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Helen Hayes Overview:

Legendary actress, Helen Hayes, was born Helen Hayes Brown on Oct 10, 1900 in Washington, DC. Hayes died at the age of 92 on Mar 17, 1993 in Nyack, NY and was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack, NY.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Helen Hayes was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning for Best Actress for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (as Madelon) in 1931/32 for Best Supporting Actress for Airport (as Ada Quonsett) in 1970.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1931/32Best ActressThe Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)MadelonWon
1970Best Supporting ActressAirport (1970)Ada QuonsettWon
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She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Radio. In addition, Hayes was inducted into the Womens Hall of Fame .

BlogHub Articles:

Warner Archive: in a Pair of Pre-Codes

By KC on Oct 20, 2015 From Classic Movies

In her short Hollywood career, was an unusual screen presence. Though the tiny actress was understated, placid and almost entirely lacking in glamour, she was also quietly powerful, and always exuded unassuming confidence. Though she would ultimately win two Academy Awards, Haye's screen... Read full article


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2015: as Ada Quonsett, Airport’s best performance

By The Wonderful World of Cinema on Feb 3, 2015 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

as Ada Quonsett in Airport I didn’t know what to expect, but when I saw it for the first time, ?Airport became one of my favourite movies of the 70’s. Directed by George Seaton (?Miracle on 34th Street,?Apartment for Peggy,?The Country Girl)?in 1970, it tells the story of man... Read full article


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Helen Hayes Quotes:

Dowager Empress: I will tell them that the play is over, now go home.


Stella 'Stell' Hallam: I've given up trying to figure out what your family thinks, Vicky. They just speak another language. I know this though: that I don't care any more what they think.
Victor Hallam: Well, I care.
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: You've always cared.
Victor Hallam: When it comes right down to it, my family have a sense of values that's pretty sane and level-headed.
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: Yes, I know it.
Victor Hallam: You know it, but you don't believe it. Is that it?
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: I do believe it, Vicky. And I believe also that all the Hallams in all the world are always right. They're so sure they know what you are - till after awhile they almost make you believe you're what they think you are. And then heaven help you - if you're not strong enough to help yourself.
Victor Hallam: Stella, you're all upset over nothing. I don't see what you're driving at.
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: There's so much you don't see, Vicky, that it almost breaks my heart.


Madelon Claudet: You know, it's the queerest thing. When I was a little girl, Father Matthew used to say to us children, "You pay for everything - everything in this life." And last night when we were dancing, I thought of him, and I laughed to myself and said, "What an old fool you are, Father Matthew..." But he was right. And I'm paying.


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Helen Hayes Facts
First actress to win an Oscar for playing a prostitute in The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), her first talkie

Two Broadway theaters were named after Helen Hayes. The first, at 210 W. 46th Street, was named after Hayes, in 1955. After it was demolished, in 1982, another Broadway theater, at 240 W. 44th Street, was renamed, The Helen Hayes.

In 1958, she became the second performer to win the Triple Crown of Acting. Oscars: Best Actress, The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Best Supporting Actress, Airport (1970), Tony: Best Actress-Play, "Time Remembered" (1958), and Emmy: Best Actress of 1953.

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