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.
Very much enjoyed reading Anna's book. In fact I couldn't put it down. Helped me understand Bipolar and I enjoyed reading about her life, especially from her point of view. Read morePublished 16 days ago by E. Murray
For some reason, I thought this book would be more about the author's bipolar challenges. I'm not sure why because it's clearly an autobiography as stated in the title. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LLWJ
Patty Duke's expiation for her sins makes a searing narrative. It is testament to this great gal's indomitable spirit that she has overcome such a daunting life history and never... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary Lee
It is a great story of overcoming an adversity in life. The case studies were very helpful.Published 2 months ago by Robynne Peterson
One of my favorite TV shows growing up was the Patty Duke Show. The book was filled with way too much drama. An old song aired in public. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julie Richardson
The story ranges from somewhat tedious chapters with details about her experience in the Miracle Worker to very frank descriptions about her life good and bad. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Arpad
This is a very interesting book. Information was not sugar coated as many books do. I have always liked Patty Duke and this book explains her irratic behaviors. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lois M. Hefley
Patty Duke has revealed so many sad events regarding the people she loved, but in doing so, no malice. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer