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Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes
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Eric Pape, 1870 - 1938
Helen Hayes, 10 Oct 1900 - 17 Mar 1993
Crayon on paper
Image/Sheet: 52.6cm x 39.2 cm (20 11/16" x 15 7/16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Washington, D.C.
As the “First Lady of the American Theater,” Helen Hayes won international esteem for a career that spanned eight decades on stage and in films, radio, and television. She won an Academy Award for best actress for her first film, The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), and went on to appear in such major pictures as A Farewell to Arms (1932) and Anastasia (1956). Yet she always considered the stage her real home: after debuting on Broadway at the age of nine in Old Dutch (1909), she starred in hit productions of Caesar and Cleopatra (1925) and Mary of Scotland (1933). Victoria Regina (1935), which ran for 969 performances, was probably her most famous role. The Sunday Herald Tribune published this likeness of Hayes by Eric Pape when she appeared in the Irish drama Mr. Gilhooley (1930). The Helen Hayes Award for theater in Washington, D.C., is named in her honor.
Nacida en Washington, D.C.
Helen Hayes, la “Primera dama del teatro estadounidense”, se ganó el aprecio del público internacional gracias a una carrera que abarcó ocho décadas tanto en el escenario como en películas, radio y televisión. Ganó un Óscar a la mejor actriz por su primera película, The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), y protagonizaría películas tan destacadas como A Farewell to Arms (1932) y Anastasia (1956). Sin embargo, siempre consideró que el escenario era su verdadero hogar: tras debutar en Broadway a los nueve años con Old Dutch (1909), protagonizó producciones exitosas de Caesar and Cleopatra (1925) y Mary of Scotland (1933). Victoria Regina (1935), de la que se realizaron 969 funciones, fue probablemente su papel más destacado. El Sunday Herald Tribune publicó este retrato de Hayes realizado por Eric Pape cuando protagonizó la obra dramática irlandesa Mr. Gilhooley (1930). La actriz fue honrada con un premio en su nombre, el Premio Helen Hayes de teatro, en Washington D.C.
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