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The Patty Duke Show
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TV Series
    (September 18, 1963-May 4, 1966)
    Aired on ABC
    Patty Duke as Patty Lane and Cathy Lane
    William Schallert as Patty's father Martin Lane
    Jean Byron as Patty's mother Natalie Lane
    Paul O'Keefe as Patty's brother Ross Lane
    Eddie Applegate as Patty's boyfriend Richard Harrison
    Premise: Patty's more wordly 'identical cousin' Cathy arrives from Scotland to live with Patty's family and attend school in Brooklyn Heights, New York
    The first two seasons were filmed in New York City -- not for the authentic location, but to take advantage of New York state having more lax laws governing the hours a child actor could work than California.
    Most episodes were standard sitcom fare that did not focus on having two identical-looking but different-personality girls; indeed, during the last season five episodes did not feature Cathy at all.
    The series was cancelled over a dispute between ABC and producers United Artists about who would absorb the costs of filming the show in color.
    Duke revived her dual roles as Patty and Cathy in a public service announcement for the Social Security Administration (2009).
    In several episodes, a then-ambitious travelling matte process was used so Duke could play both cousins in the same scene.
    In addition to giving the cousins different hairstyles, Duke distinguished the characters in more subtle ways: for example, Patty kept her eyes opened wider and spoke louder and faster than Cathy.
    The theme song was parodied as 'Identical Beckies' on Roseanne with Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke.

Credit: C. Fishel

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