Actress Patty Duke dies at 69

Critically-acclaimed actress Patty Duke died Tuesday at the age of 69, according to multiple media reports.

A statement from one of Duke’s representative’s, Michael Stubbs, said, “Her cause of death was sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon. She will be missed.”

A star of film and stage, she began her acting career on Broadway with “The Miracle Worker,” along with Anne Bancroft. The pair went on to star in the film version with each winning an Academy Award for their respective roles.

Duke went on to play identical cousins in “The Patty Duke Show” on television and hit the Billboard Top 10 with her single, “Don’t Just Stand There.”

She went on to become an Emmy winner, a Golden Globe winner and only the second woman (at the time) to be elected as the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

Duke became a New York Times best-selling author with her autobiography, “Call Me Anna,” and “A Brilliant Madness,” which each detailed Duke’s childhood, rise to fame and eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder. “Call Me Anna,” was produced as a made-for-TV movie featuring the actress as herself.

She was formerly married to “The Addams Family” actor John Astin, but at the time of her death, she was married to Michael Pearce. Her sons,  Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin followed in their mother’s footsteps as actors. She is also survived by her third son, Kevin Pearce.