Promotional photo, 1940
Helen Hayes Brown
October 10, 1900
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||March 17, 1993 (aged 92)|
Nyack, New York, U.S.
(m. 1928; died 1956)
|Children||2, including James MacArthur|
Helen Hayes MacArthur (née Brown; October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned 80 years. She eventually received the nickname "First Lady of American Theatre" and was one of 15 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award (an EGOT). 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.
The annual Helen Hayes Awards, which have recognized excellence in professional theatre in greater Washington, DC, since 1984, are her namesake. In 1955, 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, the nearby Little Theatre was renamed in her honor. Helen Hayes is regarded as one of the greatest leading ladies of the 20th-century theatre.
Helen Hayes Brown was born in Washington, D.C., on October 10, 1900. Her mother, Catherine Estelle (née Hayes), or Essie, was an aspiring actress who worked in touring companies. Her father, Francis van Arnum Brown, worked at a number of jobs, including as a clerk at the Washington Patent Office and as a manager and salesman for a wholesale butcher. Hayes's Catholic maternal grandparents emigrated from Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine.
Hayes began a stage career at an early age. She said her stage debut was as a five-year-old singer at Washington's Belasco Theatre, on Lafayette Square, across from the White House. By age ten, she had made a short film, Jean and the Calico Doll (1910), but moved to Hollywood only when her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur, signed a Hollywood deal. Hayes attended Dominican Academy's prestigious primary school, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, from 1910 to 1912, appearing there in The Old Dutch, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and other performances. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart Convent in Washington and graduated in 1917.
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 (with Ronald Colman), A Farewell to Arms (with Gary Cooper), The White Sister (opposite Clark Gable), Another Language (opposite Robert Montgomery), What Every Woman Knows (a reprise of her Broadway hit), and Vanessa: Her Love Story also with Robert Montgomery. But Hayes did not prefer film to the stage.
Hayes eventually returned to Broadway in 1935, where for three years she played the title role in Gilbert Miller's production of Victoria Regina, with Vincent Price as Prince Albert, first at the Broadhurst Theatre and later at the Martin Beck Theatre.
In 1953, she was the first-ever recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre, repeating as the winner in 1969. She returned to Hollywood in the 1950s, and her film star began to rise. She starred in My Son John (1952) and Anastasia (1956), and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as an elderly stowaway in the disaster film Airport (1970). She followed that up with several roles in Disney films such as Herbie Rides Again, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing and Candleshoe. Her performance in Anastasia was considered a comeback—she had suspended her career for several years due to her daughter Mary's death and her husband's failing health.
In 1955, the Fulton Theatre was renamed for her. In the 1980s, business interests wished to raze that theatre and four others to construct a large hotel that included the Marquis Theatre. Hayes's consent to raze the theatre named for her was sought and given, though she had no ownership interest in the building. Parts of the original Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway were used to construct the Shakespeare Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which Hayes dedicated with Joseph Papp in 1982. In 1983 the Little Theater on West 45th Street was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre in her honor, as was a theatre in Nyack, which has since been renamed the Riverspace-Arts Center. In early 2014, the site was refurbished and styled by interior designer Dawn Hershko and reopened as the Playhouse Market, a quaint restaurant and gourmet deli. Hayes, who spoke with her good friend Anita Loos almost daily on the phone, told her, "I used to think New York was the most enthralling place in the world. I'll bet it still is and if I were free next summer, I would prove it." With that, she convinced Loos to embark on an exploration of all five boroughs of New York. They visited and explored the city; Bellevue Hospital at night, a tugboat hauling garbage out to sea, parties, libraries, and Puerto Rican markets. They spoke to everyday people to see how they lived their lives and what made the city tick. The result of this collaborative effort was the book "Twice Over Lightly", published in 1972.
It is unclear when or by whom Hayes was called the "First Lady of the Theatre". Her friend, actress Katharine Cornell, also held that title, and each thought the other deserved it. One critic said Cornell played every queen as though she were a woman, whereas Hayes played every woman as though she were a queen.
In 1982, with friend Lady Bird Johnson, she founded the National Wildflower Research Center, now the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The center protects and preserves North America's native plants and natural landscapes.
The Helen Hayes Award for theater in the Washington, DC, area is named in her honor. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6220 Hollywood Blvd. Hayes is also in the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
Hayes was a Catholic and a pro-business Republican who attended many Republican National Conventions (including the one held in New Orleans in 1988), but she was not as politically vocal as some others (e.g., Adolphe Menjou, Ginger Rogers, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan etc.) in the Hollywood community of that time.
Hayes wrote three memoirs: A Gift of Joy, On Reflection, and My Life in Three Acts. Some of these books' themes include her return to Roman Catholicism (she had been denied communion from the Church for the duration of her marriage to Charles MacArthur, who was a divorced Protestant); and the death of her only daughter, Mary (1930–1949), an aspiring actress, of polio at the age of 19. Hayes's adopted son, James MacArthur (1937–2010), went on to a career in acting, starring in Hawaii Five-O on television. Hayes guest-starred on Hawaii Five-0 in the 1975 episode Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever and later, in 1980, both appeared in the episode No Girls for Doc/Marriage of Convenience/The Caller/The Witness of The Love Boat.
Her last Broadway show was a 1970 revival of Harvey, in which she co-starred with James Stewart. Clive Barnes wrote, "She epitomizes flustered charm almost as if it were a style of acting ... She is one of those actors ... where to watch how she is doing something is almost as pleasurable as what she is doing." She spent most of her last years writing and raising money for organizations that fight asthma.
Hayes was a generous donor of time and money to a number of causes and organizations, including the Riverside Shakespeare Company of New York City. Along with Mildred Natwick, she became a founding member of the company's Board of Advisors in 1981. She was also on the board of directors for the Greater New York Council of the Girl Scouts of the USA during the early 1970s.
In 1982, Hayes dedicated Riverside's The Shakespeare Center with New York theatre producer, Joseph Papp, and in 1985 she returned to the New York stage in a benefit for the company with a reading of A Christmas Carol with Raul Julia, Len Cariou, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Carole Shelley, Celeste Holm and Harold Scott, directed by W. Stuart McDowell. The next year Hayes performed a second benefit for the Riverside Shakespeare Company, this time at the Marquis Theatre, the construction of which had been made possible by the demolition of the Helen Hayes Theatre three years before. The production featured Rex Smith, Ossie Davis and F. Murray Abraham, and was produced by McDowell and directed by Robert Small, with Hayes narrating.
Helen Hayes Hospital
According to her daughter-in-law, HB MacArthur, Hayes took the most pride in her philanthropic work with Helen Hayes Hospital, a physical rehabilitation hospital located in West Haverstraw, NY. She was extremely proud of the strides the hospital made toward the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, saying, "I’ve seen my name in lights on theater marquees and in letters 20 feet tall on Broadway billboards, but nothing has ever given me greater sense of pride and satisfaction than my 49-year association with this unique hospital."
Hayes became involved with the hospital in the 1940s, and was named to the Board of Visitors in 1944. In 1974, the hospital was renamed in her honor. She served on the Helen Hayes Hospital Board of Visitors for 49 years, until her death in 1993. In that time, she advocated tirelessly for the hospital and successfully led a fight to prevent its relocation to Albany in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she was instrumental in lobbying for funding to transform the hospital into a state-of-the-art facility.
Hayes also contributed her enthusiastic support to hospital events and fundraising efforts, including handing out diplomas to the children upon graduation when the hospital was still a pediatric care facility. She also faithfully attended the hospital's annual Classic Race, leading it in a classic car, handing out awards to runners, hand cyclists, and wheelchair racers, and offering the use of her home, Pretty Penny, for a dinner to launch the hospital's endowment fund.
Hayes died on March 17, 1993, of congestive heart failure in Nyack, New York. Hayes's friend Lillian Gish, the "First Lady of American Cinema", was the designated beneficiary of her estate, but Gish had passed away less than a month earlier. Hayes was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack. In 2011, she was honored with a US postage stamp.
Diminutive and homespun, Helen Hayes was distinctly less glamorous than the other Great Ladies, but the qualities of modesty and practicality that she projected helped create her lasting appeal. Hayes was a stage star for five decades before retiring, when she continued to act occasionally on film, television, and radio.
Stage and Awards
|1905||Miss Hawke's May Ball||Irish Dancer|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Peaseblossom||Revival|
|1908||Babe in the Woods||Boy babe|
|1909||Jack the Giant Killer||Gibson Girl, Nell Brinkley, Girl impersonators|
|A Royal Family||Prince Charles Ferdinand||Revival|
|Children's Dancing Kermess||Impersonation of "The Nell Brinkley Girl"|
|The Prince Chap||Claudia, Age 5|
|A Poor Relation||Patch|
|1910||Old Dutch||Little Mime|
|The Summer Widowers||Pacyche Finnegan, Pinkie's playmate|
|1911||The Barrier||Molly, an Alaskan Child|
|Little Lord Fauntleroy||Cedric Errol||Revival|
|The Never Homes||Fannie Hicks, Another Near Orphan|
|The Seven Sisters||Klara, the Youngest Daughter||Revival|
|Mary Jane's Pa||Revival|
|1912||The June Bride||The Holder's Child|
|1913||Flood Victim's Benefit|
|The Girl with Green Eyes||Susie, the Flower Girl|
|His House in Order||Derek Jesson, his son||Revival|
|A Royal Family||Prince Charles Ferdinand||Revival|
|The Prince Chap||Revival|
|The Prince and the Pauper||Tom Canty and Edward, Prince of Wales|
|1914||The Prodigal Husband||Young Simone|
|1916||The Dummy||Beryl Meredith, the Kidnapper's Hostage|
|On Trial||His Daughter, Doris Strickland|
|1917||It Pays to Advertise||Marie, Maid at the Martins||Revival|
|Just a Woman||Hired girl||Revival|
|Rich Man, Poor Man||Linda Hurst||Revival|
|Alma, Where Do You Live?||Germain||Revival|
|Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch||Asia||Revival|
|Within the Law||Revival|
|Pollyanna||Pollyanna Whittier, The Glad Girl||Revival|
|Dear Brutus||Margaret, his daughter|
|1919||On the Hiring Line||Dorothy Fessenden, his daughter|
|The Golden Age|
|1921||The Wren||Seeby Olds|
|The Golden Days||Mary Ann|
|1922||To the Ladies||Elsie Beebe|
|No Siree!: An Anonymous Entertainment by the |
Vicious Circus of the Hotel Algonquin
|1923||Loney Lee||Loney Lee|
|1924||We Moderns||Mary Sundale, their Daughter|
|She Stoops to Conquer||Constance Neville||Revival|
|Dancing Mothers||Catherine (Kittens) Westcourt|
|1925||Caesar and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Revival|
|The Last of Mrs. Cheyney||Maria|
|Young Blood||Georgia Bissell|
|1926||What Every Woman Knows||Maggie Wylie||Revival|
|1928||Coquette||Norma Besant||London version|
|1930||Mr. Gilhooley||A girl|
|Petticoat Influence||Peggy Chalfont|
|1931||The Good Fairy||Lu|
|1933||Mary of Scotland||Mary Stuart|
|1935||Caesar and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Revival|
|1934||What Every Woman Knows||Revival|
|1938||The Merchant of Venice||Portia||Revival|
|1939||Ladies and Gentlemen||Miss Terry Scott|
|1941||Candle in the Wind||Madeline Guest|
|1943||Harriet||Harriet Beecher Stowe|
|1944||Harriet||Harriet Beecher Stowe||Revival|
|1947||Alice-Sit-By-The-Fire||Mrs. Alice Grey|
|Happy Birthday||Addie||Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play|
|1948||The Glass Menagerie||Amanda Wingfield||Revival|
|1950||The Wisteria Trees||Lucy Andree Ransdell|
|1952||Mrs. McThing||Mrs. Howard V. Larue III|
|1955||Gentleman, The Queens||Catherine, Lady Macbeth, Mary and Queen Victoria|
|The Skin of Our Teeth||Mrs. Antrobus||Revival|
|1956||Lovers, Villains and Fools||Narrator, Puck, and the Chorus from Henry V|
|The Glass Menagerie||Amanda Wingfield||Revival|
|1958||Time Remembered||The Duchess of Pont-Au-Bronc||Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (revival)|
|1958||A Adventure||Lulu Specer|
|Mid-Summer||Rose, the Maid||Revival|
|A Touch of the Poet||Nora Melody|
|1960||The Cherry Orchard||Lyuboff Ranevskaya||Revival|
|The Chalk Garden||Mrs. Maugham||Revival|
|1962||Shakespeare Revisited: A Program for Two Players|
|1964||Good Morning Miss Dove||Miss Lucerna Dove|
|The White House||Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Edith Wilson, Julia Grant, Leonora Clayton, Mary Todd Lincoln, Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, Mrs. Franklin Pierce, Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston, Mrs. James G. Blaine, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Rachel Jackson|
|1965||Helen Hayes' Tour of the Far East|
|The School for Scandal||Mrs. Candour||Revival|
|Right You Are If You Think You Are||Signora Frola||Revival|
|We Comrades Three||Mother|
|You Can't Take It with You||Olga||Revival|
|1967||The Show-Off||Mrs. Fisher||Tony Award's Vernon Rice-Drama Desk Award (revival)|
|1968||The Show-Off||Mrs. Fisher||return engagement (revival)|
|1969||The Front Page||Mrs. Grant||Revival|
|1970||Harvey||Veta Louise Simmons||Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Revival)|
|1971||Long Day's Journey Into Night||Mary Cavan Tyrone||Revival|
|1980||Tony Award's Lawrence Langner Memorial Award|
Filmography and Awards
|1910||Jean and the Calico Doll and one subsequent Vitagraph film||Juvenile lead||Hayes recalled in a 1931 interview with The New York Times that she had played the juvenile lead in two films starring Jean, the Vitagraph dog.|
|1917||The Weavers of Life||Peggy|
|1928||The Dancing Town||Olive Pepperall||short subject|
|1931||The Sin of Madelon Claudet||Madelon Claudet||Academy Award for Best Actress|
|1932||A Farewell to Arms||Catherine Barkley|
|The Son-Daughter||Lian Wha 'Star Blossom'|
|1933||The White Sister||Angela Chiaromonte|
|Another Language||Stella 'Stell' Hallam|
|Night Flight||Madame Fabian|
|1934||Crime Without Passion||Extra in hotel lobby||Uncredited|
|This Side of Heaven||Actress on screen in theatre||Uncredited|
|What Every Woman Knows||Maggie Wylie|
|1935||Vanessa: Her Love Story||Vanessa Paris|
|1938||Hollywood Goes to Town||Herself, uncredited||short subject|
|1943||Stage Door Canteen||Herself|
|1952||My Son John||Lucille Jefferson|
|1953||Main Street to Broadway||Herself|
|1956||Anastasia||Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama|
|1959||Third Man on the Mountain||Tourist||Uncredited|
|1961||The Challenge of Ideas||Narrator||short subject|
|1970||Airport||Ada Quonsett||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1974||Herbie Rides Again||Mrs. Steinmetz||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1975||One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing||Hettie|
|1977||Candleshoe||Lady St. Edmund|
Television Appearances and Awards
|1950||Showtime, U.S.A.||Episode #1.1|
|Prudential Family Playhouse||The Barretts of Wimpole Street|
|Pulitzer Prize Playhouse||Mary, Queen of Scots||The Late Christopher Bean|
|1951||Pulitzer Prize Playhouse||Mary, Queen of Scots||Mary of Scotland|
|Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||Dark Fleece|
|Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||The Lucky Touch|
|Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||Not a Chance|
|Robert Montgomery Presents||Queen Victoria||Victoria Regina|
|Nominated — Emmy Award for Best Actress (nonspecific role)|
|1952||Omnibus||The Twelve Pound Look|
|Nominated — Emmy Award for Best Actress (nonspecific role)|
|1953||Omnibus||The Happy Journey|
|Omnibus||Mom and Leo|
|Christmas with the Stars|
|Medallion Theatre||Harriet Beecher Stowe||"Battle Hymn"|
|Emmy Award for Best Actress (nonspecific role)|
|1954||The United States Steel Hour||Mrs. Austin||Welcome Home|
|The Best of Broadway||Fanny Cavendish||The Royal Family|
|The Motorola Television Hour||Frances Parry||Side by Side|
|1955||Producers' Showcase||Mrs. Antrobus||The Skin of Our Teeth|
|The Best of Broadway||Abby Brewster||Arsenic and Old Lace|
|Omnibus||The Christmas Tie|
|1957||The Alcoa Hour||Mrs. Gilling and the Skyscraper|
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
|Playhouse 90||Sister Theresa||Four Women in Black|
|The United States Steel Hour||Mother Seraphim||One Red Rose for Christmas|
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
|1959||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Essie||Ah, Wilderness!|
|Play of the Week||Madame Ranevskaya||The Cherry Orchard|
|1960||The Bell Telephone Hour||Baroness Nadedja von Meck||The Music of Romance|
|Play of the Week||Madame Ranevskaya||The Velvet Glove|
|Dow Hour of Great Mysteries||Letitia Van Gorder||The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart|
|1961||Michael Shayne||Murder Round My Wrist|
|1963||The Christophers||What One Bootmaker Did|
|1967||Tarzan||Mrs. Wilson||The Pride of the Lioness|
|1969||Arsenic and Old Lace||Abby Brewster|
|1970||The Front Page||Narrator|
|1971||Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate||Sophie Tate Curtis||Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie|
|1972||Harvey||Veta Louise Simmons|
|Here's Lucy||Mrs. Kathleen Brady||Lucy and the Little Old Lady|
|Ghost Story||Miss Gilden||Alter-Ego|
|1973–1974||The Snoop Sisters||Ernesta Snoop||Nominated – Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series|
|1975||Hawaii Five-O||Aunt Clara||Retire in Sunny Hawaii – Forever|
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series. Costarred with her son James MacArthur (who played her nephew in the episode).
|1976||The Moneychangers||Dr. McCartney||miniseries|
|Victory at Entebbe||Etta Grossman-Wise|
|1978||A Family Upside Down||Emma Long||Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie|
|1980||The Love Boat||Agatha Winslow||1 episode|
|1982||Love, Sidney||Mrs. Clovis||Pro and Cons|
|Murder is Easy||Lavinia Fullerton|
|1983||A Caribbean Mystery||Miss Marple|
|1984||Highway to Heaven||Estelle Wicks|
|1985||Murder with Mirrors||Miss Marple|
In 1973, Hayes was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Hayes's name and picture. In 1983, Hayes received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
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I'm afraid my former career in the movies doesn't mean much, but when I was 8 years old and had just made my first stage appearance, in a Lew Fields musical show, 'Old Dutch', my mother took me over to the old Vitagraph studio in Brooklyn. I had long curls and they let me play the juvenile lead in two pictures in support of Jean, the collie. Jean was the most famous dog of the day and I was very thrilled.
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