"VALIANT PATTY DUKE" - The Brightest Star Of Them All! I know - I WAS THERE!

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As I remember her

Patty Duke

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.

Patty Duke returns to TV on Disney Channel's sitcom 'Liv and Maddie ...


Patty Duke as Patty Lane | Michael's TV Tray

Patty Duke in 1962

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Comment by Zanelle on March 31, 2016 at 10:17am

Wow, what an evening that must have been!  Bipolar is such a difficult illness to manage and the fact that she did it in spite of a Hollywood lifestyle is admirable.   Your days in the limo world are fascinating, M.  You have had quite a life!

Comment by marilyn sands on March 31, 2016 at 11:24am

Thanks for stopping by Z!  SHE'S the one who gave LIFE a run for its money!  She was a Warrior in every sense of the word.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 4, 2016 at 10:52am

Fueled by alcohol on the manic end of the spectrum of bi-polar behavior I have more than once said things that I wish I hadn't... I'm kind of glad I no longer have the ego or energy to power that insanity.  Wish I could figure out some way to make the depression go away.  R&L ;-)

Comment by marilyn sands on April 4, 2016 at 11:11am

Thanks for sharing that jmac.  You are courageous too!  I'm sure every single day is a battle between mind & body - sometimes with no winner.  But each day has got to be better than what went before - I certainly hope so. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 4, 2016 at 11:15am

I'm not so much courageous as lucky.  I survived long enough to sort of grow out of it.  Knowing what is going on is the first step to figuring out how to manage your life.

Comment by marilyn sands on April 4, 2016 at 10:55pm

Thanks FMonkey!  I don't even want to think of what it was like decades ago for people BEFORE awareness & meds.

Comment by Sheila Reep on April 5, 2016 at 8:02am

This was a beautiful memory of a special person!

Comment by marilyn sands on April 5, 2016 at 7:50pm

Thanks Sheila!  It's so wonderful to see someone turn their life around & help so many others in the process.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 5, 2016 at 9:01pm

Very cool

I've always admired her. 

So what got you into the limo? Were you doing standup?

Comment by marilyn sands on April 5, 2016 at 9:17pm

Thanks kosh!  Long before Stand-Up; but wouldn't want to say more - but immediately coming off the plane from D.C. - we were swept into this glamorous situation.  


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