Emmy, Oscar-Winning Actress Patti Duke Dead at 69


She was the star of sitcom “The Patty Duke Show,” portraying identical cousins, and was mother of “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin

Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Patty Duke has died at the age of 69, TheWrap has learned.

The cause of death was sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

“She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon. She will be greatly missed,” said her manager in a statement.

Duke started her career as a child actress on the daytime soap opera “The Brighter Day,” and ion 1963, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “The Miracle Worker” when she was just 16, becoming the youngest Oscar winner at the time. Her win for that role still secures her status as the third-youngest Oscar winner in history; trailing Tatum O’Neal and Anna Paquin.


  1. In the three obits I’ve read on Ms. Duke, none have mentioned her brief stint as a recording artist. She charted a pretty respectable tune called Don’t Just Stand There.

    Sympathy to her son Sean Astin who’s no slouch himself as an actor.



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