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Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes was an American actress whose career spanned almost 70 years. She eventually garnered the nickname "First Lady of the American Theatre" and was one of twelve people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. Hayes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, from President Ronald Reagan in 1986. In 1988 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. She is the namesake of the annual Helen Hayes Awards, which have recognized excellence in professional theatre in the greater Washington, D.C. area since 1984. Perhaps the ultimate respect to be paid to any actor by a producer - of having a theater christened in their name - became a reality for Ms. Hayes in 1955 when the former Fulton Theatre on 46th Street in New York City's Broadway theater district was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre. When that venue was torn down in 1982 (along with five other neighboring theaters), the operators of the Little Theatre, another standing theater two blocks away on 44th Street, renamed that house in her name, which it has retained ever since. Description above from the Wikipedia article Helen Hayes, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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Oct 10, 1900 In Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Dancing Town 1928-10-26
Latest Project:
Series MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992-03-22
Known For
Poster of Airport
Poster of Hawaii Five-O
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Poster of Third Man on the Mountain
Series MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992-03-22
Movie The Ten-Year Lunch Herself - Participant 1987-09-28
Movie Murder with Mirrors Miss Jane Marple 1985-02-20
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Movie A Caribbean Mystery Miss Jane Marple 1983-10-22
Movie Murder Is Easy Lavinia Fullerton 1982-01-02
Movie Hopper's Silence Herself 1981-10-05
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie A Family Upside Down Emma Long 1978-04-08
Series The Love Boat Agatha Winslow 1977-09-24
Movie Candleshoe Lady St. Edmund 1977-12-16
Series Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers Dr. McCartney 1976-12-04
Movie Victory at Entebbe Etta Grossman-Wise 1976-12-13
Movie One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing Hettie 1975-07-09
Movie Herbie Rides Again Mrs. Steinmetz 1974-02-14
Series The Snoop Sisters Ernesta Snoop 1973-12-19
Movie Harvey Veta Louise Simmons 1972-03-20
Series Circle of Fear Unknown 1972-09-15
Movie Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate Sophie Tate Curtis 1971-11-09
Movie Airport Ada Quonsett 1970-03-05
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Abby Brewster 1969-04-02
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie The Bat Cornelia Van Gorder 1960-03-29
Series Play of the Week Mother Hildebrand 1959-10-12
Movie Third Man on the Mountain Hotel guest 1959-11-10
Series Tony Awards Herself - Presenter 1956-04-01
Movie Anastasia Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna 1956-12-13
Movie A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 Herself 1955-03-28
Movie Main Street to Broadway Herself 1953-10-12
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Pride and Prejudice Lady Catherine de Bourgh 1952-01-01
Series Omnibus Unknown 1952-11-09
Movie My Son John Lucille Jefferson 1952-04-08
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Stage Door Canteen Herself 1943-06-24
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (archive footage) 1940-07-31
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town 1938-07-07
Movie Vanessa: Her Love Story Vanessa Paris 1935-03-01
Movie What Every Woman Knows Maggie Wylie 1934-10-18
Movie Crime without Passion Extra in Hotel Lobby 1934-08-30
Movie The White Sister Angela Chiaromonte 1933-03-17
Movie Night Flight Madame Fabian 1933-10-06
Movie Another Language Stella Hallam 1933-07-28
Movie A Farewell to Arms Catherine Barkley 1932-12-08
Movie The Son-Daughter Lian Wha 1932-12-23
Movie The Sin of Madelon Claudet Madelon Claudet 1931-10-23
Movie Arrowsmith Leora Arrowsmith 1931-12-07
Movie The Dancing Town Olive Pepperall 1928-10-26