NEW YORK (AP) – Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as a teen for “The Miracle Worker” and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life, has died at the age of 69.
Duke’s agent, Mitchell Stubbs, says the actress died early Tuesday morning of sepsis from a ruptured intestine.
She built on her success in teen hood by playing identical cousins on the popular sitcom, “The Patty Duke Show.”
Her breakout role was playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker on the screen and stage. The 16 year old won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1962 film making her the youngest ever Oscar winner at the time.
She continued acting throughout the next five decades, mostly in television, winning three Emmys for her work.
In her autobiography, Duke revealed she had been diagnosed with manic depression making her the first celebrity to publicly acknowledge dealing with the disorder. She spent much of her later years as a mental health advocate.
Duke was married four times and had three children.
Her son, actor Sean Astin, wrote a message on Facebook that says: Anna Patty Duke Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place.
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