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Based upon Patty Duke's bestselling autobiography, Call Me Anna details the Academy Award-winning actress's rise to stardom and her lifelong struggle with manic depression. Born Anna Marie Duke, the youngster from Queens embarked upon an acting career at an early age. Her manager, John Ross, essentially removes her from her family (including a depressed mother and alcoholic father) at the age of seven and tyrannically manages her career. While this effectively aids her professionally, his abuse takes a toll upon the sensitive young girl. She makes a name for herself when she lands the part of Helen Keller in the Broadway smash The Miracle Worker and gains national fame when her work in the film version earns her a coveted Oscar. She goes on to star in her own television series, and embarks upon a number of relationships, including ones with Desi Arnaz Jr. and John Astin (whom she marries). Eventually, Duke shows signs of mental illness, brought about both by her parents and her managers, and enters into therapy with a doctor, who is able to give her the help she desperately needs. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi


Patty Duke
Howard Hesseman
as John Ross
Karl Malden
as Doctor Harold Arlen
Matthew Perry
as Desi Arnaz Jr
Nicholas Hormann
as Game Show Host
Dana Gladstone
as Fred Maxwell
Ari Meyers
as Patty (as a youth)
Jenny Robertson
as Patty (as a young adult)
Millie Perkins
as Frances Duke
Michael Chieffo
as Photographer
Timothy Carhart
as Harry
James Distefano
as Actor
Richard Fancy
as Contract Lawyer
Lora Staley
as Anne Bancroft
Arthur Taxier
as John Astin
Seth Isler
as Game Show Producer
Zachary Benjamin
as Sean Astin (Young)
David Packer
as Glenn Bell
Ryan Francis
as Mackie Astin
Cory Danziger
as Sean Astin
Glenn Quinn
as George Chakiris
Paige Gosney
as Billy
Woody Eney
as Fred Coe


Gilbert Cates
John McGreevey
Mark Irwin
Garry Sherman
Composer (Music Score)
Lee Burch
Bryan Ryman
Production Designer
Lynda Burbank
Set Designer
Penny Ellers