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Helen Hayes

Highest Rated:   92% A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Lowest Rated:   60% My Son John (1952)
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Helen Hayes, the First Lady of the American Theater, made most of her infrequent film appearances after an allergy to theater dust forced her to retire from the stage. Her stage career began when she was five; at age nine, she made her first Broadway appearance. By 1918, she was a star. When she married playwright Charles MacArthur in 1928, the couple came to Hollywood briefly, where she won her first Oscar for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931). Other memorable roles during that time included her role as a nurse in A Farewell to Arms (1932) with a very young Gary Cooper, and What Every Woman Knows (1934). Unhappy in Hollywood, she returned to the stage, where she reigned as one of the outstanding American stage actresses. One of her most famous roles was Queen Victoria in Victoria Regina. She won a Tony Award the first year they were presented, in 1947, for Happy Birthday, and another in 1958 for Time Remembered. Throughout the '40s, '50s, '60s and into the '70s, Hayes made numerous television appearances, winning an Emmy as Best Actress in 1952 and starring in the short-lived comic mystery series The Snoop Sisters with Mildred Natwick in 1971. She returned to films in the 1950s, making an impressive showing as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia (1956) and winning another Oscar for her role in Airport (1970). In her later years, she often played kind but mischievous old ladies. Her son is actor James MacArthur. Hayes wrote several memoirs, prompted to write originally by the death of her daughter.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Maxwell Anderson - Lost In the Stars
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Murder with Mirrors
  • Miss Jane Marple
1985
No Score Yet A Caribbean Mystery
  • Miss Marple
1983
No Score Yet Murder Is Easy
  • Lavinia Fullerton
1982
No Score Yet A Family Upside Down
  • Emma Long
1978
No Score Yet Candleshoe
  • Lady St. Edmund
1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe
  • Etta Grossman Wise
1976
No Score Yet One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
  • Hettie
1975
80% Herbie Rides Again
  • Mrs. Steinmetz
1974
80% Airport
  • Ada Quonsett
1970
No Score Yet Third Man on the Mountain
  • Tourist
1959
90% Anastasia
  • Empress
1956
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway
  • Herself
1953
60% My Son John
  • Lucille Jefferson
1952
No Score Yet Holdiay Affair
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Anna Karenina
  • Countess Vronsky
1948
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
No Score Yet What Every Woman Knows
  • Maggie Wylie
1934
No Score Yet Crime Without Passion
  • Woman in Hotel Lobby
1934
No Score Yet Night Flight
  • Mme. Fabian
1933
92% A Farewell to Arms
  • Catherine Barkley
1932
86% Arrowsmith
  • Leora
1931
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet
  • Madelon Claudet
1931

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