28 Facts About Helen Hayes

1. Helen Hayes buried her grief in her work, fulfilling an obligation to appear opposite Ingrid Bergman in the film Anastasia.

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2. At the age of twenty Helen Hayes received her first star billing in Bab.

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3. Helen Hayes was the only child born to a traveling salesman, Francis Van Arnum Brown, and his wife, Catherine Estelle Hayes, a homemaker and sometime actress.

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4. Helen Hayes has the honor of making the count of a select few who has a Tony Award, a Grammy, an Oscar and EGOT to their name.

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5. In 1933, Helen Hayes scored more weighty roles as she played Mary of Scotland, with a tragic slant .

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6. Helen Hayes was a native of Washington who was born on 10th October 1900.

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7. Helen Hayes published her memoir On Reflection and her biography My Life in Three Acts (1990), written with Katherine Hatch.

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8. Helen Hayes received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Princeton University in 1956.

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9. Helen Hayes published her autobiography, A Gift of Joy, in 1965.

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10. Helen Hayes made her first appearance at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York in October 1958 as Nora Melody in A Touch of the Poet.

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11. Helen Hayes received the Drama League of New York medal of 1936 for "the most distinguished performance of the year" for her portrayal of Victoria.

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12. Helen Hayes was an American actress whose long career made a lasting impression in the American theater world.

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13. In 1976, Helen Hayes won a Grammy Award for her work on the best spoken word album Great American Documents along with Henry Fonda, Orson Welles and James Earl Jones.

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14. Helen Hayes gave her first performance as Queen Victoria in Victoria Regina in 1935.

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15. In 1933, Helen Hayes portrayed the tragic royal in Mary of Scotland.

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16. In 1927, Helen Hayes had a major career breakthrough with Coquette.

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17. In 1920, Helen Hayes starred in one of her first leading roles as the title character in Bab.

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18. At the age of 5, Helen Hayes made her professional debut in a production of The Prince Chap.

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19. Helen Hayes was an American actress born on October 10, 1900, in Washington, DC The accomplished entertainer acted from age 5 to 85.

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20. Helen Hayes received accolades for her Broadway performances in Mary of Scotland and Victoria Regina (1935).

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21. In 1983, Helen Hayes received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

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22. In 1973, Helen Hayes was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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23. Helen Hayes died on March 17, 1993, of congestive heart failure in Nyack, New York.

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24. Helen Hayes became involved with the hospital in the 1940s, and was named to the Board of Visitors in 1944.

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25. Helen 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.

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26. Helen Hayes guest-starred on Hawaii Five-0 in the 1975 episode Retire in Sunny Hawaii.

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27. Helen 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.

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28. Helen Hayes received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, from President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

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