Pictured: Patty Duke Meeting Helen Keller, the Inspiration Behind The Miracle Worker, in 1961 – People Magazine

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By Jodi Guglielmi

03/31/2016 AT 11:25 PM EDT

The late Patty Duke was perhaps best known for her breakout role in The Miracle Worker, and after impressing critics and fans alike with her performance, she got to meet the inspiration behind the broadway play.

Duke met with the real life Helen Keller in 1961. The actress was just 15 at the time. In the photo, Duke is seen kneeling down next to Keller and grasping her hand.

The two sat down together before Duke went on to portray Keller in the film adaption of the play.

Pictured: Patty Duke Meeting Helen Keller, the Inspiration Behind The Miracle Worker, in 1961| Death, Movie News, Patty Duke

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In the film, Duke played a young Keller, who was struggling to communicate after being left deaf and blind following a fever as a baby. As a last resort before institutionalizing Keller for her violent outbreaks, her parents hired half-blind Annie Sullivan.

Duke died on Tuesday, after a battle with sepsis that was a result of a ruptured intestine.

Duke’s son Sean Astin has said that his mother was “at peace” when she died.

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