Requiescat in pace, Patty Duke 1946 - 2016

Her name was Anna.  She was a star on Broadway while still a child in a role so deep and emotional, and so transparently played, it would always be identified with her.  She will always be young, defiant, touching, Helen Keller.

She won an Oscar at 16 for playing that same role in a feature film.  She won an Emmy for a made for TV movie playing "the other role" in that movie - Annie Sullivan.

Her work in numerous TV shows, including a show of her own when she was still a teenager, will always mark her as one of the greatest actresses of her generation.

Someday I would like to write more in depth on The Miracle Worker and some of her other roles.  For now, we must say goodbye.  Bless you, Anna.

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