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Video: Patty Duke Talks About Mental Illness And Her Oscar Winning Career

Later in life, Duke became an outspoken activist for Americans dealing with mental health issues. She passed away at age 69.

Patty Duke appearing on "InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse."
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Patty Duke’s appearance on “InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse.”

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 as a teenager by playing identical cousins on the popular sitcom "The Patty Duke Show.”

In 2009, she was a guest on Houston Public Media’s/TV-8 “InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse.” Below is a summary of the conversation, which can be viewed in its entirety below.

“Patty Duke comes from a childhood so dark and frightening it could have been written by Charles Dickens. She became a household name for her roles in both the Broadway and film versions of ‘The Miracle Worker.’ She followed that up with her own sitcom and then starred in the cult classic, ‘Valley of the Dolls.’ Today, she’s just as well known for doing her part to increase awareness about bipolar disorder, which she was diagnosed in 1982, which transformed her into an outspoken and dedicated activist for those dealing with mental health issues. On this episode of ‘InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse,’ our conversation with American actress of stage, film, and television, Patty Duke.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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