Patty Duke Is Dead at 69

The Oscar and Emmy winner was a mental health advocate.

According to her rep, Mitchell Stubbs, the cause of death was sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

The actress, whose real name was Anna Pearce, was 69.

However, off-screen, she was struggling. When she was 7, she said two managers, John and Ethel Ross, took over her career, and gave her her famous stage name, allegedly telling her, "Anna Marie is dead; you're Patty now." In her memoir, the actress also accused them of taking advantage of her, and squandering her earnings, according to a 1987 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I don't hate them," she wrote in her book. "[And] it's obvious to me that had they not crossed my path, the likelihood of my becoming an actress was slim, and the joy of that far outweighs any of the pain."

"It's not a giant thrill to hear someone give you the label manic-depressive, but to me I was so relieved," Duke told the Inquirer. "What I was suffering from had a name and could be treated."

Duke became a staunch advocate for mental health, while continuing her acting career. Duke primarily worked in television, most recently appearing in shows including "Glee," "Liv and Maddie" and "Hawaii Five-0."

Duke is survived by her husband of 30 years, Michael Pearce, three children, Sean and Mackenzie Astin and Kevin Peace, and grandchildren.

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