Helen Hayes

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Helen Hayes MacArthur (née 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 American Theatre" and was one of 12 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, DC area since 1984, are her namesake. In 1955, the former Fulton Theatre on 46th Street in New York City's Broadway Theater District was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre. When that venue was torn down in 1982, the nearby Little Theatre was renamed in her honor. Helen Hayes is regarded as one of the Greatest... More

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Helen Hayes #Age

Photo of Helen Hayes Age is not important unless you're a cheese.
Helen Hayes #Age

Photo of Helen Hayes People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me.
Helen Hayes #Art

Photo of Helen Hayes I cry out for order and find it only in art.
Helen Hayes #Good

Photo of Helen Hayes The good die young but not always. The wicked prevail but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.
Helen Hayes #Good #Work

Photo of Helen Hayes Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.
Helen Hayes #Good

Photo of Helen Hayes One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.
Helen Hayes #Morning #Patience #Travel

Photo of Helen Hayes When traveling with someone, take large does of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.
Helen Hayes #Love #Truth

Photo of Helen Hayes The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And the story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
Helen Hayes #Truth

Photo of Helen Hayes Legends die hard. They survive as truth rarely does.
Helen Hayes #Work

Photo of Helen Hayes Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.
Helen Hayes #Courage

Photo of Helen Hayes Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up... a lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
Helen Hayes #Christmas

Photo of Helen Hayes There's a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I'll not be parting with that, nor our bed - the four-poster - I'll be needing that to die in.
Helen Hayes #Love

Photo of Helen Hayes From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.
Helen Hayes #Good

Photo of Helen Hayes I'm leaving the screen because I don't think I am very good in the pictures and I have this beautiful dream that I'm elegant on the stage.