A truly memorable and well-liked face of many popular American film projects, Patty Duke, has tragically passed away at just 69 today.
The award-winning actress was most known for her roles as a teenager, one of which she won an Oscar for! At just 16-years-old, she earned an Academy Award for her part as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, and later starred in her own sitcom, The Patty Duke Show.
Patty also held a role in the 1958 musical film, Country Music Holiday and starred alongside June Carter Cash, The Jordanaires, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. In 2010, Patty starred in a television movie based on Garth Brooks' No. 1 hit song, "Unanswered Prayers".
Over 30 years after Patty's sitcom had ended, TV Guide named her one of the 50 Greatest TV Stars Of All Time in their 1996 listing.
Patty has become an American acting legend with her various roles and amassed more than 140 acting and writing credits during her nearly six-decade long career and has several projects that will be released in the coming years, including a movie called Power Of The Air, which is due out in 2017.
Patty Duke tragically passed away earlier this morning, March 29th at 1:20 a.m., according to a statement released by one of her representatives, Michael Stubbs.
"Her 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 missed," the statement concluded.
We are terribly saddened by the loss of a great icon. We are keeping her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Watch the video below from Patty Duke's legendary sitcom, and you'll remember why she was such an icon!
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