As I remember her
Not a funny one this time - but soon.
In July 1970, I crossed paths with Academy Award Winner Patty Duke during one of her highs. Never knowing there were any lows; it was eye-opening, if not abhorrent - but it didn't tell the whole story; her whole story - there wasn't a method to her madness.
What I saw; wasn't pretty & wanted to look away - but for one freakish weekend in L.A.; my little East Coast family & I were suddenly swept into her world.
One evening, my late husband & I shared a black limo with her & other guests; driving to The Merv Griffin Talk Show on Television; first schmoozing in the Green Room back stage & then in the audience watching her hip, yet belligerent interview; feeling totally surreal in an eaves dropping way.
After so many years, I've forgotten which came first - the Talk Show or the swanky dinner we attended in an exclusive night club in Hollywood; where Patty held court & thought she was going to duke it out with anyone who crossed her; as she cursed like a Sailor who had Tourette's.
Was she on drugs or booze? Will she remember this in the morning? But, more importantly; will she still be a Star & stop acting?
From what I read from her comments & interviews the following few years; she didn't have a handle on what was wrong in her life. But, through hard, hard work on her part - in 1982; she triumphantly found the key to her duel life - and eventually shared her wisdom of her long harrowing ride to Center.
Through all her ups & downs; she had "the fight" to conquer the monster that snatched happiness & dignity; while she still won the hearts of fans around the world with her acting achievements.
But, her biggest role that I got to witness; was how she shared her inner lives to those other bi-polar; who copied her courage, are still in the fight, or inspire those afraid to.
A great, great lady has left this world.