By Patty Duke
The Star--The public observed her as a proficient child star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the youngest actor to have a prime-time tv series bearing her personal identify.
The Nightmare--What the public didn't see used to be Anna Marie Duke, a tender girl whose existence replaced perpetually at age seven when tyrannical mangers stripped her of approximately all that was familiar, starting along with her identify. She used to be deprived of friends and family. Her each notice was programmed, her each motion monitored and criticized. She was fed liquor and prescribed drugs, taught to lie to get paintings, and relentlessly drilled to win roles.
The Legend--Out of this nightmare emerged Patty Duke, a express company legend nonetheless searching for the kid, Anna. She gained 3 Emmy Awards and divorced 3 husbands. A starring function in Valley of the Dolls approximately ruined her career. She was once infamous for wild spending sprees, turbulent liaisons, and an uncontrollable temper. Until a protracted hidden ailment used to be clinically determined, and her amazing restoration restoration begun.
The Triumph-- Call Me Anna is an American success story that grew out of a strange and desperate struggle for survival. A harrowing, ultimately triumphant tale advised via Patty Duke herself--wife, mother, political activist, President of the Screen Actors Guild, and finally, a contented, fulfilled woman whose miracle is her personal existence.
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