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  • Patty Duke & Helen Keller

    Patty Duke was an outstanding spokesperson for mental health awareness and the first celebrity to make public her struggle with bipolar disorder. Like many actors, she also was a great storyteller.

    Here's one from the day she met Helen Keller, who Duke won an Oscar and a Tony nomination for portraying in "The Miracle Worker." Telling the story, Duke did an imitation of Keller's speaking voice.

    “She said, ‘I went to the doctor the other day and he told me I have to cut backon my martinis. And I said to the doctor, ‘Why? What will happen? I’m 80 years old, I’m deaf and I’m blind!’ ”

    Sadly, Duke herself did not make it to 80. Earlier today, she joined a list of celebrities who have died this year at the all-too-young age of 69.