Some people became celebrities by association. They only become popular because they are married to already established stars or children of celebrities. For Michael Tell, his celebrity status came via marriage to Patty Duke.
Even though the marriage is regarded as one of the shortest marriages ever, Michael Tell had something to gain. When we say the shortest marriage ever, we mean they were married for only thirteen days.
If you have any marriage that beats this in terms of duration, we wouldn’t mind that you recommend it to us. It is almost unbelievable. But, some circumstances warranted the short-lived marriage, which we will and that is what we are going to try to reveal to you in this article. You’d want to read on.
Quick Facts About Michael Tell
Michael Tell is an American rock promoter with years of experience in the music industry. Before his fame, he was merely just a rock promoter with little or no recognition. Maybe he was recognised among rock genre enthusiasts, but he wasn’t a name that strikes you.
The question you are probably asking now is, what happened that led to their short-lived marriage? So many fans are still curious to date.
Patty Duke, on her own, was an established movie star with several awards and nominations to her credit. She was the star of the 1970s and was a constant face in movies that were leading in the box office.
This marriage between Michael Tell and Patty Duke happened in the 1970s, so we are looking at some decades ago. Both moved on. But, who moved on to who? And did they have a child together? These are the questions we will be answering in this article.
Who is Michael Tell?
Like we said in the introduction, he was almost mysterious till he met Patty Duke. His relationship with Duke was all that he needed to be in the limelight. Details about his whereabouts before then are unknown. We do not know how he and Patty Duke met, but we know it was love at first sight.
Even though the love didn’t last, which we can arguably say happened to most infatuations, it still beats the imagination that they tied the knot and ended the whole marriage in thirteen days! At this point, permit us to say; wild!
Michael Tell’s age, birthday, birthplace are under the media radar, and even after his marriage with Patty Duke ended, he went back to being under the media’s eyes. Reports say Duke’s marriage to Tell was her in a manic state. It wasn’t that she was into this guy, she had mental health issues and just decided to get on with the marriage.
In fact, Michael was only subletting in her apartment, and we think they had been seeing each other. This explains the short timeframe of the marriage. According to People, Patty found out she had been pregnant and so wanted to marry so her son can have a father.
Who is Patty Duke?
Patty Duke was an American actress who was also a relentless advocate of mental health. She wasn’t just your ordinary actress, she stood out. Her two Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, Academy Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and several nominations are a testament to her talent.
Some of the movies she starred in include: The Miracle Worker (1962), Valley of the Dolls (1967), The Power and the Glory (1961) and so many more.
Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946, in New York City, U.S.
8 Things You Need to Know About Patty Duke and Michael Tell’s Son
#1. Patty Married Four Times Before Her Death.
Her first husband is Harry Talk who she married in 1965. The marriage didn’t work out and they divorced in 1969. Then, she married Michael Tell in a maniacal state after discovering she was pregnant. Thirteen days was the time frame of the marriage.
It was a situation that became the talk of the town at the time. Duke later found love with John Astin. They married in 1972 but after thirteen years the couple couldn’t find a common ground and they divorced in 1985. Her fourth husband would be Michael Pearce who she married in 1986. They remained married till her demise.
#2. Patty Duke was Active in The Movie Industry for Six Decades.
She was active in the movie industry from 1950 till her demise on March 29, 2016. She died after a rupture of her intestines.
#3. Patty Duke Won $32,000 At Age 12.
In 1959, Duke made an appearance on The $64,000 Question, a show where questions are asked for people to win money. She won $32,000 on the show. This also gave her some kind of exposure. However, an unexpected thing happened when in 1962, she confessed that the game show was rigged.
#4. Patty Duke’s Father Was an Alcoholic.
Patty was the youngest of three children of her parents. Raised in Elmhurst, their childhood was not a palatable experience. Her father was a chronic alcoholic while her mother suffered from clinical depression and usually had moments of violence.
With her parents not mentally stable, she was thrust into the care of talent managers, John and Ethel Ross.
#5. Her Talent Managers Made Sexual Advances to Her
John and Ethel Ross were terrible to Duke. They initiated her to drugs and alcohol. They exploited her and made sexual advances to her. Thetalent managers also were responsible for the change of her name from Anna Marie to Patty.
#6. Patty Duke Had a Successful Singing Career
Duke had two Top 49 hits in 1965 for her songs, “Don’t Just Stand There” and “Say Something Funny”.
#7. Who is Sean Astin?
Sean Patrick Astin is an American actor, film producer best known for his character of Samwise Gamgee in the widely acclaimed The Lord of The Rings Franchise. Astin was born in California on February 25, 1971. He became an actor at a very young age.
He has starred in several movies including: Like Father Like Son, The War of the Roses, Harrison Bergeron, Courage Under Fire, Bulworth, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
#8. Sean Astin is the Biological Son of Michael Tell.
After first declaring that John Astin was the father of her son, Sean, she retracted the statement and claimed Desi Arnaz Jr. was the father when Sean was 14 years. However, when Sean Astin was 26, he became hellbent to find out who his biological father was. After a DNA test, he found out Michael Tell was his father.
Michael Tell is still alive though very much under the radar. As for Patty Duke, she has left a legacy and it is there for all to see.