Memorial to Patty Duke & SWAN Events in California, New York & Houston
In Memoriam: Patty Duke, Actress and Activist 1946 - 2016
WomenArts mourns the passing of Anna Patty Duke Pearce, better known as Patty Duke, on March 29, 2016 at age 69.
Duke played on Broadway starting at age 12 as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and received rave reviews. She won an Oscar in 1962 at age 16 for her work in the film version of that show.
She followed that with 3 years on The Patty Duke Show, a popular television show where she played identical teen-aged cousins who became role models for millions of girls. During those years she was often forced to work extremely long hours in order to play both roles.
As an adult, Duke became a champion of labor rights. She was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1985, becoming the second female president of the union. In that position she oversaw the creation of a low-budget motion picture agreement that offered incentives to productions that hired women, minorities, seniors and disabled performers. She led a six-week animation strike and a three-week commercials contract strike, and she fought the recurring threats of so-called "right-to-work" legislation and runaway production.
She was also a pioneer in speaking out about her struggles with bi-polar disorder and working to educate the public about mental illness.
Thanks so much to Anna Patty Duke Pearce for her lifetime of excellent acting and leadership as a mental health advocate and unionist. We will miss her.
Flagship Ensemble Presents Site-Specific Second Skin
Click the image above to watch a video trailer for Second Skin.
Told in three interconnected monologues, Kristin Idaszak'sSecond Skin investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations. When Quinn learns her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories, her mother's secrets, and strange occurrences that echo her mother's Irish bedtime stories.
Director Kate Jopson and designer JR Bruce founded The Flagship Ensemble as a haven for experimentation. They are especially interested in the interaction of humans and nature as well as the divide between rural and urban communities. Read more>>
Not in NY? In addition to the live screenings, AXW presents curated shows of shorts for online streaming at http://axwonline.com. There is a $6 fee to watch the online films. The fees are used to support the filmmakers.Read more>>