Melissa Gilbert /Patty Duke

imagesXIADJNDEMelissa Gilbert is remembering Anna “Patty Duke” Pearce after her death on Tuesday morning.

The Little House on the Prairie star tells ET in a moving statement, “Anna was my dear friend, teacher, and a second mother.”

“Her passing leaves a huge hole in my heart. She helped raise me to be the woman I am today,” the 51-year-old actress continues. “She was so loved by so many people including me.”

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Gilbert, who shared the screen with Duke in 1979’s The Miracle Worker, goes on to reflect on Duke’s achievements as an actor, her family, and her mental health advocacy work. Read on for her entire statement.

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“She had a mind-boggling depth of talent, a fantastic sense of humor and survived being a child actor in the worst of circumstances. Anna won every award possible as a performer and as a humanitarian, and it was all well-deserved — she was an extraordinary human

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. I had no idea she passed away. I loved everything Patty Duke! She will be dearly missed.

    1. Yes she will. Have a great weekend.

  2. Belinda O says:

    I did not know she’d died! Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Yes she will. Have a great weekend.

    2. Didn’t mean to send that post to you.
      It was a message to another person.

      1. Belinda O says:

        Well, ignore the like 🙂 I assume I’ll like anything you have to say.

        1. I laughed. I feel the dame way.

    3. Have a wonderful weekend

      1. Belinda O says:

        You too 🙂

        1. Raining here but for once I don’t care. Hugs

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