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Patty Duke Begins Third Act

Winning an Oscar is a dream for every actor who makes a movie. For one woman in North Idaho, it was a reality 50 years ago. And, as she enters her third act, the woman the world knows as Patty Duke is looking back on that historic night in 1963. “The feeling I had was being in awe,” she says, remembering that magical Hollywood night. “Bette Davis was there, Gregory Peck…” In the midst of those legends sat a 16-year old girl, given name Anna Duke, who was about to become one herself. She was up against Hollywood heavy hitters like Angela Lansbury. A novelty because of her young age, Duke was an icon already because of the role for which she was nominated. “The role itself - the dominating spirit of Hellen Keller as a child,” Duke says, describing her role in The Miracle Worker. “The rage that is inside, because she's trapped in there. She exists. She's not just deaf, dumb and blind - there's a soul in there!”/Melissa Luck, KXLY executive producer. More here.

Question: Have you ever met Patty Duke?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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