Patty Duke, star of 1972 movie shot in Duluth, returning for film festival
An Oscar-winning actress will return to Duluth later this year for a screening of the movie she filmed here more than 40 years ago.
The festival is planning a Sunday, June 1, screening of “You’ll Like My Mother” at Glensheen mansion, where much of that movie’s filming took place.
One of Duke’s sons, actor Mackenzie Astin, visited Duluth during last year’s film festival for a screening and reunion of his 1994 movie “Iron Will,” which also was filmed in Duluth. That paved the way for Duke’s planned visit.
“He had such a great time and enjoyed Duluth and everything that went with it, that he said, ‘Maybe my mom could come here.’ And we said, ‘That’d be great.’ ” Hansen recounted Sunday.
Astin will be back, too — as a film festival juror, Hansen said. More details on this year’s festival will be posted on its website, www.ds-ff.com.
Duke, 67, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1962 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.” She then starred in television’s “The Patty Duke Show” for three seasons.
In early 1972, she spent more than a month in Duluth to film “You’ll Like My Mother,” a thriller in which Duke plays a pregnant widow who travels to visit her late husband’s mother at an isolated mansion in northern Minnesota. Glensheen served as the mansion set for the movie.
In the film, Duke’s character receives a cold welcome, encounters troubled individuals on the estate, gets locked in a bedroom and is stranded in the mansion amid a snowstorm.
The movie had a premiere in Duluth in November 1972. It was screened at Glensheen in August 2012.