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Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900 - March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose succesful and award-winning career spanned almost 70 years. She was eventually to garner the nickname First Lady of the American Theater.

Born Helen Hayes Brown in Washington, DC, she began a stage career at an early age. By 10, she had made a short film called Jean and the Calico Doll, but she only moved to Hollywood when her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur, signed a Hollywood deal. Her sound film debut was The Sin of Madelon Claudet, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She followed that with starring roles in Arrowsmith, A Farewell to Arms, The White Sister, What Every Woman Knows and Vanessa: Her Love Story. But she never became a fan favorite.

Hayes and MacArthur eventually returned to Broadway, and she starred for three years in Virginia Regina. Eventually, a theater was named in her honor. She returned to Hollywood in the 1950s, and her film star began to rise. She starred in My Son John and Anastasia, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1970 for Airport. She followed that up with several roles in Disney films such as Herbie Rides Again, One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing and Candleshoe.

Hayes wrote three memoirs: A Gift of Joy, On Reflection and My Life in Three Acts.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6220 Hollywood Blvd.

Helen Hayes died on March 17, 1993 and was interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Helen Hayes Facts

Birth NameHelen Hayes Brown
BirthdayOctober 10, 1900
BirthplaceWashington DC, District of Columbia, USA
Date of deathMarch 17, 1993 (age 92)
Awards1971 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for Airport)
1932 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for The Sin of Madelon Claudet)

Selected Filmography

Monsters University
Hustle & Flow
Into that Good Night
Agatha Christie Classic Mystery Collection
Highway To Heaven Pilot Pt. 1
A Farewell To Arms
Airport: The Complete Collection
Herbie Rides Again
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