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Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes


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Also Known As: Died: March 17, 1993
Born: October 10, 1900 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: Cast ...


Helen Hayes was one of eight individuals (Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks and Mike Nichols are the others) to have won all four of the major entertainment awards (Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy) in competition.

Hayes along with Rita Moreno, John Gielgud and Audrey Hepburn hold the distinction of having received each of the four major entertainment awards (Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy) in competition.

"Miss Hayes does not have personality that dazzles the public; she does not behave like a star ... but put her on the stage and raise the curtain, and something happens to the audience. She was perfectly cast when she played in Barrie's "What Every Woman Knows"--a mousy, unassertive woman who has a powerful influence on other people." --Brooks Atkinson

"I had never yearned to be an actress because I always was one. I never dreamed of a career--because I always had one. For sixty years I've heard, 'Two minutes, Miss Hayes,' and I've sprinted onto the stage. It's become a reflex. Pavlov's Actress, that's me." --Helen Hayes in her autobiography "A Gift of Joy" (1965).

[She played] "the brave wife of "Arrowsmith". Everybody got very uptight when Helen Hayes reached for that plague-soaked cigarette. It was always rewarding to watch Helen Hayes die. The death scene in "A Farewell to Arms", in which Miss Hayes played Hemingway's little war nurse, tore at your tearducts in the most untheatrical way." --John Springer ("They Had Faces Then", 1974)

She received the Drama League of New York Medal for her performance in "Victoria Regina" (1935).

Awarded the Medal of Arts from Finland.

She was given the American Exemplar Medal from the Freedom Foundation in 1978.

Received the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University in 1979.

Presented with the Medal of Freedom Award from former President Reagan (1988).

US Mint struck a commemorative gold coin bearing her likeness (1984)

She was the president of the American National Theatre and Academy (1951-53).

Named honorary president of the American Theatre Wing.

She served as second president of the Actors Fund

She chaired the women's activities for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

Awarded honorary L.H.D. from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York (1939) and Smith College in Elmira, New York (1940).

Received a honorary Litt.D. from Columbia University (1949) and University of Denver (1952).

She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Princeton University and St. Mary's College

Given the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Leadership Award in 1991

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