Actress Patty Duke

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 20, 2005

I am a big fan of Patty Duke. Did she sell her Idaho home and where did she move? Is she making any movies?
—Mike A., Missouri

Duke, 58, made headlines last year when she put her 40-acre ranch in Hayden, Idaho (pop. 9,159), for sale on eBay, an online auction website. Her nephew had hoped to sell his software company by combining the offer with Duke's home, which had long been on the market. Online bidding didn't garner a high-enough price, however, so she sold the property privately and moved to nearby Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (pop. 34,514). Best known for her 1962 Oscar-winning role in The Miracle Worker, Duke, who has lived in Idaho since the early 1990s with her husband, Mike Pearce, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year and underwent single-bypass heart surgery in November. She recently filmed Bigger Than the Sky with son Sean Astin, which will be released later this year. She also played a nun in the Hallmark Channel's Murder Without Conviction, which aired in September. Last week, she performed in a five-day run of the play Love Letters with John Grant-Phillips in Western Springs, Ill. (pop. 12,493). She would like to do more work in theater, television and film.