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Helen Menken (1901–1966)

Helen Menken was born in New York to deaf parents. Her original name was Meinken, her New York-born father Frederick being of French/German extraction. Her mother, Mary Madden, was Irish-born. She married Humphrey Bogart at the Gramercy Park Hotel on May 20, 1926, four years after taking out a marriage license in New York City. It was the first ... See full bio »

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Stage Door Canteen Helen Minken
The 16th Annual Tony Awards Herself - Presenter
The 17th Annual Tony Awards Herself - Presenter
The 14th Annual Tony Awards Herself - Presenter


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 1943 Stage Door Canteen
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 1963 The 17th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
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 1962 The 16th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
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 1960 The 14th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
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Stage Play: The Beaux Stratagem. Comedy (revival). Written by George Farquhar. Prologue by Edgar Lee Masters. Directed by Howard Lindsay. Hampden's Theatre: 4 Jun 1928- Jun 1928 (closing date unknown/8 performances). Cast: Robert I. Aitken (as "A Soldier"), Fay Bainter (as "Mrs. Sullen"), David Belasco (as "Epilogue"), Thomas Chalmers (as ... See more »

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[on a performance of The Merchant of Venice for the hearing impaired, produced by her and her father] Instead of using the spoken language, as all the rest of the world is accustomed to do, we shall use sign language only. Do not confuse this with pantomime, for, I assure you, it is quite different and vastly more difficult than that. The story will be told by the use of the standard symbols and ... See more »


In 1966, awarded a Special Tony Award posthumously "for a lifetime of devotion and dedicated service to the Broadway theatre."

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