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February 20, 2012
In mid-March, Anna will be in Atlanta to film an episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. The episode will air some time this spring. More details will be posted as they become available.
September 10, 2001
Anna's new episode of Hawaii Five-O will air on October 10 on CBS.
August 27, 2011
Miracle on the Mountain is now available to own by way of on-demand DVD! Please visit oldies.com for ordering information.
March 23, 2010
March 19, 2010
Prince Valiant - The Complete 65 Episode Series, the 1992 animated series in which Anna voiced Lady Morgana in three episodes, is being re-released on DVD by Mill Creek. It co-stars Robby Benson, Tim Curry, Alan Oppenheimer, James Avery, and Efram Zimbalist Jr. The new collection comes on 5 double-sided discs, and is presented in full-screen. Bonus materials include an interview with voice artist Noelle North and writers Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and commentary tracks on 4 episodes by North, creator/producer David J. Corbett, writer Brooks Wachtel. It is expected to arrive in stores on May 18 for $24.95. Ordering information will be posted as it becomes available.
March 12, 2010
The soundtrack to Billie is now available for the first time on CD! This is a limited edition release; only 1,000 copies will be sold. Get yours today by visiting this site.
Anna will be speaking at the Plachta Auditorium on the campus of Central Michigan University to deliver her story of success, loss, and living with mental illness. The event, "Have You Met Anna? An Evening with Patty Duke," takes place on Thursday, May 13, and will include a speech by Ms. Duke, an opportunity for questions, and a book signing. For more information and for free tickets, please click here.
March 8, 2010
Anna appeared as a guest on WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show" earlier today. Click here to listen to the free 20-minute podcast, entitled "Patty Duke Remembers Anne Bancroft."
January 31, 2010
Anna will be leaving the San Francisco, CA production of Wicked on Sunday, February 7, 2010. Please click here for tickets.
January 25, 2010
The professionally-filmed gala tribute to Anna filmed at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco this past July is available for purchase from producer, Marc Huestis. Please visit his amazon.com page for ordering information.
Anna has joined Dionne Warwick, Lou Gosset Jr., Clarence Clemons, BB King, Herschel Walker, and Lee Elder for A Night of Stars: The Magnificent Seven at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus. The event is scheduled for March 6. For more information, please contact Andrea Sims at (703) 589-7400.
November 2, 2009
Shout! Factory has announced a release date for Season Two of The Patty Duke Show in February, 2010! Bonus features will include more new interviews with the cast, as well as several of the identical cousins-themed public service announcements for Social Security. Visit amazon.com for pre-ordering information.
October 16, 2009
The Miracle Worker is Broadway-bound! Abigail Breslin and Alison Pill have been cast as Helen and Annie Sullivan respectively. It is slated to open on March 3, 2010 at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York.
Anna's 1972 episode of Ghost Story (aka Circle of Fear) is coming to DVD on October 20. Please visit amazon.com for details.
September 8, 2009
Anna's newest made-for-television movie, Love Finds a Home, will be released on DVD on November 10. Please visit amazon.com for details.
August 24, 2009
Instead of leaving the show in September, Anna has decided to extend her stay in the San Francisco production of Wicked until February, 2010. Please click here for tickets.
July 31, 2009
Absolute Strangers is available to watch FREE on Hulu.
Shout! Factory has decided to release Season One of The Patty Duke Show on DVD! It will be released on September 29. Bonus features will include brand-new cast interviews featuring Anna, William Schallert, Paul O'Keefe, and Eddie Applegate. Please visit amazon.com for more information.
July 6, 2009
Stones (starring Anna and Lolita Davidovitch), is an original
pilot developed and produced by the Canadian channel, CBC. The premise is about four women who lead
very different lives but meet weekly at a local curling rink.
According to the producers, Anna "is--as always--absolutely
awesome." The PILOT will air on Canada's CBC on
July 15 at 9PM EST. Please tune in and send your
feedback to the
CBC in order for more episodes to be aired!
Shirley, Annette, Cindy and Marge. Five very different women just
trying to stay afloat amidst the chaos of life: demanding children,
high-maintenance husbands, mortgages that keep them awake at night,
uninspiring jobs, and all the challenges that come from being a
wife, a mother and more significantly, a woman. They’re working
class women who do it all and more. And they’re just desperate for a
little me time. They are the real desperate housewives.
On July 20, Marc Heustis will present "Sparkle, Patty, Sparkle!", a gala tribute to Anna at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CA. The event includes a live interview with Bruce Vilanch in which they'll discuss winning the Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller, writing two best-selling books, and her recent stage triumph in "Wicked!" The event will also include screenings of "The Miracle Worker" and "Valley of the Dolls," career clip reels, a sing-along to the theme song of "The Patty Duke Show," and performances by Connie Champagne and Matthew Martin. The gala begins at 6PM with a meet & greet reception followed by the main event at 8PM. Tickets are $30 for the gala, and $60 for the Meet & Greet with preferred orchestra seats at the gala. Tickets are available at (415) 863-0611, ticketweb.com, or can also be purchased at A Different Light Bookstore (489 Castro Street). Partial proceeds from this even will benefit New Leaf Services, NAMI Walk/SF Bay Area, and The Mental Health Association of San Francisco.
June 3, 2009:
Factory will release Season One of The Patty Duke Show
on DVD in a six-disc set on September 29, 2009! It will be a
full-screen release of all thirty-six episodes and combines English
mono audio and
April 11, 2009:
The Castro Theatre in San Francisco will honor Anna on July 20. The tribute will feature several clips depicting her career, a screening of Valley of the Dolls, and a live interview with Anna. We are working closely with the theatre and will post more details as they become available.
April 6, 2009:
Anna's new movie, Love Finds a Home, will air on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, April 11.
Anna will appear on A View from the Bay on KGO-TV (a local ABC affiliate in San Francisco) on Thursday, April 10.
The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) will present a special One Night Only Cabaret with performers from the casts of "Wicked," "Grease," and "Burn the Floor," on Monday, April 13 at 7:30PM. Anna will host this event at Club Fugazi, 678 Green Street, San Fransisco, CA.
March 2, 2009:
Beginning March 24 and lasting throughout a six-month run, Anna will be starring as Madame Morrible in the San Francisco, CA production of "Wicked!" Please click here for tickets.
The decision for the Canadian channel CBC to pick up Throwing Stones will soon be made. If it is, Anna's scenes will be filmed in San Francisco so as not to interrupt her performance schedule for "Wicked."
At Fancast.com, you can now watch Anna's episode of Night Gallery as well as the full-length movie, Fight For Life.
In addition to those announced in January, This TV (which now airs The Patty Duke Show) has been added to more US channel lineups. Please check your local listings for the dates and times it airs.
Los Angeles, CA: KTLA
Philadelphia, PA: WPHL
Cincinnati, OH: WXIX
Memphis, TN: WMC
Louisville, KY: WAVE Knoxville, TN: WTNZ
Tulsa, OK: KOTV Spokane, WA: KAYU
Shreveport, LA: KSLA Fort Smith, AR: KFDF
Evansville, IN: WFIE Boise, ID: KTRV
Eugene, OR: KVAL Wilmington, NC: WSFX
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL: WMOR
January 7, 2009:
Anna is the new spokeswoman for the Social Security Administration! Please click on the above picture or visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pattyduke to watch a series of 5 infomercials Anna filmed to encourage the online registration for Social Security benefits.
Additionally, Anna has filmed a segment on The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet. It will air on Fox on January 15.
Anna's new movie, Love Finds a Home, will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, April 11.
Captains and the Kings will be released on DVD on January 13 as a 3-disc set! It retails for $39.98, however...KOCH Vision is offering it for $36.98, and is letting all Patty Duke fans receive an additional 25% off (this brings the price down to $27.74)! You can purchase the set with this special discount by clicking the above picture or at mymusicandvideo.com.
***During checkout, there is a prompt that asks for a promo code. Enter CAPTAINS and then click
the APPLY button. You will see the 25% discount taken from the total.***
The Miracle Worker (1979-edition) will be released on DVD on March 10! It is currently available for pre-order on amazon.com.
You can now watch Billie and Bigger Than the Sky in their entirety online on Fancast.com!
Miracle on the Mountain is now available as a Video On-Demand on Amazon.com!
The Patty Duke Show is on TV again! DirecTV's World Harvest Television channel is airing the show at 4:00PM (EST), restored and completely unedited (with the exception of the beginning credits). There is only one commercial per break, adding an extra 2-3 minutes per episode than when it aired on Nick-at-Nite. Additionally, visit World Harvest TV to watch a live feed online (meaning you can only watch the show at the same time it is broadcast on TV).
Other networks are following suit and have begun to air The Patty Duke Show, as well. Check to see if your city is listed:
Chicago, IL: WCIU
Houston, TX: KPRC
October 13, 2008:
On October 4, Anna received a Woman of the Year Award, presented to her by Operation Hope.
On October 11, Anna attended the Idaho Women in Film Festival. The event featured workshops, shorts and documentaries that written, produced, directed and acted by and/or about women. All proceeds benefited the Women's Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Among the films screened were My Sweet Charlie, The Miracle Worker, and Valley of the Dolls.
Anna's new film, Love Finds a Home, is expected to air in April, 2009.
A new CD compilation of Anna's songs, entitled Patty, is available at amazon.com.
Anna's new pilot, currently in post-production, is entitled Throwing Stones, and co-stars Lolita Davidovitch (who worked with Anna in Harvest of Fire). The premise is about four women who lead very different lives but meet weekly at a local curling rink. As of now, Anna's character is the lead. If the pilot sells, the series will ONLY air on the Canadian Channel, CBC. If it does well, it will hopefully be sold to the US market, as well. It will be a half-hour drama. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Touting an all-star cast, the 1976 NBC mini-series, Captains & the Kings, is coming to DVD on January 13, 2009! Anna won an Emmy for her performance in the role of Bernadette Hennessey Armagh. The DVD release will come from Koch Vision on 3 discs. It is available for pre-order on amazon.com.
On November 15, Valley of the Dolls will be shown on the big-screen in New York, New York, as part of the Chelsea Classics series. For more information, call (212) 691-5519.
September 1, 2008:
We're back!!! Due to technical issues, we were unable to post an update sooner. But after much delay, we're back with new technology and new software to hopefully make Call Me Anna: The Official Patty Duke Website bigger and better!
Please refer to the new Personal Appearances page to see a listing of Anna's upcoming appearances.
View RARE clips of Anna's acting and personal appearances on the new Patty Duke Theatre page.
Anna has just completed filming a pivotal role in Love Finds a Home, the eighth and final installment of the popular 1800s romance saga by Janette Oke. Anna's son, Mackenzie, starred in 2004's Love's Enduring Promise, also part of the series. Anna's film is expected to air in early 2009.
currently filming a pilot for in Canada for a new television
series. More details will follow as they become available.
Anna will be receiving an award in Florida on Janurary 11, 2009! It will be presented to her by Sunshine from Darkness on behalf on her contributions to the advancement of erasing the stigma of mental illness. Please refer to the Personal Appearances page for information on how to attend this event.
In May, Anna received an award honoring her contribution to the film industry. It was presented to her by the Women in Film & Video commission. Call Me Anna: The Official Patty Duke Website was invited to attend. Please refer to the Awards page for details and pictures.
In her time away from acting and speaking appearances, Anna often works as a Guest Professor of drama at the University of North Idaho. There, she gives lectures on the craft of acting, surely a special treat for all in attendance!
In February 2008, Anna starred in a Chicago, IL production of a new play, "Blue Yonder." Please refer to the Stage page for pictures.
In April 2007, Anna starred in a Spokane, WA production of "Humble Boy," a play written by a local playwright. Please refer to the Stage page for pictures and information on her win of The Spokie Award.
In February 2007, Anna starred in a production of "Billion Dollar Baby," a play performed at the University of Idaho. Please refer to the Stage page for pictures.
Along with Eddie Applegate and William Schallert, Anna appeared in Burbank, CA at The Sharon & Ray Courts Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show. The expo took place from April 25-27, 2007. As her two co-stars were in attendence, it was promoted as a mini-reunion of The Patty Duke Show.
Anna has a small, non-speaking role in her son, Mackenzie Astin's, latest film, The Four Children of Tander Welch. In it, she played Mack's mother. It aired in April, solely on a South Carolina PBS station. Currently, however, it is playing on the festival circuit.
In December 2007, Anna received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from the University of North Florida. It was presented to her to commemorate her work in the advancement and awareness of mental health.
Anna is currently in talks to reprise her role from the original 1990 stage production of "Meetin's on the Porch. This time, however, the production will be a movie! More information will follow once it becomes available.
A handful of Anna's movies and TV show appearances have been released on DVD!
Family of Strangers
The Disappearing Act
The Daydreamer (re-released)
Race Against Time
A Christmas Memory
Valley of the Dolls
Touch of Truth
Murder without Conviction
If Tomorrow Comes (released in 2 packages: 1 is with 9 other movies, the other is with 1 other movie)
The Love Boat Season 1, Volumes 1 and 2
Playboy After Dark
Hawaii 5-0 (available for pre-order at Amazon.com)
Night Gallery Season 2 (available for pre-order at Amazon.com) Anna's episode was included as a bonus feature on the Season 1 box set, however the episode premiered in Season 2.
A book entitled The Miracle Actress: The Career of Patty Duke is currently being written. It will contain numerous quotes from Anna's co-stars including (but not limited to) Joan van Ark, David Birney, Tab Hunter, Barry Bostwick, Margaret Welsh, Millie Tirk, Granville van Deusen, Eddie Applegate, and Jean Byron. More information will follow as it becomes available.
Anna was featured in an article in the March 7, 2008 issue of Northwest Woman magazine.
Either fortunately or unfortunately, the lawsuit regarding Anna's role as Golda Meir in the production of "Golda's Balcony" is still on-going.
Anna is slated to appear in a currently in-production special entitled Brodway: Beyond the Golden Age. It will play a limited release in select theatres. More information will follow.
May 21, 2006:
Anna narrates In Time of War, a sixty-minute documentary that explores the Japanese-American experience of WWII in the Pacific Northwest. Check your local PBS listings for airdates. For more information and to purchase the VHS ($19.95) or the DVD ($24.95), please visit https://www.indiana.edu/~radiotv/store_itow.html.
Anna's is scheduled to begin filming the lead role in a new movie, Together Again for the First Time, on June 26 and will continue until July 22. The cast includes David Ogden Stiers, Larisa Oleynik, Joey Lawrence, Kirby Heyborne, Blake Bashoff, Kelly Stables, Lauren Storm, and Michelle Page. Jeff Parkin will direct. It is scheduled to be released this holiday season.
"Together Again for the First Time" is also a play written by a Spokane playwright. She will play the same role as in the movie. It is slated to open in Spokane in late November of this year.
Cover art has been made available for the DVD release of Valley of the Dolls. Please visit Amazon.com for more information.
April 2, 2006:
On Friday, May 5, Anna will be the Keynote Speaker at the 7th Annual Public Symposium on Race & Diversity Issues at the Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield, CA. The event is sponsored by the Kern County Department of Human Services. Tickets are $79. For more information, contact Marshall Hendrickson at (661) 868-6676 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 23, 2006:
Anna will be on QVC tomorrow, Friday, March 24, at 9:00AM (EST). Along with Liz Smith, head designer for Boyd's Bear Country, Anna has created new additions to her signature teddy bear collection and will be promoting them along with several QVC exclusives.
Anna will also be at Boyd's Bear Country in Gettysburg, PA this Saturday and Sunday to greet fans and autograph bears from her collection. Boyd's will announce signing and appearance times will each day. For more information, call (866) 367-8338.
Happy Anniversary, Anna and Mike!
March 11, 2006:
Valley of the Dolls will be officially released on DVD in the US on June 13, 2006. It is currently available for pre-order on amazon.com. Further details will be posted as they are made available.
March 6, 2006:
As reported, Anna has filed suit against the Manhattan Ensemble Theater Co. after she was dropped last year from the national tour of "Golda's Balcony." She has accused Broadway producer, David Fishelson, and the theater for discrimination on account of her heart condition. Anna claims her contract was terminated after Fishelson "mistakenly perceived her to be disabled and unable to perform" despite "clear oral promises" she would have the role of the Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir. Her suit charges Fishelson "unlawfully profited from her celebrity" by using her name in promotional campaigns for the play even after deciding to drop her.
February 3, 2006:
Jean Byron, "The Patty Duke Show's" Natalie Lane, passed away this morning from complications following hip replacement surgery. A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, February 7, in Alabama.
January 27, 2006:
Anna's new movie, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 9:00PM.
Although Anna was not asked to participate in the final release, Valley of the Dolls will finally become available in the US on DVD in 2006!
There is an article with Anna in the winter 2005 issue of BP Magazine.
January 10, 2006:
Anna announced today that she will be co-hosting a special live telephone event to share some of her newest initiatives, particularly her efforts to help people coping with mental illness. The event will be about 45 minutes long and participants will have the opportunity to send an email with questions before and during the call for Anna to answer. The call is limited to 100 people to RSVP. For more information visit http://www.pattyduke.net.
November 13, 2005:
Anna has narrated an audio CD entitled The Longest Road. It is currently available for sale on Amazon.com for $29.99. The unabridged reading is contained on 14 CDs and plays for 16.2 hours.
Anna hosted an awards ceremony that honored Adele Hall, bestowing upon her the first Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award. The award was given by the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee, and recognizes persons for making the community a better place through their leadership and generosity.
September 25, 2005:
Anna has been working with Ann Inman to design
her own line of collectible teddy bears. They have teamed up with
Boyds and will be selling The Patty Duke Collection on QVC
on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 from 1:00-2:00PM EST. This
will be a LIVE BROADCAST.
According to The Hallmark Channel, Anna's new movie, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, will air on February 4, 2006. It will NOT be shown in October.
September 11, 2005:
Anna will appear at the Austin Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas, on September 25 at a fundraiser for the New Milestones Foundation. The foundation raises money for the Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, which serves people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities or substance abuse disorders. Individual tickets cost $75. Table prices vary. For more information, call (512) 440-4051.
August 21, 2005:
In the past few months, Anna and Mike have raised $200,000 for a $7 million, 48,850-square-foot addition to Coeur d'Alene Homes, a nonprofit assisted-living center. Designed especially to house dementia/Alzheimer's patients, the new center, is expected to be completed in less than a year.
August 11, 2005:
William "Poppo" Schallert's wife, Lia, has written a novel! Mary Lou's War reflects how the nature of women has changed in the past 60 years. Straight out of high school, Mary Lou, the protagonist, 17, works at an Army hospital dealing with administrative issues for soldiers who have been broken both emotionally and physically. Lia Schallert will be signing her book at Village Books in the Pacific Palisades on Thursday, August 18, at 7:30.
July 31, 2005:
Anna's a grandma again! Sean's wife, Christine Astin, gave birth to their third child on Friday, July 22. Isabella Louise Astin was born a month premature, however, both mom and baby are doing fine.
July 8, 2005:
Along with U.S. Rep. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R-Idaho), Anna is promoting an effort to raise $2 million in private money to help shield 80,000 acres of forest near northern Idaho’s St. Joe River from development. The St. Joe drainage is home to one of the finest fisheries in the country for westslope cutthroat trout.
June 19, 2005:
Anna's new Hallmark movie, Halloween Romance, has been renamed. It is now re-titled Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door.
June 10, 2005:
The Coeur d'Alene Youth Orchestra's Spring Concert this year will feature Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," which will be narrated by Anna. It will be held on Sunday, June 19, 2005, at the Schuler Auditorium at Boswell Hall, part of North Idaho College. The suggested donation is $5.00. For more information, please contact (208) 765-4957 or visit http://www.cdayo.org.
May 31, 2005:
Anna plans to join more than 70 Western writers for a special book-signing event on Friday, June 17,2005, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel ballroom. The event, scheduled for 7 to 9PM, is part of the Western Writers of America Convention. The non-profit organization was founded in 1953 to promote and recognize literature of the American West. Drawings for free books will be held during the event.
May 22, 2005:
Congratulations! On April 25, Charlene and her husband, John, welcomed a new addition to the family: their first child, Audrey Mikala Gibson. Both mom and baby are doing well.
On Friday, May 27, Anna will be the featured guest speaker at the "Creativity & Courage in Mental Health" Annual Fundraiser for the AIM Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The AIM Center, Inc. is a psychiatric rehabilitation “clubhouse” model facility for individuals 16 and over. AIM provides comprehensive services and supports in community settings ranging from supported employment, education, and housing services to recreational and leisure activities.
Anna has teamed up again with her friend, Ann Looms, and are creating a new line of teddy bears with Boyds. Although the bears won't be ready until later, they will be attending the Boyd's Bears Collectors Event on Friday, June 24 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Bruce Boxleitner will be starring as Shelly Long's husband in Anna's new Hallmark movie, Halloween Romance.
Anna will no longer be starring as Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, in "Golda's Balcony." No official reason has been released, but Valerie Harper will be taking over the part. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Anna and Mike's daughter, Charlene, is due to give birth to her first child on April 21. Additionally, Sean Astin and his wife Christine are expecting a baby girl in August. Heartfelt congratulations are extended to all!
Bigger Than the Sky is slated for release on DVD on June 21. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $18.89. Kimberly will also be released on DVD under the title Daddy Who on June 14. It is also available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $17.49.
This year's IndependenceFirst POWER LUNCH will be held on June 15th, 2005 at the Midwest Airlines Center Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event highlights the influence of people with disabilities in the workplace, in the marketplace and throughout the community. As part of an energetic and informative program, the POWER LUNCH will host Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke as the featured guest speaker. She will speak candidly about living with bipolar disorder and the success strategies she has learned. Individual tickets are $50 each. More information can be obtained via email or by calling (414) 291-7520.
William Schallert (Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show) will star as Weller Martin in "The Gin Game," D.L. Coburn's 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 16, under James Glossman's direction. In the comedy-drama, Weller lives in a retirement home and tries to teach newcomer Fonsia Dorsey to play gin rummy. He's not such a good sport when his student learns the game all too well. "The Gin Game" will play at The Bickford Theatre in Morris Township, New Jersey.
Following the tradition started in 1995, Nick at Nite is observing it's 20th anniversary. As part of the celebration, Nick at Nite/TV Land will be re-playing many of the shows they have previously aired, including The Patty Duke Show! On Saturday, June 25, TV Land will be airing one episode at 9:30AM and repeating it later that night at 2:30AM. At this point, no episode description is given, however, it will most likely be the episode entitled "The Cousins," where Patty and Cathy meet for the first time.
March 6, 2005:
Anna will be touring later this year in the critically acclaimed play, "Golda's Balcony." Although the tour schedule has not yet been finalized, we do know that it will be a 26+ week engagement, ending on May 14, 2006. The following cities have been confirmed as definite stops; if you don't see a city near you, it still may be added! Of course, more information will be posted as it becomes available.
2005 is a big year for the extended Duke family! Anna and Mike's daughter, Charlene, and her husband, John, are expecting their first child; Charlene is due in April. Sean Astin and his wife, Christine, are also expecting a new baby. Their third child is due later this August. Anna's nephew Mike and his wife, Kathleen, welcomed Quinn, baby #5, to the world on February 16. All mommies and babies are reportedly in good health.
Anna's 1998 movie, When He Didn't Come Home, is being released on DVD! Under its working title, The Disappearing Act, the movie is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The official release date is July 26, 2005. Unfortunately, the cover art has not yet been made available.
Night Gallery: The Complete First Season is also available for purchase. Even though Anna's episode, "The Diary," is from Season 2, it is added here as a bonus. It can also be purchased from Amazon.com.
February 7, 2005:
Anna's new movie, Bigger Than the Sky, will open on Friday, February 18, 2005 to a limited release. More information will be posted as it becomes available. However, the trailer can be viewed (in Quicktime, Windows Media Player, or Real Audio formats) on The Internet Movie Network.
Anna will be touring the country later this year in the one-woman show, "Golda's Balcony." In it, Anna will play Israel's fourth Prime Minister, Golda Meir. The official tour schedule has not yet been released, but we do know that it will begin in November in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The show was written by William Gibson (author of "The Miracle Worker"), and has recently been on Broadway. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Eddie Applegate (Richard from The Patty Duke Show) has recently launched his official website on which he sells original artwork. Visit it at http://www.eddieapplegate.com/
January 9, 2005:
The fourth season of Frasier has been released on DVD (this includes the episode in which Anna guest-starred). Please visit Amazon.com for more information.
On November 12, 2004, Anna received a plaque connoting a Lifetime Honorary Membership to The Sullivan Foundation. It was presented as a symbol of appreciation for all she has done to honor the memories of Annie Mansfield Sullivan and Helen Adams Keller. The Sullivan Foundation strongly feels that Anna has lived Helen's message to the fullest: "The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it."
December 14, 2004:
Happy birthday, Anna!!!
Mike and Anna, along with Dennis and Joanie Franz and Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon, came together to sign copies of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library's Literary Classics Calendars at The Coeur d'Alene Resort on Saturday, December 11. The famous northwest couples are featured in the calendar which is being sold throughout Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. All proceeds will benefit the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.
November 28, 2004:
Anna will be interviewed by Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, November 30. Be sure to check your local listings for time and channel.
The Threatre of Western Springs, Illinois is pleased to announce five benefit performances of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," starring Anna and John Grant-Phillips. The performances will take place on February 10, 11 & 12 at 8:00PM, and February 12 & 13 at 2:30PM. Early Bird ticket price is $50, regular ticket price is $55 (discounts are available for subscribers and students). There will also be a special VIP Reception with Anna to follow each performance in the Lauren Wilson Room. Tickets for the reception are an additional $25. For more information, please call (708) 246-3380 or visit http://www.twsonline.net/LoveLetters/LoveLetters.htm.
November 9, 2004:
Anna will be released from Kootenai Medical Center this afternoon. She's looking forward to recuperating at home for a few weeks. Both Mike and Anna wish to thank everyone who sent their get well wishes. Anna has read them all and was very touched.
Anna has been named this year's Honorary Chairperson for the Kootenai Medical Center's Festival of Trees. The event is held in tribute to the many sponsors, volunteers, and contributors that have donated generously of themselves, and raises money to maintain KMC's tradition of excellence in healthcare. With money raised from past Festivals, KMC has successfully completed the North Idaho Heart Center (where Anna was treated) and has improved Kootenai County's access to the finest cardiac care. The North Idaho Heart Center will once again be the beneficiary of the funds raised at this year's Festival. The 2004 Festival of Trees will be held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, November 26-29. For more information, please visit http://www.thefestivaloftrees.com/#.
November 3, 2004:
Anna is currently at the Kootenai Medical Center, awaiting scheduled single heart bypass surgery. Updated information will be posted as it becomes available. At this time, the family has agreed that instead of sending cards or flowers, a donation to the hospital in Anna's name would be gratefully appreciated. Checks or money orders can be sent to the following address:
Kootenai Medical Center Foundation
2003 Lincoln Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
October 25, 2004:
Fifty-eight celebrities--including Anna and Sean Astin--have contributed to Ron Reagan's new book entitled If You Had Five Minutes with the President: 5 Minutes, 55+ Personalities, 1 President.
Sponsored by the Creative Coalition, a nonprofit arts support organization, this book provides a soapbox for each personality to raise concern about education, war, the environment, etc. The book is currently for sale for $13.97 on Amazon.com.
October 19, 2004:
"The Miracle Worker" opened on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre forty-five years ago today. It closed on July 1, 1961, after running for 719 performances.
October 17, 2004:
On October 20, Anna will be the keynote speaker at the Health Improvement Collaborative 2004 Award Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The event begins at 5:45PM. Tickets to this black tie affair begin at $175.
On November 12, Anna will be the keynote speaker at SERV Behavioral Health System's 30th anniversary celebration at 7:00PM. Offering unique insight into the challenge of mental illness, Ms. Duke and SERV offer hope to those who suffer from mental illness, as well as their family, friends and others who love and care for them. The event will be held at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey. Tickets to this black tie affair begin at $175. For more information on sponsoring or attending the event, contact SERV at (609) 406-0100 x107.
This past July, Anna was this year's guest speaker at the Chapter Presidents Luncheon, sponsored by Nellcor/Tyco Healthcare and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in Orlando, Florida.
October 10, 2004:
Anna will headline the Community Alliance's 8th Annual "Breaking the Silence" event promoting mental illness awareness. The event's main goal is to eliminate the stigma and myths which surround mental illness, and to encourage access to treatment and rehabilitation services essential to recovery. The event will take place in Omaha, Nebraska on October 21, 2004. To attend, please visit the Alliance's website to purchase tickets.
Anna was recently presented with the American Association of Community Theatre's Special Recognition Award. It is presented to persons or organizations whose contributions to community theatre are far reaching and of a special nature. There ceremony was recently held in New York City from June 23-26 at AACT's National Conference. While there, Anna spoke on live theatre and filmed five Public Service Announcements to promote community theatre. You can listen to the PSAs here.
Anna is featured in a short interview on AARP's website, "Movies for Grownups," promoting her most recent film, Murder Without Conviction.
October 3, 2004:
Anna is shown, briefly, as an audience member on the new Here's Lucy boxed set DVD.
Sean's memoir, There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale, is currently for sale for $16.97 on Amazon.com.
September 19, 2004:
Anna will be on Larry King Live on Monday, September 20, 2004. The discussion, including Pres. Jimmy Carter and Naomi Judd, will be on depression. At this time, it is unclear if this is a "new" episode or merely a repeat of a previous broadcast.
The complete first season of Touched By An Angel has been recently released on DVD. Oddly, the two-part season finale (in which Anna appeared) is among the episodes). It retails for $37.49 on Amazon.com.
September 18, 2004:
Today is the 41st anniversary of the premiere of The Patty Duke Show!
September 10, 2004:
Eddie Applegate ("Richard" from The Patty Duke Show) will feature his original artwork at the 8th Annual Art in the Park. He will be there Saturday and Sunday, September 11 & 12. For more information, visit Park La Brea.
August 8, 2004:
Anna will be receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, August 17.
Anna recently filmed an interview on The Ryan Seacrest Show. It will air on Monday, August 9. It's a syndicated show, so check your local listings for the time and channel.
Anna will be featured in the August issue of California-based Venice Magazine. There is also an article--written by Sean Astin--in the August issue of Reader's Digest.
July 27, 2004:
After long last, 20/20 will FINALLY be airing on Friday, July 30, at 10:00PM (EST) on ABC.
Anna will be receiving her star on Hollywood's
legendary Walk of Fame in August. She is currently in LA
doing publicity for the event.
July 25, 2004:
According to Official Patty Duke Mailing List member, Lisa, the Assistant Director of Anna's new film, Caught in the Act, when Courtney Cox-Arquette became pregnant, she and David Arquette signed over their rights. Also, Caught in the Act is a working title; it will be changed soon, as a new television series is supposedly airing this fall with the same title.
No word yet on when 20/20 will air--however, we are told that it will.
June 20, 2004:
Anna and Mike have reportedly SOLD their ranch. They are currently getting settled in their new home.
Anna is featured in the Summer '04 issue of Bust Magazine. There is a 10-question quiz entitled "How Well Do You Know Patty Duke?"
June 6, 2004:
20/20 has been pushed back yet again. It's now tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 18, at 10:00PM (EST), on ABC.
Regarding Anna's latest project, Caught in the Act: the cast does not include Courtney Cox-Arquette, David Arquette, or Tim Blake Nielsen as are listed on imdb.com; Anna's movie only happens to share the same working title. The correct cast list is as follows: John Corbett, Sean Astin, and Amy Smart.
May 23, 2004:
Unfortunately, 20/20 has been bumped back. ABC assures us, however, that it will now air on Friday, June 4, at 10:00PM (EST), on ABC.
Anna also has a role in an upcoming theatrical(!) movie with her son, Sean. It is called Caught in the Act, and stars Courtney Cox and David Arquette. More details will be posted as they become available.
May 13, 2004:
Anna will be in Great Falls, Montana this afternoon, filming a public service announcement for mental health awareness.
April 21, 2004:
20/20 is doing a special Mother's Day interview with Anna and her son, Sean Astin. Anna's other son, Mackenzie, is also interviewed. The interview is said to be "very emotional." It will air on Friday, May 7, at 10:00PM (EST), on ABC.
April 17, 2004:
Anna's son, Mackenzie, is starring in a play titled "Young Jack London." It runs for one night (tonight) only at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, California; tickets are $10. For more information, call (213) 684-3422.
March 21, 2004:
The "Nostalgia Magazine" article will be published in April. We are still hoping to post it on the site as it becomes available, as we are told that it concerns Anna's mother and her interest in long-term care.
March 15, 2004:
Happy 18th Anniversary Anna and Mike!!!
Anna has been interviewed for the upcoming issue of "Nostalgia Magazine." Since it is published only in the northwest, it will most likely not be available for regional purchase. However, we will try to publish the article as it becomes available.
The titles for Anna's upcoming television projects have been announced. Her episode of Judging Amy is called "Disposable," and her new movie for the Hallmark Channel is tentatively titled Murder Without Conviction.
March 7, 2004:
Anna is still in California, and is currently filming interviews (one, for the TV Land Awards, is with Leeza Gibbons and can be seen on Extra). Air dates will be posted once they are announced.
March 1, 2004:
Anna's new movie for the Hallmark Channel is tentatively scheduled to air on Labor Day weekend.
February 22, 2004:
The Screen Actors Guild honored Karl Malden with its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award tonight, during the 10th Annual SAG Awards. Anna, who worked with Malden in "Call Me Anna," "Absolute Strangers," and "The Streets of San Francisco," appeared in a pre-recorded tribute.
February 15, 2004:
The votes are in: Anna WON a TV Land Award for the "Favorite Dual-Role Characters" category. The results of her other nomination ("Favorite TV Theme Song") are not known at this time. The ceremony is March 17 at 9pm, and will, of course, air on TV Land. It will be hosted by Brad Garrett -- and yes, Anna WILL be there to accept the award in-person.
On February 27, Anna will be a presenter at the 41st Annual Publicists Awards. The luncheon, which is sponsored by the International Cinematographer's Guild, will be held in Beverly Hills, CA. This event will not be televised.
February 11, 2004:
According to Liz Smith, Anna's episode of Judging Amy is slated to air on March 16. In the episode, she plays a foster mother named Valerie, who discovers she has Alzheimer's.
February 8, 2004:
The release date of 1965's Billie has been pushed back until May 11, 2004. No information has been given as to why, however we have posted the DVD cover: you can view it here. For ordering information, please visit Amazon.com.
Anna's new movie for the Hallmark Channel is based on The Good Friday Murders, the first book of the Christine Bennett murder mysteries. At this point, it is not known if the movie will have the same title. Anna plays Mother Joseph, a nun who helps Christine solve an old murder mystery. More details will be posted as they become available.
Anna will also start filming a guest spot on CBS's Judging Amy. A synopsis and airdate will be posted when they are made available.
February 1, 2004:
Anna recently filmed a supporting role--as a nun--for an upcoming movie on the Hallmark Channel. Complete details are not yet known but will be posted as it becomes available.
Anna's 1965 movie, Billie, will be released on DVD on April 20. It will be in full-screen format, and will include the theatrical trailer. For ordering information, please visit Amazon.com.
January 19, 2004:
Anna's house and her nephew, Mike Kennedy's software business are up for auction on eBay! Please feel free to visit the site; serious bidders only, please.
January 4, 2004:
Anna has been nominated twice in the second annual TV Land Awards. Her first nomination is in the "Favorite Dual-Role Characters" category, and her second is for the "Favorite TV Theme Song." The show will air on Wednesday, March 17 (and like last year, will be rebroadcast many times), on TV Land. Vote for her online at TV Land Awards.
December 17, 2003:
It has been confirmed that the Biography special on Anna will air at 8:00PM (EST and PDT) on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 on A&E. It will be rerun at midnight.
December 14, 2003:
Happy birthday, Anna!!
November 14, 2003:
Please join with us in writing to Lifetime Television; after an eight-year hiatus, it's high time Anna made another Lifetime Original Movie. Visit the Letter Writing Campaign for more information.
November 12, 2003:
The "Biography" air date has changed once more. The official word from the producer is now Wednesday, December 17, at 8:00PM (EST and PDT). It will also be rerun at midnight.
Anna will be the featured speaker at the Heinz Convention Center is Boston, Massachussetts on Friday, November 14. The conference is called "Caring for Our Mental Health" and is part of Heinz' annual Conference on Women's Health and Environment series. This is a private event; tickets are not available to the public.
Anna will also be speaking on Wednesday, November 19, in Middletown, New York. This too, is a private event; tickets are not available to the public.
November 2, 2003:
The airdate for A&E's "Biography" has changed. It will now air on Monday, November 17, at 8:00PM (EST and PDT). It will also be rerun at midnight.
October 23, 2003:
An additional performance of "Gypsy" has been announced. The play now runs until November 2, 2003 at the Spokane Civic Theatre.
Valley of the Dolls has recently been released on DVD--but only in Australia.
October 20, 2003:
Four of Anna's movies--A Time to Triumph, Grave Secrets, Amityville 4, and A Matter of Justice--have recently been released on DVD. For purchasing information, please visit Entermagic.com.
Visit Wrong Turn the Movie for information on Anna's recent independent film.
September 18, 2003:
Today is the FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY of the premiere of The Patty Duke Show on ABC! MGM Home Entertainment holds the distribution rights to the show; Carrie is taking suggestions for how to convince them to release the show on DVD. Email her at Carrie@officialpattyduke.com if you have any ideas.
September 15, 2003:
Anna's most recent independent film, Wrong Turn, will be screened at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films on September 18, 2003, at 6:00PM. For more information, please visit http://www.psfilmfest.org.
September 7, 2003:
The Biography special on Anna will air at 8:00PM (EST and PDT) on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 on A&E. It will be rerun at midnight.
September 5, 2003:
Anna will be starring as Mama Rose in the Spokane Civic Theatre's production of "Gypsy." The show will run from September 20 - November 1, 2003; tickets are now on sale.
August 21, 2003:
Anna and Mike have decided to sell their forty-acre ranch in Hayden, Idaho. Their asking price is $740,000. If interested, please contact realtor Joe Dobson at (208) 667-4676 or Toll Free at (800) 618-6977, or check the listing online at Realtor.com.
July 9, 2003:
A&E has announced that a new "Biography" on Anna is currently in pre-production.
June 19, 2003:
This morning, it was announced that Anna is among the most recent inductees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame! She will receive her star on Hollywood Boulevard sometime within the next twelve months. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available, however, in the meantime, please check out this article from the Associated Press.
June 11, 2003:
Anna and Mike's son, Kevin, just graduated from junior high school. If you'd like to send your good luck and congratulatory wishes to Kevin, please email them to: email@example.com and we'll make sure he gets them.
May 30, 2003:
The performances of "Love Letters" slated for Saturday and Sunday are now sold out. However, an additional performane has been added for Friday, June 6, 2003 at 8:00PM.
May 28, 2003:
Anna will again be performing in a benefit production of the play, "Love Letters." This time, it's for the Ernest Bloch Music Festival Orchestra in Newport, Oregon, and co-stars David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H*, Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace, To Face Her Past, Touched By An Angel series finale). The two performances are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, 2003, at 8:00PM. For tickets, call the Newport Performing Arts Center (1-888-701-7123); prices are $10, $15, and $20. As there are only twelve rows of seats in the theater, be sure to order soon because we're sure they'll sell-out fast! Please visit The Newport News Times for more information.
April 26, 2003:
The American Foundation for the Blind's "Access Awards" honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that are eliminating or substantially reducing inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. The 2002 Access Awards were hosted by Anna, and were presented in San Francisco on February 20, 2003.
April 20, 2003:
This year, Anna was given the first ever "True Colors Award" by The Rainbow Connection for her contributions to this year's Cabaret fundraiser. Call Me Anna: The Official Patty Duke Webpage's Co-Webmaster, Bill Jankowski, was asked by TRC's director, Dean Walton, and Anna and Mike Pearce to accept the award in New Jersey on Anna's behalf on April 11. No flash photography was permitted at the event, so Bill is shown here posing with the award in front of part of his private Patty Duke collection later that night.
April 8, 2003:
Anna is currently at home, recuperating from surgery that took place on April 3rd. While performing in "Oklahoma!", she injured her right shoulder. There were no complications and a full recovery is expected! It has been requested, however, that fans refrain from sending flowers. We would really appreciate if everyone would respect the Pearce's privacy at this time.
Anna will be among the keynote speakers at the 16th Annual Idaho Conference on Health Care, on October 22-24, at the Idaho State University campus. On the theme "Health Care in a New Era," this year's conference will delve into a variety of topics that examine the broadening dimensions in health care, including mental illness. Dr. David Peck, Lewis & Clark expedition medical expert, will also speak. The conference is offered in conjunction with the Idaho Public Health Association. For more information, call (800) 753-4781 or visit Kasiska College of Health Professions.
The Seventh Annual "Erasing the Stigma Mental Health Leadership Awards" will be held on May 16. This event will be held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel and is open to the public, although tickets (which include lunch) cost $150 each. For reservations, call (310) 413-8407.
Broadway Beat offers an "In-depth Interview" with Anna for sale for $20. It was filmed on February 10, 2003.
March 30, 2003:
Regretfully, the line of Patty Duke Collectible Teddy Bears is no longer in production.
The Seventh Annual "Erasing the Stigma Mental Health Leadership Awards" is honoring Anna and others on May 16, 2003, in Beverly Hills, CA. Anna was a presenter at the awards ceremony in 2001.
Bill found a website which features a wonderful video-interview with Anna, about The Miracle Worker. It was filmed in November, 2002, while Anna was in Boise, Idaho to promote the Idaho Arts Council. It was filmed for a public access TV show, and Anna talks about the movie, "Oklahoma!", and much, much more! VHS copies are available to purchase for $16. To download the twenty-eight minute video clip, please visit Dialogue.
March 23, 2003:
The final episode of Touched By an Angel, in which Anna is a guest star, is titled "I Will Walk with You." It will air on April 26 and 27, from 8:00 - 9:00pm.
Tickets for Anna's speaking engagement in Denver, Colorado, part of the Unique Lives & Experiences series, are now sold out.
March 19, 2003:
The Photo Gallery is now up and running! It is still under construction, however, so check back often for more updates.
March 15, 2003:
Happy Anniversary, Anna and Mike -- 17 years and going strong!
March 12, 2003:
Anna will be guest starring on the series finale of Touched By An Angel. It will air in two parts on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. Both episodes will air from 8:00 - 9:00pm. Other guest stars include: Randy Travis, Paul Wittenburg, Marion Ross, and Gregory Harrison.
March 5, 2003:
Anna will be in Denver, Colorado, on May 14, 2003. She will be appearing as part of the Unique Lives & Experiences series, and will be talking about her battle with manic depression. Her speech is titled "A Brilliant Madness."
Vote for your favorite Oscar Winners in the Biography Magazine Poll! Anna is among a long list of other Best Supporting Actress winners. In an effort to maintain the accuracy of their polls, Biography Magazine is only accepting 1 vote per person per day. All ballots must be received by March 31, 2003. The winners will be announced in the June 2003 issue of Biography Magazine. Show your support and vote for Anna!
The Daydreamer has just been released on DVD for the first time. It has also been re-released on VHS. To purchase a copy please visit Amazon.com--Earth's Biggest Selection.
Anna's 1986 film, A Time To Triumph, has recently been released on DVD and VHS for the first time ever! This is the wonderful film in which Anna met her husband, Michael Pearce. To purchase a copy please visit Movieland Express. Classic Video and DVD Movies. Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive has been re-released. You can order a VHS copy through the same website.
March 4, 2003:
A new date has been decided upon for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Broadway Bears auction. It will be on Monday, March 24, 2003. Visit the Broadway Bears page for more information.
February 19, 2003:
The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS sponsored Broadway Bears auction has been postponed indefinitely. The new date will be posted as soon as it become available.
February 17, 2003:
We have just been chosen as the recipient of the 2003-2004 Golden Web Award! The awards are given "in recognition of creativity, integrity, and excellence on the Web." Thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible!
February 15, 2003:
Anna will be appearing on the series finale of Touched By An Angel. It will air in April.
Anna's son, Mackenzie, will be appearing in an episode of CBS's Without a Trace, which will air this Thursday, February 20, at 10:00pm. The episode is titled "There Goes the Bride," and Mack's character's name is "Charlie."
February 13, 2003:
For those of you who were planning on attending, Anna has decided NOT to participate in the 8th annual "Nothing Like a Dame" benefit concert.
February 11, 2003:
Anna will begin auditioning for voice-overs for commercials in the upcoming month.
February 10, 2003:
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will hold their annual Broadway Bears auction on February 17, 2003. This year, one of the bears is "Curly," from the production of "Oklahoma!" It is signed by Patty Duke and Patrick Wilson.
February 5, 2003:
It was announced today that "Oklahoma!" will close at the end of this month. The final performance will be held on Sunday, February 23, at 3:00pm. "Call Me Anna: The Official Patty Duke Webpage" extends their warmest appreciation and gratitude to Anna for a job well done.
"Call Me Anna: The Official Patty Duke Webpage" has been added to Starpages.net, a site dedicated to the promotion of celebrity fan sites. Please click the link on our main page and vote, showing your support for our site.
February 4, 2003:
Sadly, "Oklahoma!" will be closing some time this spring. As soon as there is word of an exact closing date we will be sure to post it. Congratulations go out to Anna for the wonderful job she has done!
TV Land Awards:
is nominated in the first ever TV Land Awards in the "Favorite
dual role characters" category for her work on "The Patty Duke
Show." The show will air Sunday, March 9 on TV Land. Vote for her
online at TV
December 14, 2002:
Happy Birthday Anna!
from discussion list members, she wrote this kind letter to us on October 2, 2002:
My Darling List Inhabitants,
(C) 2002 Broadway.com nbsp;