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Helen Hayes, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Hayes in AIRPORT.

Helen Hayes:
Best Supporting Actress: 1970
Best Actress 1931/32: MovieActors.com


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1931: THE SIN OF MADELON CLAUDET (Drama)






















helen-hayes-photo 1970: AIRPORT (Action-Adventure – G)

Helen Hayes won her Supporting Actress Oscar for playing an elderly stowaway on a doomed passenger jet.










About Helen Hayes (1900 – 1993)

Helen Hayes was a grand dame of the American theater whose career on the stage, television and in films spanned nearly 70 years. She quipped, “If you rest, you rust” and “Age is not important, unless you are a cheese.” Hayes was married to playwright Charles McArthur. Their son, James McArthur starred in the television program HAWAII FIVE 0.

A serious actress, Helen Hayes' forays into films won her two Oscars. The first was for Best Actress in the 1931 film, THE SIN OF MADELON CLAUDET and it was her first sound film. Helen Hayes plays a mother who resorts to life in the underworld to support her illegitimate son in his medical school studies. Helen Hayes received another Oscar 39 years later for her portrayal of a stowaway, in the 1970 disaster movie, AIRPORT an adaptation of the novel by Arthur Haley.

Hayes gave another memorable performance in the 1953 movie ANASTASIA, playing the dowager Empress of Russia confronted by a imposter Ingrid Bergman, coached by thieves who would have her inherit a fortune.

Helen Hayes was hospitalized a number of times for asthma and gave up her stage career in 1971, due to problems with stage dust. Hayes continued working in movies and television. She played the lead in Disney's 1974 comedy, HERBIE RIDES AGAIN, as a widow pressured to move out of her home by a shopping mall developer, whose cause is championed by a spunky Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie.

Helen Hayes raised money for organizations that help people with asthma and also for the Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York. She was the beneficiary of the considerable estate of Lilian Gish, but survived Gish by only one month.

Helen Hayes's other notable credits include...

A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1932)
ANASTASIA (1956)
HERBIE RIDES AGAIN (1974)


Helen Hayes's television credits include...

THE SNOOP SISTERS (and series) (1972)
HERBIE RIDES AGAIN (1974)
VICTORY AT ENTEBBE (TV Movie) (1976)
CANDLESHOE (1977)
A FAMILY UPSIDE DOWN (1978)
THE MONEYCHANGERS (1978)
MURDER IS EASY (1982)
MURDER WITH MIRRORS (1985)


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Helen Hayes in AIRPORT (1970).

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Helen Hayes in HERBIE RIDES AGAIN (1974).

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Helen Hayes in A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1932).