Did you know that Anna...



Has written two books, Call Me Anna and A Brilliant Madness Both were Top 10

New York Times' Bestsellers.

Is the youngest juvenile to have won a competitive Oscar.
Has lived on a farm in Northwest Idaho for the past ten years.

Has two Horsman dolls modeled after her.

Smokes Marlboro Lights cigarettes.

Has earned ten Emmy nominations.

Is the youngest person ever to have a television series bearing her own name.

Had her name misspelled as "Patti" on a 1982 episode of Insight.

Came out with having Bipolar Disorder in 1987, upon the publication of her autobiography,

Call Me Anna.

Was the first actress ever to have won an Emmy for a made-for-TV-movie.

Has appeared in more movies that have eventually aired on Lifetime than anyone.

Has been married to Army Drill Sergeant, Michael Pearce, since March, 1986.

Has been married a total of four times.

Has dated such actors as Desi Arnaz Jr., and Adam West.

Is the mother of actors Sean and Mackenzie Astin.

Is the second woman to have served as President to The Screen Actors Guild, the fifth-largest labor

union in the United States.

Won a Gold Record for her 1965 hit single, "Don't Just Stand There".

Recorded a folk album in 1968 that included 12 songs.  Only 2 were released.

Had a line of clothing named after her during the original run of "The Patty Duke Show".

Played herself in the 1990 television adaptation of Call Me Anna.

Is the mother of 7 children: David, Alan, Tom, Sean, Mackenzie, Charlene, and Kevin
(please visit
A Tribute To Raelene Pearce: 1976-1998).

Is currently taking classes at a college in Idaho.

Made her musical theater debut in 2002 in "Follies".

In 1959, she was the youngest person ever to star in a Broadway play.

Is an avid collector of pill boxes, teddy bears, and angels.

Has portrayed both Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan in the movie adaptations of "The Miracle Worker".

Her son, Sean Astin, made his acting debut with her in the 1981 after-school special,

"Please Don't Hit Me, Mom".

Served as Grand Marshall in a gay pride parade.

Has recorded an inspirational CD for The National Dream Round-up.

Won a People's Choice Award for the TV series, "It Takes Two".

Starred in My Sweet Charlie, a made-for-TV-movie that was so highly successful that it was later released


Was the first person to ever share the screen with Al Pacino in the 1969 film, Me, Natalie.

Mentored actress Melissa Gilbert.

Guest starred in both "Police Story" and "Police Woman" during the same week in February, 1975.

Has appeared on countless game shows, including, but not limited to: "Match Game," "Password,"

"Password Plus," "Super Password," "Hollywood Squares," "Tattle Tales," "Chain Reaction,"

"The Pyramid Shows," "Celebrity Sweepstakes," "Mind Readers," and "What's My Line?".

Has appeared topless in the 1982 Canadian feature film, By Design.

Played Martha Washington in 2 television mini-series.

Played the first female President of the United States in the series, "Hail to the Chief".

Filmed a 10-minute pilot entitled "Ladies of Larabee," which would later be reincarnated as

"The Facts of Life," which would star her son, Mackenzie.

Has performed songs on such variety shows as "Shindig," "Jimmy Dean," "Ed Sullivan,"

"Mike Douglas," "Merv Griffin," and "Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall".

Spent time working on "The Jerry Lewis Telethon" for several years.

Has appeared on such talk shows as "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," "Geraldo," "Rosie O'Donnell,"

"The View," "Donahue," "Sally Jessy Raphael," "Charles Grodin," "Jay Leno," "Johnny Carson,"

"Larry King Live," "Hour Magazine," "The Home Show," "Good Morning, America," "20/20,"

"CBS This Morning," "The Today Show," "Dini Petty," and "Oprah".

Loves sunflower seeds in her salad.

Has donated her time to The Spokane Civic Theater's "The Glass Menagerie" in 1999, and

"Love Letters" in 2001.

Often travels with one of her dogs, Cricket.

Has narrated two "Lifetime Intimate Portraits" and has been the subject of one.

Has appeared on two national covers of TV Guide.

Considers her Emmy for the 1979 version of "The Miracle Worker" as her favorite acting honor.

Had 2 dressing rooms while filming "The Patty Duke Show," one for Patty and one for Cathy.

Has said that Sharon Tate taught her to correctly apply eye makeup while on the set of

Valley of the Dolls.

Is of Irish descent.

Starred in the 5th most successful movie in 1968, with Valley of the Dolls.

Filmed 1965's Billie in only 15 days.

Has costarred with Melissa Gilbert in 3 TV movies: "The Miracle Worker," "Family of Strangers,"

and "Cries From the Heart".

Has been featured on the cover of such magazines as Time, Sixteen, TV Guide, Look, People,

TV Radio Mirror, Rona Barrett's Hollywood, Theater Arts, Screen Land, Screen Stories,

Sunday New York News, New York Mirror, and Playbill.

Has appeared on such popular television shows as "Touched By an Angel," "Ben Casey," "Hotel,"

"Love Boat," "Insight," "Police Woman," "Police Story," "The Torkelsons," "US Steel Hour,"

"Playhouse 90," and "Kraft Television Theater".

Has worked with such acting legends as Helen Hayes, Al Pacino, Laurence Olivier, Anne Bancroft,

Patricia Neal, Susan Hayward, Judy Garland, Anne Baxter, Fred Astaire, Piper Laurie, Lynn Redgrave,

Betty White, Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Kim Stanley, Lloyd Bridges, Martin Sheen,

Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Fred MacMurray, Michael Caine, Olivia de Havilland,

Richard Dreyfuss, Gloria Vanderbilt, Helen Hunt, Richard Crenna, Carole Cook, Elsa Lanchester,

Martin Balsam, Nancy Marchand, Sharon Tate, Doris Roberts, Karl Malden, Michael Douglas,

John Astin, Henry Fonda, Lee Grant, Lee Remick, Colleen Dewhurst, Sean Astin, Mackenzie Astin,

Jean Smart, Tyne Daly, Melissa Gilbert, John Houseman, and of course, herself!

Was friends with Elizabeth Montgomery.

Wrote an introduction to the book, Surviving Sexual Assault.

Narrated "To Love This Life: Quotations By Helen Keller

Shares her birthday, December 14, with Lee Remick, co-star of "The Women's Room".


Joan Kall Stewart was one of Anna's body doubles for The Patty Duke Show.


Anna's singing voice in Valley of the Dolls was dubbed; it is really Gail Heideman singing.


Along with Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Joanne Woodward, and Dyan Cannon, Anna is a graduate of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women.


Anna was slated to play a character named Sister Vivian in an episode of the CBS drama, "Cold Case."  Unfortunately, due to conflicting schedules, this was not possible.


Supported Las Vegas, Nevada's "Temporary Assistance for Women," a charity for women in abusive relationships.


According to a recent interview, Anna makes "about fifty PSAs a year."


Anna doesn't like the scent of vanilla