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Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69

LOS ANGELES: Actress and singer Patty Duke, who won an Oscar at age 16 for her portrayal of deaf-blind political activist Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” died on Tuesday. She was 69.

“This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health Anna Patty Duke Pearce closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place,” her son, the actor and director Sean Astin, said in a statement.

“We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life. Her work endures.”

Published in Dawn, March 30th, 2016

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