my review.This was a well-written, poignant story about a very interesting woman! I bought this book at the library from their Friends of the Library "shelf sale". I wasn't sure if I would be interested in it or not, but thought, "Maybe I'll get around to reading it." Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! I had no idea that the per [...]


    4. I shit you not when I say this book is a masterpiece. Loved it. The anecdotes are riveting (her recounting of The Miracle Worker, in particular). The topics are engaging (family life, manic-depression, self-medicating, sleeping disorders). And the photographs are incredible. This memoir/autobio left a deep and lasting mark. Love.



    5. "The youngest person to win an Academy Award - for her performance as Helen Keller in 'The Miracle Worker' - and winner also of three Emmys for outstanding dramatic appearances on television, Patty Duke is one of the most honored stars in America, a woman so respected by her fellow actors, she has been elected president of the Screen Actors Guild. With such unanimous public and professional recognition of her talent, Patty Duke would appear to represent the ultimate American success story.But ap [...]


    6. Sad, troubled life. I found it interesting in many ways: the abused child actor past with evil Dicksonian managers, serious mental health breakdowns, and her acting career range from child Broadway star, Oscar, Emmy, acting award winner, to her grand flops & cheesy tv. Major kudos to Patty for being so honest & forthright about her mental illness. On the down side her author's voice seriously annoyed me & exhibits her lack of writing talent. She writes how she talks using slang terms [...]


    7. this is a book about the life and career of patty duke from an award winning child actress, to her life as an adult, her career, her marriages, her relationships with such people as desi arnez jr, , her relationships with her children, and finally her diagnoses with and ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, and her life today


    8. Honest and sad, with self awareness and humor. Patty details her life in an open way, as she moves through changes & strangeness. Her parental figures( or lack there of) certainly had an impact in her formative years. Patty makes her struggles relatable to those of us not in showbiz.


    9. Patty Duke's harrowing memoir recounting her horrifying, abusive childhood and her long journey to diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Painful but necessary reading.


    10. I would give this a 4.5. I read this book years ago right after it came out almost 30 years ago. I was saddened to read that Patty Duke died this week. In honor of her, I decided to read this book again. Ms. Duke writes a very honest memoir of her life as a child actress who went on to many other roles as an adult. She was known for playing Helen Keller in the broadway play and movie. And for having her own show The Patty Duke show in the 1960s. There is so much more to this book. Her childhood [...]


    11. “In some areas of my life I am totally crazy.” For almost 200 pages Patty Duke with the piercing brilliantly beautiful eyes that I remember from her TV show, ranted and raved about the Ross’s who commandeered her life as a young child and controlled her more mercilessly than any child star’s mother possibly could. I was about to quit at several points, fed up with the childishness. The Miracle Worker time of her life became more interesting and she finally began to mature and take mo [...]


    12. This autobiography is very inspirational and well-written. In the 1960s, Patty Duke was seen as a peppy teenager and a gifted Oscar-Award winning actress. On the outside, it seemed as if she had everything--she was the youngest actress to win an Oscar Award for her performance as Helen Keller in the film adaptation of The Miracle Worker (1962). She was also the youngest actress to star in a TV series bearing her own name (The Patty Duke Show). But nobody really knew of the deep struggles she dea [...]


    13. Even though this book came out some time ago, it is still an excellent read for anyone who is a fan of Patty Duke, whose given name was Anna. I've loved her work for years but had no idea what a difficult and turmoil-filled early life she had. This autobiography tells of her childhood, which was filled with dysfunction, as well as her early career, marriages and also her struggle with undiagnosed manic depression. I admire her greatly for her courage and wish I had found this book sooner. I plan [...]


    14. The Star--The public saw her as a gifted child star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the youngest actor to have a prime-time television series bearing her own name.The Nightmare--What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical mangers stripped her of nearly all that was familiar, beginning with her name. She was deprived of family and friends. Her every word was program [...]


    15. I read this book for the May challenge on Booklovers General Fiction forum. I always loved the Patty Duke show so I thought why not find out more about her life. After reading this book I saw a troubled young lady fighting to get her life back.She had abandonment issues, emotional and mental abuse, but she still came out of this fighting. She was treated awful by her managers/surrogate parents. Her own parents had mental illness issues and alcoholism. Patty had these same issues and throw medica [...]


    16. Oh my, what is there to say about her unbelievable childhood. Confusing, intense, lonely, and sad. It was hard to read, I wanted all the pain to be over. But it doesn't end there - having no guidance on how to function in the world, she sets off to the messy world of relationships. No matter where she is in her life, though, her ability to ring true and be honest is what saves her. And love, she is very lovable. I wanted to give her hugs as I read her book and say, ""it is ok now."" A wonderfull [...]


    17. Really interesting autobiography of Patty Duke. I grew up around same time as she did and always thought of her as lucky and happy. Behind the scenes this was totally untrue. Even as a child drugs and alcohol pushed on her sad. As an adult she would have periods of being out control and the drugs, alcohol and binging of many things would define her. She was diagnosed as Bipolar and very brave and strong to come out with this diagnosis, esp. working in Hollywood. Good book, inspiring as well.


    18. I first read this book the year my mother died. She was 60 and suddenly I felt the world on my shoulders. I did not want to work, be a mom, wife, listen to sound and stay in the dark. AS a L.P.N. I knew something was not right. One night I saw the Movie with Patty Duke starring and I knew I had to see a psychiatrist right away. This was the beginning of a new life for me and answered so many questions about my personality. Give yourself a gift and purchase this book. God Bless


    19. This autobiograhy of Patty Duke was excellently written and lets you into the world of this celebrity that was previously hidden from many. From her childhood trauma's to her struggles with mental illness, it was truly a very inspirational story.Don't remember exactly when I read this paperback copy, but I do know I had her autograph it personally, when she was the speaker at a local mental health dinner.


    20. Duke comprehensively recounts her life experiences from childhood star on. These include fabulously productive periods interspersed with more destructive ones. She can laugh at herself, and I found myself chuckling at some of her antics when she really brought the cray cray. (I couldn't help it; she's a pragmatic narrator, with a good sense of humor.) The book is insightful, honest, and unapologetic. The tone is very matter-of-fact and possesses a clarity of hindsight that's truly inspiring.


    21. I'm proud to have this book in my library - always a fan of Anna Marie's, I learned of her struggles through a difficult yet successful life. I admire her greatly.She made an error, however; her eldest son now knows who his father is. I'm glad of that.A good book for anyone who likes biographies.


    22. Here's how bad my school daze were. For the non-fiction class, I was too lazy to read another book, so I said I read this book, which I had read two years earlier after I saw Duke's TV movie this based on. Very interesting book though. My teacher was never impressed with my non-fiction writing style


    23. My first exposure to what we now call bi-polar disorder was through this book. We all knew her as The Star of the Patty Duke show, but at the time many of us had no idea about The Nightmare in which she lived. She tells it all here which is part of what makes her a Triumphant Legend and Force in the theater and movie industries.


    24. I grew up in a world where the stigma of mental illness is slightly easier to overcome, and this is largely thanks to people like Patty Duke and Margot Kidder who refused to hide in shame even after the whole world watched them fall. I have so much admiration for this woman.


    25. I love this book so much, I am re-reading it for about the millionth time!!! I greatly admire Patty Duke, and once had the privilege of meeting her. Her grace and fortitude through some horrific life events inspires me, and that's why I am re-reading it - to gain strength.


    26. I read this about 5 years ago as I tried to cope with a friend who was bipolar (she has since committed suicide unfortunately). I wish she had achieved the success with treatment that Patty Duke was able to achieve.


    27. I read this shortly after it came out and enjoyed it a lot. Patty Duke was the first person I had heard of that discussed her mental problems openly. I had loved her TV show and was a big fan of her and her husband, John Astin. And now her son, Sean Astin.


    28. Oh, another tough one. The things some of these child stars were subjected to to get a movie made or a television show shot are criminal. Anna's had a tough time of it and it continues through the rest of her life. Story needed telling.


    29. Every child deserves loving parents that put their child above all else. Anna's parents gave her away for the sake of fame and fortune. An intriguing and sad story. I understood her later battles with mental illness better than most, having family members with similar problems.


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