Call Me Anna

Call Me Anna

The Autobiography of Patty Duke

By Patty Duke; Kenneth Turan

Bantam, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553272055, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1988

Description

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.



About the Author


Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, he is coauthor of Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. Kenneth lives in Los Angeles, California.