It is, she says, a typical scene. Patty Duke will be walking in a mall, near a store with TVs playing, and it's time for reruns of "The Patty Duke Show."

A child will come up, look at her, run back to the television and check out its black-and-white image, and then come back to Duke. "There is something awfully nice to be said about a whole new generation knowing that you exist," said Duke. "It's nice."

But there was a time, she recalled, when she "hated 'The Patty Duke Show.' I hated everything about it, except the people on the set." She was newly married and did not want to play a teeny bopper.

"I didn't know what teenage people really did. Plus all this other serious bad stuff that was going on in the home setting -- including the molestations, the drinking and the pills."

No wonder Duke, whose name originally was Anna Marie Duke, sounds a dual identity theme. There's more than enough stuff in her life for two people. And in her autobiography, "Call Me Anna," she basically sorts out the person she is from the person she was made in to, by the people she met and by her own body chemistry. The 1987 book, done in collaboration with former Washington Post staffer Ken Turan, has now been shaped into an ABC movie (Sunday at 9) starring Duke as herself, along with two other actresses playing her at different ages.

Duke's life is remarkably full -- of strength and weakness, of good luck and bad, of success and failure.

Born the youngest child of an alcoholic father and a depressive mother, she was put at age 7 into the hands of John and Ethel Ross, a pair of child-talent managers. Howard Hesseman and Deborah May play them in the movie.

The Rosses, now dead, took control of Anna's life. Her name change was probably the most innocent of the changes brought to bear on the young talent. Duke's book tells of the Ross's tutoring her in some of the devious tactics of show business and tell of their forcing drink and drugs on her, and relates sexual overtures.

Duke, who wrote and speaks freely of her problems, said her book was intended to educate people about mental illness -- she was diagnosed in 1982 as a manic-depressive -- and is more about forgiveness of the people who've done her wrong than vengeance.

"I guess someone objective, if they choose a villain, will choose the Rosses," said Duke. "It is my opinion that the things that they did that were wrong were borne more of distortion and alcoholism and pill addiction and fear than they were borne of two people who {set out} maliciously to see how they could devastate this little girl's life."

Like so many elements in Duke's life, the Rosses had a flip side. They helped launch Duke on a remarkable show business career. She was the youngest person ever to receive an Oscar, for her role as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," and the youngest to have a prime time TV series in her own name.

But along with three Emmy awards, there were three husbands, temper tantrums, attempted suicide, liaisons with a number of show business personalities, including an affair with Desi Arnaz Jr. that brought down the wrath of his mother, Lucille Ball. There was a wedding to a virtual stranger, and an out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

In short, Duke's life has been wonderful. And it's been a mess.

Karl Malden appears as Harold Arlen, a psychiatrist who diagnosed her manic-depression. Ari Meyers plays Duke as a young teenager, and Jenny Robertson plays her as an older teen. Arthur Taxier plays husband John Astin, Matthew Perry is Arnaz Jr., and Millie Perkins plays Duke's mother.

Playing herself through part of this film -- she has a co-producer credit as well -- brought some laughs and tears to Duke. Laughs, as when she saw herself, again, marrying a man she hardly know, for 13 days.

Tears, in having her brother Ray portray her father, John. "I got to say good-bye," said Duke, "which I didn't before."