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Actress Patty Duke won an Academy Award in 1963, at age 16, for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker—becoming the youngest Oscar recipient at the time.
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The couple adopted a son, Kevin, in 1989.
Patty Duke was officially diagnosed with manic-depressive illness in 1982. Her 1987 autobiography, Call Me Anna, was made into a TV movie in 1990. Her second book, A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depression Illness, was published in 1992.
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