Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke

Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke

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by Patty Duke, Kenneth Turan
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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ISBN-13:
9780553052091
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1987
Pages:
298

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Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have purchased both "Call Me Anna" and "A Brilliant Madness" and found that I could not put them down. It is such a gift to have someone of Anna Marie's (aka Patty Duke) stature to disclose such personal testimony on her childhood abuse, mental illness in the family and her own very severe struggles with Bipolar Disorder that went undiagnosed for so many years. I work with people in the mental health field struggling with severe and persistant mental illness, many with Bipolar Disorder. Anna Marie provides a ray of hope, validation and true understanding of how draumatic mental illness can be and how it permiates every aspect of a person's life, yet with threatment, many can reclaim their life and still lead productive and satisfying lives. People are not Bipolar or Mentally Ill, rather many people, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, struggle with the symptoms of a chemical imbalance resulting in a MEDICAL ILLNESS of Bipolar or other Mental Illness. Thank-you, Anna Marie Duke, for your courage and candidness in disclosing these very personal and painful issues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'What's in a name?' Shakespeare's question gets a different answer in this autobiography, when a little girl named Anna Marie Duke is told by her managers, 'Anna Marie is dead. You're Patty now.' It starts there, the stripping away of a child's identity so that the managers can rebuild her to their own specifications. The one thing that makes this child worth the effort, though, is there already: phenomenal acting talent. The kind of talent that makes Patty Duke a Broadway star at twelve, and an Oscar-winner at sixteen. Alcoholism and mental illness surround her in childhood, and breaking away from her managers (who become her surrogate parents early on) just before her eighteenth birthday sets her adrift in a world for which she is totally unprepared. Pat, as she calls herself then, marries early and almost doesn't make the tricky transition from child star to adult actress. Disastrous career decisions, broken relationships, financial debacles - they're all here, and Ms. Duke recounts them without flinching. But running throughout her life story are other threads, the ones that keep her going until the manic depression that causes her roller coaster behavior is finally diagnosed and treated. This woman loves her craft, and she adores her children. Thanks to those two loves, she survives and eventually rediscovers herself. Not Patty; not Pat. Anna Marie. So many celebrity biographies end with an overdose of pills or booze, or a car crash, or a razor blade in a bathtub. I found it refreshing to read this outwardly similar tale, which ends instead with a life rebuilt. With - corny as this is going to sound - a new beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really touched while reading this honest and heart-rending story of a talented child, used to the extreme by the adults in her life. Patty Duke went through a terrible childhood full of mental abuse, and a young adulthood of questioning her worth, and came out the other side to become one of the great actors of a generation. Brava, Anna!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It shows how a young girl can overcome so much. I am now very grateful to my wonderful family. God bless Patty Duke. On the other hand, I wish she had made her language a little cleaner. Then again im only 12 so...yeah. Good book. .
Anonymous 29 days ago
A truly sad story written with honesty.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really appreciate this book. Patty Duke tells her story well and I applaud her for having the courage to let the whole world know about her private adversities, especially her struggle with illness. Since learning more about Patty Duke, I also highly recommend a little book by Taro Gold called 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' which contains many inspirational thoughts based on the Buddhism that Patty Duke practices. Excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! I read it in 2 days!!! I thought that Patty Duke told her story very well and that it took alot of courage for her to let the world know about her life and her illness!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and she had to overcome a LOT to get to where she is. But she said in the book that her marriage to Michael Tell was never consumated. However, in the early 1990's her son Sean Astin has DNA testing done and it showed Michael Tell is indeed his biological father. That makes me wonder how much of the rest of her life story as she telld it is accurate snd trur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting that the overview says she was abused by tyrannical "mangers" as though she were being persecuted by hay racks in a barn. Spellcheck doesn't help if you're just plain careless.