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Over the last few weeks, you may have been convinced that I only ever watched cartoons as a kid as they have been the subject of flashback fridays.  I certainly did (and do) love cartoons but I also loved lots of tv shows that weren’t animated.  I was a huge Patty Duke fan and the Patty Duke show was probably the inspiration for my desperate want of a twin sibling when I was  young.

Let’s start at the important part of the show… yes, you guessed it… the opening theme.. How good was it.  It was so hard to learn so a complete challenge.

♫ Meet Cathy who’s lived most everywhere from Zanzibar to Barclay Square.  But Patty’s only seen the sights a girl can see from Brooklyn Heights.. What a crazy pair.  But they’re cousins.  Identical cousins all the way. One pair of matching bookends, different as night and day.

Where Cathy adores the minuet, the Ballet Rousses and Crepe Suzette.  Our Patty loves to rock & roll.  The hot dog makes her lose control, what a wild duet.  Still they’re cousins. Identical cousins and you’ll find… they laugh alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike.. You can lose your mind.  When cousins are two of a kind… ♫

The show itself was sweet, funny and innocent really.  Cathy was born in Scotland and came to America to live with her Uncle and his family, which included Patty.  As Patty and Cathy’s fathers were identical twins, it just so happened that the girls were identical and used to get up to all sorts of mischief, although Cathy was a lot more worldly and demure than Patty.  As time went on, she found herself more and more caught up with Patty’s crazy world.

It was such a fantastic show in it’s time.  Today, we think nothing of the special effects on television programs but back then, split screens etc were quite radical so the whole show not only amused us, but also fascinated us, knowing the same person was on the screen at the same time.  One wore her hair curled under.. one wore here hair curled out.   One spoke well, one used slang.. One dressed well… the other favored the hip clothes of the time.. One loved the classics, the other loved all things modern.  Ahhh it was the stuff great shows were made of.

Patty Duke played the dual roles brilliantly.  You could be forgiven at times in thinking they really were different people as she played such separate personalities.  I personally think she is one of the more underrated actresses of our generation.  Her work as a child in The Miracle Worker with Anne Bancroft, which told the story of Helen Kellar, a blind & deaf author, political activist and lecturer.  She was also the first blind/deaf person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.  If you haven’t seen this movie, do yourself a favour and see if you can hunt it down.  It’s amazing to know it’s a true story.

Anyway, back to Patty’s sitcom.  I have just read that there was a further telemovie made in 1999 called: The Patty Duke Show: Still rocking in Brooklyn Heights…. so I’m about to see if it’s any good.  I’ve attached the Youtube link to it here. Pretty much the original cast so I think it’s probably worth seeing how they have all aged..

Happy singing along… Livvy 🙂

the Patty Duke Show