BREAKING: Patty Duke Dies At 69
Beloved television, movie, and Broadway actress Anna Marie "Patty" Duke has died at the age of 69. According to USA Today, her representative Mitchell Stubbs said, "Her cause of death was sepsis from a ruptured intestine."
He also described her as "a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon. She will be missed."
According to Fox 11, her family released a statement as well, saying, "this morning, our beloved wife, mother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian and champion for mental health closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place. We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life."
Duke first gained fame for her difficult role as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," a Broadway act and 1962 film. Her starring role in "The Patty Duke Show" earned her a spot in 1996 in the TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time." She had numerous appearances in other TV shows, such as Hail to the Chief, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and Touched by an Angel.
Outside of acting, she was the first celebrity to publicly reveal a bipolar disorder. She is credited with advocating for the destigmatization of mental illness as well as raising funds to treat it. She also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.