Call me Anna: the autobiography of Patty Duke

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Bantam Books, Jul 1, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
The Star--The public saw her as a gifted child  star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role  as Helen Keller inThe Miracle Workerand 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 Dollsnearly 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 Annais 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. From the Paperback edition.

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User 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

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User 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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About the author (1987)

Kenneth Turan is film critic for the "Los Angeles Times "and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition. "He is director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and the co-author of "Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke "(1987).

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