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Patty DUKE

American Patty DUKE

born Anna Marie DUKE

American actress

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on December 14, 1946 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: on March 29, 2016 in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA


Biography

Duke was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, the youngest of three children of Frances Margaret (née McMahon; June 7, 1913 – April 6, 1993), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke (May 9, 1913 – February 6, 1964), a handyman and cab driver. She was of Irish, and more distant German, descent.

Duke, her brother Raymond, and her sister Carol experienced a difficult childhood. Their father was an alcoholic, and their mother suffered from clinical depression and was prone to violence. When Duke was six, her mother forced her father to leave the family home. When Duke was eight, her care was turned over to talent managers John and Ethel Ross, who, after promoting Patty's brother, were looking for a girl to add to their stable of child actors.

The Rosses' methods of managing Duke's career were often unscrupulous and exploitative. They consistently billed Duke as being two years younger than she actually was and padded her resume with false credits. They gave her alcohol and prescription drugs, took unreasonably high fees from her earnings and made sexual advances to her.

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See Also :

- Category Actor