Oscar winner patty Duke dead at 69 & James Noble of Benson fame dead at 94
March 30, 2016
The Oscar winning actress Patty Duke has died in the United States aged 69. According to her agent Duke died Tuesday as a result of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. "This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place," her family said in a statement posted by her son actor Sean Astin. "We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life." uke won a best supporting actress Academy Award in 1963 for "The Miracle Worker."
She also was known for roles in "Valley of the Dolls," "My Sweet Charlie" and "Me, Natalie," as well as for TV's "The Patty Duke Show," which aired from 1963 to 1966.
Duke also struggled with mental illness, having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982.
"I don't mind being thought of as someone who was crazy, because I had no control over that situation," she wrote in her 1988 autobiography, "Call Me Anna." "What I don't like is for people to believe I chose to do destructive things."
In the last half of her life, Duke became an advocate on mental health issues, writing a book in 1992 highlighting bipolar disorder and its treatments and using her fame to fight for others struggling with the disease.
"Her greatest achievement was confronting her mental illness and making her story public,"
Astin said on fundraising page to set up a new mental health initiative in her name. "She crossed the Nation speaking and campaigning and lobbying for mental health. My mom took her place as a mental health advocate in the greatest tradition of noble leadership."
She was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946, in Elmhurst, New York, and began acting as a child.
Her first major role came in 1959, when she portrayed the blind and deaf Keller on Broadway. The success of that two-year run led to her playing the same part in the 1962 film version of "The Miracle Worker," for which she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
"The Patty Duke Show" followed for three years. Duke played the twin roles of English and American cousins living in New York.
In 1967, she starred in "Valley of the Dolls," followed by "Me, Natalie," an independent film that netted her a second Golden Globe award.
She returned to Keller's story in 1979 for a television movie in which she played Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan. The project brought her third Emmy; she had previously won for the 1970 TV movie "My Sweet Charlie" and the 1976 miniseries "Captains and Kings."
She then served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.
James Nobler dead at 94:
Meanwhile the man who many called the gentlemen actor James Noble has also died aged 94. Noble was best known for his role as the hap hazard Governor in the television sitcom Benson and as a star in 50’s and 60’s shows such “one life to live” and “Another world”.
He began his career in soap operas, such as The Brighter Day, As the World Turns, The Doctors and A World Apart. His big screen roles included; Reverend John Witherspoon in the film version of the Broadway musical 1776 (1972), assorted roles as doctors in films such as One Summer Love(1976), 10 (1979) and Promises in the Dark (1979), Kaufman, the President's Chief of Staff, in Being There (1979), Father O'Flanagan in the comedy sequel Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), Sinclair in A Tiger's Tale (1987), Chief Wilkins in the comedy Paramedics (1988) and Dr. Bailey in Chances Are (1989).
In 2005, he co-founded Open the Gate Pictures with actress Colleen Murphy, and produced and starred in the short film Glacier Bay which won several awards at film festivals in the United States. Noble played the live action version of Archie Comics character Hiram Lodge in the movie, Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again. Noble died on March 28, 2016 at the age of 94 in Connecticut. A spokesman for Noble's family said that the actor had suffered a stroke the week prior to his death
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