Helen Hayes
USINFO | 2014-06-18 16:38

Born Helen Hayes Brown
October 10, 1900
Washington, D.C.
Died March 17, 1993 (aged 92)
Nyack, New York
Occupation Actress
Years active 1905-1985
Spouse(s) Charles MacArthur (1928-1956; his death)
Children Mary MacArthur (1930-1949)
James MacArthur (1937-2010) (adopted)
Academy Awards
Best Actress
1931 The Sin of MadelonClaudet
Best Supporting Actress
1970 Airport
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actress
1953 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Tony Awards
Best Actress - Play
1947 Happy Birthday
1958 Time Remembered
Lawrence Langner Memorial Tony Award

Helen Hayes Brown (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned almost 80 years. She eventually garnered the nickname "First Lady of the American Theatre" and was one of twelve 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 the greater Washington, D.C. area since 1984, are her namesake. In 1955 the former Fulton Theatre on 46th Street in New York City's BroadwayTheater District was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre. When that venue was torn down in 1982, the nearby Little Theatre was renamed in her honor.

Hayes died on St. Patrick's Day,1993 from congestive heart failure in Nyack, New York. Lillian Gish had designated Hayes as beneficiary of her estate, but Hayes survived her by less than a month. Hayes was interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York. In 2011, she was honored with a US postage stamp.

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