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.
Considering the time frame of the events, and the name and names involved, a substantial addition to any film buff's library. A welcome buy.Published 15 hours ago by Claud E. Morris
Not easy to read as it doesn't flow well. Content is very good though.Published 11 days ago by Anita D. Huber
Very good book, bought after going to see her in person. so it was nice to get to understand more of her and her life.Published 1 month ago by Jenna
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Gary Lee
It is a great story of overcoming an adversity in life. The case studies were very helpful.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer