Oscar winner Patty Duke owes her life to sons SEAN and MACKENZIE - because they stopped her from committing suicide when they were young children.
The Miracle Worker star was battling manic depression and a bipolar disorder when her sons were four and six when she opted to end her life in the bathroom of the family home.
Duke tells America's Globe publication, "I remember them banging on the bathroom door begging me not to kill myself."
And now her desperate days seem to be behind her, the 61-year-old actress is relieved Lord of The Rings star Sean Astin and his brother have forgiven their mum for their troubled youths.
She adds, "After I got help, my kids were generous enough to make amends with me. Luckily they forgive me, but I did really bad things. I would turn on them and scream at them and there was some physical abuse as well."