I was so sorry to hear that Patty Duke died today. I grew up watching her TV shows and movies. I loved her in The Patty Duke Show, The Miracle Worker and so many other things.
But in later years, I came to respect Patty more for what she did off-camera. Years ago, before it was even slightly acceptable, she admitted her struggles with bipolar disorder. And she did more than that. She wrote about it, and became a tireless advocate for more mental health treatment and research. She changed a lot of minds and opened a lot of doors.
I could put a clip of her acting here, but I think it’s more appropriate to share this video below. Throughout, she’s honest, funny and straightforward. Rest in peace, Dear Patty. You are certainly owed some peace.