We were saddened to learn of the passing of Patty Duke, a well-known actress, television star, activist, and the younger person to ever win an Oscar. But important to her legacy is that she was one of the first people to talk openly about mental illness including her own struggle with depression after her diagnosis of bipolar disorder in the early 1980’s.
Patty Duke’s autobiography, Call Me Anna, was made into a TV movie in 1990. Her second book a Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depression Illness, was published in 1992.
In 2004, she sat down with ABC’s Hugh Downs for an personal discussion of life with mental illness. Visit MPR’s website to view the video at http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/03/patty-dukes-legacy-a-willingness-to-talk-about-mental-health/