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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.
This book was disturbing to me from the beginning to the end. A well written account, she is brutally honest and her own worst critic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stargazer
Wow....I read this in 1987-8 and was blown away...Due to age ,knowledge and wisdom...which all of us have to experience...we cannot speed these up.... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Virginia Strozina Wiseman
I enjoyed reading this autobiography. Since I had no recollection of there being any scandals associated with Patty Duke, I assumed that she had the same carefree life that was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard S. Cummings
I like her. I got a feeling that I understand her struggle and triumphs. I didn't know much about her prior so the life -by- timeline approach through her professional life was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by b
I really enjoyed this book. I am a generation behind Patty Duke, but still found this book inspiring and relevant. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tara Pies