At just 9 years old, Quvenzhane Wallis was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for the role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which she filmed when she was only 6 years old. While she didn’t win, it’s still an honor to be in a category with such prestigious and talented actors. Additionally, she is the youngest nominee for the category in history, and one of only 22 actors or actresses to be nominated under the age of 18.
Our speaker, Patty Duke, was one of only 3 nominees under the age of 18 to win an Oscar. She won Best Supporting Actress in 1962 for her role as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” Duke reflected on her Oscar experience with KXLY and said “I remember that I got all flushed. From my knees to the top of my head, it was all flushed and feverish.”
Now, 50 years after winning her Oscar, Duke has written two books and spends a great deal of time and travel speaking on the topic of mental illness. She is well respected by her peers and is passionate about her work.