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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553272055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553272055
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Star--The public saw her as a gifted child star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the youngest actor to have a prime-time television series bearing her own name.

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.

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The Star--The public saw her as a gifted child  star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role  as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the  youngest actor to have a prime-time television series  bearing her own name.

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.

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I grew up with Patty Duke and found this story very interesting and sad.
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I am a psychiatric nurse and it helped a lot for me to understand bipolar disease to read her story.
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I read this book about 10 years ago, and it began a healingprocess in my own life.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jaqueline M. on September 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really appreciate this book. Patty Duke tells her story well and I applaud her for having the courage to let the whole world know about her private adversities, especially her struggle with illness. Since learning more about Patty Duke, I also highly recommend a little book by Taro Gold called "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life" which contains many inspirational thoughts based on the Buddhism that Patty Duke practices. Excellent.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By suzyla922@aol.com on August 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book about 10 years ago, and it began a healingprocess in my own life. I have ADD but had been diagnosed ManicDepressed and Bi-Polar for 20 years due to the sub-characteristic symptoms that ADD/ADHD has...they are the same as a manic depressed person but not to the severity. It is an exceptional book of insight into this disorder, and an incredible biography of an incredible peer of the baby boomer generation! And a MUST after reading Patty Duke's (Anna) autobiography is to read her sequel which gives even more encouragement that those of us with any mental disorder are "not freaks" but can live healthy, functional lives and be of great help to our whole society. The sequel is "A Brilliant Madness" also by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman, originally published by Bantam books.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JGC on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Call Me Anna" is Patty's own story. Patty Duke wrote this book in 1988 long before it was fashionable to "tell all" like today's throwaway "stars" do.

Like millions of Americans, Patty Duke has always been one of my most cherished TV actresses because her talent is so deep and thought-provoking. But I never knew much about her, until I read "Call Me Anna."

"Call Me Anna" describes Patty's rise to TV stardom (playing the title character on the classic "Patty Duke Show") and subsequent fall, partly due to her illness. Patty talks candidly for the first time about the bridges she burned, and the people she hurt while she struggled with her disease, bipolar disorder.

Patty was one of the very first (if not the first?) bona fide celebrity to discuss her own mental illness. And she was a pioneer in the rights of the mentally ill, and for that she should be highly regarded.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading about TV stars, or anyone who cares about someone who is struggling with mental illness (especially bipolar disorder). I also recommend Patty's second book, "Brilliant Madness" which describes the disease in a more clinical manner.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on August 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
--that this book is also of value even if you care nothing about bipolar conditions, for Kenneth Turan really convinced Patty Duke to put all her cards out on the table, and the result is more than just a medical textbook as some of the other reviewers would like you to believe. It is, among other things, the inside story of the most remarkable child actress of her day, and of a strange career that included Broadway stardom and the Academy Award for THE MIRACLE WORKER, as well as the punishing, grueling TV treadmill called THE PATTY DUKE SHOW, in which she played two lookalike cousins with such consummate verve that many children who watched the show thought there were actually two different actresses playing the parts, and of course the divine dreck of BILLIE, "Funny Little Butterflies," and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.

Indeed it's a book that has everything, everything, including the details of her feud with Lucille Ball and her days counting her fingers to figure out if John Astin or Desi Jr was the father of her baby.

Her star has sunk in later years but she is still one of the incandescent acting personalities of our time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jon sieruga on May 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Born poor and surrounded by addicts and illness, young Anna Marie Duke drifted into the arms of a society-busy married couple wanting to represent her in show business; they were odd social climbers who nonchalantly took away Duke's identity and gave her a made-up existence that crumbled once the photographers went home. A few of Duke's stories, while never less than candid and darkly amusing, are nearly too wild to believe(or maybe that's because they seem half-finished, as with the story of a motel molestation attempt or a day at a doctor's office where Patty's grandmother was deeply shaken after being forced into a strange contraption apparently meant to subdue her). Patty the Singer gets a colorful chapter(she hated her records for the UA label)and the chaos surrounding "Valley of the Dolls" is wonderfully captured. The final chapters skitter over her mental illness and a new marriage, and Patty doesn't delve much into her feelings as a woman(having her second child seemed to help her blossom, but we don't feel her passion, mostly her drive, her unfocused ambition and her neuroses). Still, she's a charming writer and has a sly way with a story(her roots are very important to her, and she's fine as a leader or a follower, but she never loses her vitality or funny malice).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob Waskiewicz on July 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Patty Duke helps anyone suffering from Manic Depression in "Call Me Anna." The first time I thought something was wrong with Patty is when she won a award for a TV movie.She looked drunk,or high on something.Patty explains this turing point in her life.She starts with her childhood,and becoming the youngest Oscar winning actress for "The Miracle Worker." Patty also writes about "The Patty Duke Show,"and "The Valley of the Dolls." This movie turned out to be a cult classic.Everyone was ashamed of the movie when it came out,and the cast and crew first saw the film while on this special Cruise.The voices were not running with the film correct,and it made the movie that much worse.Patty writes about working with Judy Garland,and how she tried to help this legend make it through the film,but was fired for having drugs .Patty writes about Lucy Ball,and how she hated her for dating Desi.There's a great part about Frank Sinatra,and how he tried to save Patty.This book has a happy ending.Patty Duke comes out a winner. I read this book flying out to Vegas.I couldn't put it down.You will not be dissapointed reading "Call Me Anna."
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