R.I.P. Patty Duke and Ken Howard


From CNN:

Patty Duke, the actress who won fame with her stage and screen portrayals of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” died Tuesday, according to her agent. She was 69.

Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, the agency that represented her.

“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.”

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Also from CNN:

Ken Howard, who starred in the 1970s series “The White Shadow,” had notable guest roles in such programs as “30 Rock” and was the head of the SAG-AFTRA actors’ union, died Wednesday. He was 71.

Howard’s death was confirmed by a statement from SAG-AFTRA.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard passed away today,” the union said. “Ken was an accomplished actor, author, teacher and unionist whose steady leadership as president of Screen Actors Guild positioned him to guide the union’s historic 2012 merger with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In addition to his many professional credits, awards and other laudatory work, he led the union for nearly seven years and was devoted to the interests of its membership.”

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6 thoughts on “R.I.P. Patty Duke and Ken Howard

  1. Patty Duke seems familiar from the earlier stuff like ‘China Beach’, not the main character, but a couple cameos maybe? I loved being able to watch syndicates of some of the White Shadow stuff on ESPN Classic back in the early 2000s. Good show and social arrangements were ahead of its time the way some series such as the Facts of Life that came a few years after were.

  2. I was deeply saddened to read about Patty Duke passing away she was one of my favorites. She was such a talented actress and she was always very candid about her struggles with her mental health issues. This is such a terrible loss. And I used to like The White Shadow on CBS it was a good show. So sad to hear of both of them passing. When we hear of these entertainment personalities deaths I am reminded of my own mortality. Life is precious and short tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

  3. R.I.P. to them both. 😦 I remember reading an article in “People” magazine that had excerpts of her autobiography that dealt candidly about her mental health issues. And I remember watching “The White Shadow” as a kid. I agree that it was a good show.

  4. We used to watch “White Shadow” religiously very sad to hear about Ken. He was also Dianne Carroll’s love interest on “Dynasty”

  5. You had to feel for Patty.. She’s been through so much with her mental illness is a major struggle and then the sepsis..wow! Sorry to hear about her death. My condolences to her family

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