Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke
The Star--The public saw her as a gifted 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 television series bearing her own name.
The Nightmare--What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical mangers stripped her of nearly all that was familiar, beginning with her name. She was deprived of family and friends. Her every word was programmed, her every action monitored and criticized. She was fed liquor and prescription drugs, taught to lie to get work, and relentlessly drilled to win roles.
The Legend--Out of this nightmare emerged Patty Duke, a show business legend still searching for the child, Anna. She won three Emmy Awards and divorced three husbands. A starring role in Valley of the Dolls nearly ruined her career. She was notorious for wild spending sprees, turbulent liaisons, and an uncontrollable temper. Until a long hidden illness was diagnosed, and her amazing recovery recovery began.
The Triumph-- Call Me Anna is an American success story that grew out of a bizarre and desperate struggle for survival. A harrowing, ultimately triumphant story told by Patty Duke herself--wife, mother, political activist, President of the Screen Actors Guild, and at last, a happy, fulfilled woman whose miracle is her own life.
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2016 lost a remarkable womanUser Review - Bridget O. - Overstock.com
Wonderful autobiography sharing aspects of bipolar condition and Hollywood Horror experiences that child actors have to deal with sometimes. Love Story About the angels that help us in our lives and the ability find ways to love yourself. Excellent book. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bronwyn52 - LibraryThing
about the life and career of patty duke from her rise as a child actress, to her film career as an adult, her marriages, her relationships with her children, and finally her diagnoses with bipolar disorder and her life and struggle with the the disorder since Read full review
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