"She was able to build a new identity for herself, one that was not built on show business or her stardom," Astin says.
The Oscar and Emmy winner became active in community theater, once even saving a local high school production. Astin remembers, "There was a time where the high school lead dropped out of the play and Mom caught wind of it because her neighbor's kid was directing the play. She went over, put on a wig and was the co-lead."
Summing up the impact Duke's work in Idaho had on her well-being, Astin says, "There is no moment on the silver screen that is more important than the time she spent on the community theater stage in Coeur d'Alene."