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It was confirmed today that the child star of The Miracle Worker has passed away. Best known for winning the 1962 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award at the age of 16, Duke went on to have a stellar career in Hollywood.

Her representative, Michael Stubbs released a statement:

She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon. She will be missed

Born Anna Marie Duke, her career spanned 60 years and included her own TV show, The Patty Duke Show, as well as a billboard Top 10 hit for Don't Just Stand There.

After the cancelation of The Patty Duke Show, she managed to shed her child star persona by starring in the 1967 cult classic Valley of The Dolls.

Appearing in a variety of TV shows that included Police Story, Hawaii 5-O and Night Gallery, a second Emmy was added to her collection for her role in 1970's My Sweet Charlie. Patty Duke bagged a third for her part in TV's Captains and the Kings.

Duke served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985-1988 as well as penning two books, Call Me Anna and A Brilliant Madness. Call Me Anna starts to chart her constant troubles with bipolar disorder, whilst Duke herself frequently served as an advocate for mental health causes and fundraising.

Even in later years she was a frequent face of television and film, starring in Glee in 2013 and filming a role in Christian movie, Power of the Air, due for release next year.

In a statement, Duke's family have said:

[She]closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place," the statement read. "We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life. Her work endures...

She is survived by her husband Michael Pearce and three children.

R.I.P Patty Duke 1946-2016


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