Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes

Highest Rated: 93% A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Lowest Rated: 43% My Son John (1952)

Birthday: Oct 10, 1900

Birthplace: Not Available

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



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
73% Airport Ada Quonsett 1970
No Score Yet Third Man on the Mountain Tourist 1959
91% Anastasia Empress 1956
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Herself 1953
43% My Son John Lucille Jefferson 1952
No Score Yet Anna Karenina Countess Vronsky 1948
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet Vanessa, Her Love Story Vanessa Paris 1935
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
93% A Farewell to Arms Catherine Barkley 1932
89% Arrowsmith Leora 1931
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet Madelon Claudet 1931


No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Guest Estelle Wicks 1984
No Score Yet Playhouse 90
Sister Theresa


Mrs. Steinmetz says: Oh, Nicole, I want you to meet a gentleman from Mr. Hawk.

Nicole says: How do you do?

Nicole says: (punches Willoughby in the jaw, knocking him to the ground)

Willoughby Whitfield says: We understand your position, Mrs. Steinmetz. That's why Mr. Hawk was authorized.

Mrs. Steinmetz says: Don't tell me you're from Alonzo Hawk?

Willoughby Whitfield says: Yes.

Mrs. Steinmetz says: Oh, and you have such a nice face.

Mrs. Steinmetz says: Of course I have to humor Herbie. He used to be a famous racing car, but his driver went off to Europe to drive foreign cars, so he's a little sensitive. You can understand that.