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Helen Hayes ACTOR

Helen Hayes was born on October 10th, 1900 in Washington in the District of Columbia with the birth name Helen Hayes Brown.  She was born to parents, Francis van Arnum Brown and Catherine Estelle Hayes, an aspiring actress.  Her career began as a child actress with her stage debut at the age of five singing at the Washington Belasco Theatre.  She starred in her first short film at the age of ten in, "Jean and the Calico Doll".
Her career spanned over eighty years earning her the title, "The First Lady of the American Theater".  By the age of twenty she had made quite a name for herself as a stage actress and even began appearing in a number of silent films.  In 1931 she signed a contract with MGM and starred in such features as, "Arrowsmith" (1931), "A Farewell to Arms" (1932) and "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" (1931), for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress.
Along with working as a film actress she returned to her love of stage performing and appeared in a production of, "Victoria Regina" which ran for three years.  In the mid 50's, Hayes returned back to Hollywood appearing on such films as, "My Son John" (1952), "Anastasia" (1956) and a number of Disney films such as, "Herbie Rides Again" (1974), "One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing" (1975) and "Candleshoe" (1977).
In 1971, Hayes retired from stage acting but continued to appear in a number of films as well as television series.  Her final role was he television movie, "Murder With Mirrors" (1985).
Throughout her career in the industry she received a Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the film, "Airport" (1970) and won three Tony Awards, two Best Actress Dramatic Awards and was also nominated as Best Actress Dramatic in 1970 for her role in, "Harvey".  Hayes was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Radio and Motion Pictures.  She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
In addition to working as an actress, Hayes founded the national Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas which protects and preserves native plants and landscapes in North America.  She spent the remaining years of her life writing and raising money for organizations that help fight asthma as she too suffered from the disease.       
Helen married only once to Charles MacArthur in 1928 and they had two children and remained married until he passed away on April 21st, 1956.  Her son, James MacArthur was adopted and went on to pursue a career in the industry and became most well known for his starring role on Hawaii Five-O and her daughter, Mary who was also an aspiring actress, sadly, passed away at the age of nineteen from Polio.  She did not re-marry again and she continued working in the industry until she passed away on March 17th, 1993 in Nyack, New York after suffering from congestive heart failure.  Her remains are interred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack, New York.   


1985   Glitter

1985   Murder with Mirrors 

1984   Highway to Heaven

1983   A Caribbean Mystery 

1982   Love, Sidney 

1982   Murder Is Easy

1980   The Love Boat

1978   A Family Upside Down 

1977   Candleshoe 

1976   Victory at Entebbe

1976   Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers

1975   Hawaii Five-O

1975   One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing 

1972-1974  The Snoop Sisters

1974   Herbie Rides Again 

1972   Circle of Fear 

1972   Harvey 

1972   Here's Lucy 

1971   Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate 

1970   NET Playhouse 

1970   Airport

1970   The Front Page 

1969   Arsenic and Old Lace

1967   Tarzan 

1963   The Christophers

1960   The Bell Telephone Hour

1959-1960  Play of the Week

1960   Cradle Song 

1960   Dow Hour of Great Mysteries

1954-1959  The United States Steel Hour 

1959   Third Man on the Mountain 

1959   Ah, Wilderness!

1952-1958  Omnibus

1957   The Alcoa Hour

1957   Playhouse 90

1956   Anastasia

1955   Producers' Showcase

1954-1955  The Best of Broadway

1954   The Motorola Television Hour 

1953   Medallion Theatre

1952   My Son John

1951   Schlitz Playhouse 

1950-1951  Pulitzer Prize Playhouse

1951   Robert Montgomery Presents 

1950   The Prudential Family Playhouse 

1935   Vanessa: Her Love Story 

1934   What Every Woman Knows

1934   Crime Without Passion

1933   Night Flight 

1933   Another Language 

1933   The White Sister 

1932   The Son-Daughter 

1932   A Farewell to Arms 

1931   Arrowsmith 

1931   The Sin of Madelon Claudet

1928   The Dancing Town

1917   The Weavers of Life

1910   Jean and the Calico Doll

Matinee Classics - Anastasia starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Gregoire Gromoff, Karel Stepanek, Ina De La Haye and Katherine Kath
Matinee Classics - Anastasia starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Gregoire Gromoff, Karel Stepanek, Ina De La Haye and Katherine Kath
Matinee Classics - My Son John starring Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Dean Jagger, Robert Walker, Minor Watson, Frank McHugh, Richard Jaeckel, James Young, Todd Karns, Fred Sweeney, Douglas Evans and Jimmie Dundee
Matinee Classics - Stage Door Canteen starring William Terry, Cheryl Walker, Count Basie, Ralph Bellamy, Ray Bolger, Helen Hayes, Katherine Hepburn, George Jessel, Gypsy Rose Lee, Harpo Marx, Ethel Merman, Ralph Morgan, Merle Oberon, George Raft, Johnny Weissmuller and Ed Wynn

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