Patty Duke and Michael Tell

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Patty Duke and Michael Tell

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(26 June 1970 - 9 July 1970) (annulled) (1 child)
In early 1970, at the age of 23, Duke had an affair with 17-year old Desi Arnaz, Jr.. The couple's relationship became tabloid fodder, due in part to the vocal and public opposition of Arnaz's mother, Lucille Ball. By late spring, Duke and Arnaz had broken off their relationship, and she began dating actor John Astin, who was 16 years her senior. Around the same time, Duke developed an intimate relationship with rock promoter Michael Tell. In June 1970, in the midst of a manic phase, Duke learned she was pregnant. Unsure whether Arnaz or Tell was the father of her unborn child, Duke married Michael Tell on June 26, 1970 in order to "give (her child) a name". Their marriage lasted 13 days before ending in an annulment on July 9, 1970; Duke claimed the marriage was never consummated. Her son, actor Sean Astin, was born on February 25, 1971.
Commenced Dating
June 1970
26 June 1970
9 July 1970
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Date of Birth

Sean Patrick  Male

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Patty Duke was married to Michael Tell. They started dating in June, 1970. They were married on 26th June, 1970. After 13 days of marriage they divorced on 9th July, 1970. They had 1 child, Sean Patrick, their son, is 44 years old.

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