Like so many other baby boomers, I grew up with Patty Duke.
She was the child star who played young Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, first on Broadway and then in the movie – a performance that earned her an Academy Award at the age of 16. I was in elementary school when I watched her as identical cousins in the TV sitcom The Patty Duke Show and in junior high when she was Neely in Valley of the Dolls.
In the decades that followed, I watched Patty in dozens of other memorable roles. But it wasn’t until I read her autobiography, Call Me Anna, that I realized her public face hid a dark and troubled early life – a story that she will share with guests at a fundraising luncheon for Childhaven.
Raised by her overbearing managers and struggling with addiction, undiagnosed bipolar disorder and suicide attempts, Patty overcame them all to become a respected advocate for mental health. During her most troubled times, she faced the challenge of raising a family while maintaining her acting career. I know her personal journey will bring unique perspectives to the luncheon, where guests will learn about Childhaven’s work to heal the youngest victims of abuse and neglect.
I’d like to invite our community to hear Patty’s story – and to support Childhaven – at our luncheon, where will ask for a minimum donation of $150. Learn more and register today.
The Childhaven Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at the Washington State Convention Center from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.