Anna Marie Patty Duke, who is popularly referred as Patty Duke, is an American movie star, who first featured on stage and later in television before venturing into films. She has been known for her appearance in a film titled ‘The Miracle Worker’ in which she appeared as Helen Keller. She has had a very successful career which includes hosting her show. She died in the year 2016 at sixty-nine years due to a ruptured intestine. Keep on reading to learn more on the net worth and earnings of Patty Duke in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Patty Duke was born in the year 1964 on December 14th to John Patrick Duke and Frances Margaret. She was the youngest of the three children in the family, and her place of birth is in New York. She was both Irish as well as German and faced so many challenges when she was growing up.
When she was handed over to two talent managers namely, Ethel and John Ross, they took advantage of her. This was through billing her as two years younger and giving her alcohol prescription drugs and went on to change her name to Patty. Initially, she was referred as Anna Marie, and they hoped by changing her name, she would have similar success as Patty McCormack.
Duke had been married for a record four times and had three children. In the year 1965, Duke got married to director Harry Falk, who was thirteen years senior. During this marriage, she has come out and admitted that she had mood swings and became anorexic with an overdose of pills on some occasions. Four years later, in 1969, they got divorced. She would later learn that she was pregnant and she got married to Michael Tell in 1970. The marriage only lasted for thirteen days and later on it was annulled.
In 1972, she got married to Duke Astin who also adopted her child and gave him his last name. The couple later divorced in 1985. The fourth husband who she was married to until his death was Michael Pearce, and they got married in 1986. They remained married until when she died, thirty years later.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Her Acting career began in later 1950s, where she appeared in a soap opera that was titled ‘The Brighter Day.’ Patty was very good at spelling, and this is what saw her win ‘The $64,000 Question’. In 1959, she appeared as Tootie Smith in a television adaptation of the ‘Meet Me in St Louis.’ In the year 1961, she featured as Hellen Keller in a play that was titled ‘Cherry,’ and this got her to win very many awards.
This is the play that skyrocketed her to win an Oscar. In 1963, that was when her show was created, and she was portraying two characters. She has gone and appeared in very many movies, and television shows including ‘My Sweet Charlie’ and ‘It Take Two.’ She has been feted her excellent way in playing the various roles, and the awards she has won include Golden Globe and the Oscar Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Patty Duke is estimated to be over $10 million. The wealth has been generated from her successful career in the film industry. She bagged $32,000 on a game show that titled ‘The $64,000 Question’. In addition to the movies, she has written several books that achieved very good sales.
Patty Duke has amazed people with her excellent acting skills and has remained to be among the best actresses in the world. She revealed that she was bipolar in an autobiography and was heavily involved in the activism to advocate more awareness and also spoke on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’