The Nightmare--What the public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl whose life changed forever at age seven when tyrannical mangers stripped her of nearly all that was familiar, beginning with her name. She was deprived of family and friends. Her every word was programmed, her every action monitored and criticized. She was fed liquor and prescription drugs, taught to lie to get work, and relentlessly drilled to win roles.
The Legend--Out of this nightmare emerged Patty Duke, a show business legend still searching for the child, Anna. She won three Emmy Awards and divorced three husbands. A starring role in Valley Of The Dolls nearly ruined her career. She was notorious for wild spending sprees, turbulent liaisons, and an uncontrollable temper. Until a long hidden illness was diagnosed, and her amazing recovery recovery began.
The Triumph-- Call Me Anna is an American success story that grew out of a bizarre and desperate struggle for survival. A harrowing, ultimately triumphant story told by Patty Duke herself--wife, mother, political activist, President of The Screen Actors Guild, and at last, a happy, fulfilled woman whose miracle is her own life.
I really enjoyed this book. I am a generation behind Patty Duke, but still found this book inspiring and relevant. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tara Pies
it was reading this book that i realize i was bi polar. i was diagnosed with depression and eventually bi polar. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lady Denise 123
She really is a great talent and has done more than anyone could have expected from such a crazy lifePublished 2 months ago by JOHN M.
It is an excellent account of Anna, s life. She is true to herself and those around her. Well written and honestly open. I liked her very much before reading her story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. RIOS
not a bad read, it did feel like she was trying to be a martyr of sorts most of the book and that was a bit annoying. Read morePublished 3 months ago by gordita76
All those words apply to Anna herself. A fine talent with a kind soul. Its well worth getting to know her. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer