Some Hollywood celebrities have stories that are a great source of inspiration and motivation for us all due to the fact that they rose from the ashes and went on to become one of the most influential people in the world. This is exactly why Patty Duke’s story holds a lot of significance for us and deserves to be discussed.
It was back in the year 1946 when Patty Duke was born in the UK and given the name Anna Marie Duke. Not a long time had passed since her birth that her family decided to move the base and shifted to the progressive city of New York in an effort to improve their lifestyle.
But changing a city cannot mend domestic issues, and by the time Anna reached the age of six, her parents split up, with her father choosing to leave the house and never return.
Her mother obviously suffered from depression over the following many years, however, Anna, along with her siblings, was somewhat shielded by all of that thanks to the talent agents who saw great potential in the Duke siblings.
Her older brother was discovered first, but then they noticed that Anna was also very gifted. For some reason, the agents requested their mother to allow them to raise the children themselves and, again for some reason, their mother agreed to this odd request.
Raised By Agents
Although this would not be considered appropriate by any parent, handing over the children to the agents may have been a blessing in disguise for Anna as she grew up to become a legendary performer.
The agents worked very hard on Anna to make her Hollywood-ready, first softening her rather thick NYC accent, and then slighting tanning her skin color with lotion. To complete her new persona, they gave her a new name as well: Anna Marie Duke was now and forever to be known as Patty Duke.
The goal of her persona was simple: to win hearts across America. Her agents believed she could achieve this feat by being polite and maintaining a soft image of herself.
A Difficult Life
Even though she became very successful, as she approached adulthood she discovered that there was a hole in her heart that had been left gaping by the absence of her mother in her life. She shifted the blame of her separation from her mother to her agents and left them.
She then got married to Harry Falk but, unfortunately, that ended in a divorce due to the many emotional challenges in Patty’s life. After living some time alone, she then married again to Michael Tell, a non-famous person, however that marriage lasted only 10 days (as planned). John Astin then entered her life (through whom she had her famous son, Sean Astin), and Patty fell in love.
It was only when Sean grew up that Patty revealed how she was not sure about his biological father. But Sean chose to accept both John as well as Michael into his life, forgiving everyone.
This taught Patty an important lesson: it’s important to forgive others before you can forgive yourself, and forgiving yourself is the answer to living a happy life. With this realization, Patty slowly resolved her issues and emerged as a successful actress in Hollywood.