Helen Hayes Brown, 1900 - 1993

portrait of Helen Hayes
TIME magazine cover (30 December 1935)

Born: 10 October 1900, Washington City
Died: 17 March 1993, Nyack, New York

Her first stage appearance was at age five, by age ten she had her first film credit. Her stage career spanned 1905 to 1971, she retired partly due to asthma inflamed by stage dust; her films span the period from 1917 to 1978; and her TV credits are extensive. She was called the "First Lady of American Theatre" and is one of only ten persons to win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony. She gave generously to theatre causes, and with her friend Lady Bird Johnson founded the National Wildflower Research Center. Ronald Reagan awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1986.

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