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Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an American actress of stage, film and television. She first became famous as a child star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role in The Miracle Worker, which she had originated on Broadway, and she later starred in the eponymous sitcom, The Patty Duke Show. She progressed to more mature roles upon playing Neely O'Hara in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. She was later elected president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985-1988, succeeding her Patty Duke Show co-star William Schallert. Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982; since then, she has devoted much of her time to advocating and educating the public on mental health issues. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
I can't tell you what I had for breakfast, but I can sing every single word of rock and roll.
I have a picture of myself in my mind as I walk around every day, until I look in the mirror-and then I'm stunned.
I tell people to monitor their self-pity. Self-pity is very unattractive.
I'm not sure I want all my neuroses cleared up.
I've come to believe that whoever I am didn't start on December 14, 1946, and isn't going to end on whatever that mysterious date is in the future.
If I have any message for others, it is to go for help early and not to be a resistant patient.
It's toughest to forgive ourselves. So it's probably best to start with other people. It's almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.
No matter what your laundry list of requirements in choosing a mate, there has to be an element of good luck and good fortune and good timing.
Reality is hard. It is no walk in the park, this thing called Life.
Sometimes it is the simplest, seemingly most inane, most practical stuff that matters the most to someone.
We have developed this unbelievable ability to deny. We have to. If we didn't, we'd go crazy.
We manics do outrageous things and it is part of our colorful nature.
When I'm 80 and sitting in a rocking chair listening to the Rolling Stones, there is absolutely no way I'm going to feel old or forget my younger days.
(December 14 is also the birthday of Margaret Chase Smith.)