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Helen Hayes (I) (1900–1993)

Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman. Her maternal grandparents ... See full bio »


(age 92) in Nyack, New York, USA

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Airport Ada Quonsett
Anastasia Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna
A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms Catherine Barkley


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 1985 Glitter (TV Series)
- The Tribute (1985) ... Betsy
 1985 Murder with Mirrors (TV Movie)
Miss Jane Marple
 1984 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Estelle Wicks
- Highway to Heaven: Part 2 (1984) ... Estelle Wicks
- Highway to Heaven: Part 1 (1984) ... Estelle Wicks
 1983 A Caribbean Mystery (TV Movie)
Miss Jane Marple
 1982 Love, Sidney (TV Series)
Mrs. Clovis
- Pro and Cons (1982) ... Mrs. Clovis
 1982 Murder Is Easy (TV Movie)
Lavinia Fullerton
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Agatha Winslow
 1978 A Family Upside Down (TV Movie)
Emma Long
 1977 Candleshoe
Lady St. Edmund
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. McCartney
- Part IV (1976) ... Dr. McCartney (credit only)
- Part III (1976) ... Dr. McCartney
- Part II (1976) ... Dr. McCartney (credit only)
- Part I (1976) ... Dr. McCartney
 1976 Victory at Entebbe (TV Movie)
Etta Grossman-Wise
 1975 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Aunt Clara
- Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever (1975) ... Aunt Clara
 1972-1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Ernesta Snoop
- A Black Day for Bluebeard (1974) ... Ernesta Snoop
- The Devil Made Me Do It! (1974) ... Ernesta Snoop
- Fear Is a Free-Throw (1974) ... Ernesta Snoop
- Corpse and Robbers (1973) ... Ernesta Snoop
- The Female Instinct (1972) ... Ernesta Snoop
 1974 Herbie Rides Again
Mrs. Steinmetz
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Miss Gilden
- Alter-Ego (1972) ... Miss Gilden (as Miss Helen Hayes)
 1972 Harvey (TV Movie)
Veta Louise Simmons
 1972 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Mrs. Kathleen Brady
- Lucy and the Little Old Lady (1972) ... Mrs. Kathleen Brady
 1971 Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (TV Movie)
Sophie Tate Curtis
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Multiple Roles
- Helen Hayes Remembers (1970) ... Multiple Roles
 1970 Airport
Ada Quonsett
 1970 The Front Page (TV Movie)
 1969 Arsenic and Old Lace (TV Movie)
Abby Brewster
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilson
- The Pride of the Lioness (1967) ... Mrs. Wilson
 1963 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1960 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series)
Baroness Nadedja von Meck
- The Music of Romance (1960) ... Baroness Nadedja von Meck
 1959-1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mother Hildebrand / Madame Ranevskaya
- The Velvet Glove (1960) ... Mother Hildebrand
- The Cherry Orchard (1959) ... Madame Ranevskaya
 1960 Cradle Song (TV Movie)
The Vicaress
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Cornelia Van Gorder
- The Bat (1960) ... Cornelia Van Gorder
 1954-1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mother Seraphim / Mrs. Austin
- One Red Rose for Christmas (1959) ... Mother Seraphim
- One Red Rose for Christmas (1958) ... Mother Seraphim
- Welcome Home (1954) ... Mrs. Austin
 1959 Third Man on the Mountain
Tourist (uncredited)
 1959 Ah, Wilderness! (TV Movie)
 1952-1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
Mrs. Howard V. Larue III / Bessie Arlington / Mom (segment "Mom and Leo" / ...
- Mrs. McThing (1958) ... Mrs. Howard V. Larue III
- The Christmas Tie (1956) ... Bessie Arlington
- Dear Brutus (1956)
- Mom and Leo (1953) ... Mom (segment "Mom and Leo" / (segment "Irish Linen") / Herself - Reader (segment "Mary's Baby")
- The Happy Journey (1953) ... Mrs. Kirby (segment "The Happy Journey")
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Gilling
- Mrs. Gilling and the Skyscraper (1957) ... Mrs. Gilling
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sister Theresa
- Four Women in Black (1957) ... Sister Theresa
 1956 Anastasia
Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Margaret Antrobus
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1955) ... Margaret Antrobus
 1954-1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Abby Brewster / Fanny Cavendish
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1955) ... Abby Brewster
- The Royal Family (1954) ... Fanny Cavendish
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Frances Parry
- Side by Side (1954) ... Frances Parry
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Battle Hymn (1953) ... Harriet Beecher Stowe
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Helen Hayes
 1952 My Son John
Lucille Jefferson
 1951 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Dark Fleece (1951)
- The Lucky Touch (1951)
- Not a Chance (1951)
 1950-1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots / Gwenny Bean
- Mary of Scotland (1951) ... Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
- The Late Christopher Bean (1950) ... Gwenny Bean
 1951 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Queen Victoria
- Victoria Regina (1951) ... Queen Victoria
 1950 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1950) ... Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Helen Hayes
 1935 Vanessa, Her Love Story
Vanessa Paris
 1934 What Every Woman Knows
Maggie Wylie
 1934 Crime Without Passion
Extra in hotel lobby (uncredited)
 1933 Night Flight
Simone Fabian
 1933 Another Language
Stella 'Stell' Hallam
 1933 The White Sister
Angela Chiaromonte
 1932 The Son-Daughter
Lien Wha
 1932 A Farewell to Arms
Catherine Barkley
 1931 Arrowsmith
Leora Tozer Arrowsmith
 1928 The Dancing Town (Short)
Olive Pepperall
 1917 The Weavers of Life
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Mary of Scotland. Historical drama. Written by Maxwell Anderson. Scenic/Costume Design by Robert Edmond Jones. Directed by Theresa Helburn. Alvin Theatre: 27 Nov 1933- Jul 1934 (closing date unknown/248 performances). Cast: Helen Hayes (as "Mary Stuart"), Helen Menken (as "Elizabeth Tudor"), Philip Merivale (as "James Hepburn, ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 9 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 6 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Miss Helen Hayes


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I must refrain from talking too much about retirement. It's beginning to sound absurd. See more »


Was the 5th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) at The 5th Academy Awards on November 18, 1932. See more »


First Lady of the American Theater

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