Helen Hayes was the daughter of a famous stage actress and made her own debut in the theater at the age of five years. Even with nine she had in the play Old Hutch her Broadway debut. She was a busy actress in the compartment of naive and was by her performance in Dear Brutus, one of the most popular stars alongside actresses such as Katherine Cornell, Maude Adams, Laurette Taylor, and Ruth Chatterton. The mid-1920s she had been the honorary title of First Lady of the American Theater.
In 1928 she married the playwright and screenwriter Charles MacArthur, the closest friend of Ben Hecht and Dorothy Parker. Early in 1931, she accompanied her husband to Hollywood, where MacArthur had signed a contract with MGM. At the insistence of the studio, they finally took the lead role in the film The Lullabye, came as the The Sin of Madelon Claudet in the rental. The story follows the pattern of Madame X, and tells the fate of an unmarried mother who sacrifices herself for her child as a prostitute and dies at the end. Hayes became a star virtually overnight, and won the Oscar as best actress for the season 1931/32.
Her next two roles were rather tragic way, and allowed Hayes each effective death scenes: in Samuel Goldwyn sensitive adaptation of Sinclair Lewis Arrowsmith was Helen Hayes, directed by John Ford as Leora Tozer alongside Ronald Colman and Myrna Loy seen. Immediately afterwards, she was hired at his own request to Paramount to play there the role of Catherine Barkley in the film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms at the side of Gary Cooper to.
Their subsequent films were often lavishly-produced melodrama, with Hayes in addition to the greatest male stars of the studio show. The White Sister by 1933 she was at the side of Clark Gable in a story about a woman that is out of grief over her lover allegedly killed a nun and suffers after his re-emergence of great remorse. The film was nearly two million U.S. dollars box office results of the biggest financial success of Hayes during this time. That same year she took over in David O. Selznick's Night Flight, which was based on the novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a starring role alongside Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.
Hayes was then at the peak of their popularity, so has been made in the movie bombshell (Bombshell) of 1933, even a little dig at her lady-like Image: Lola Burns, the reigning sex symbol of the Monarch Studios, played by Jean Harlow, in love during the course of action into a charmed - alleged - nobles, who whispers sweet nothings in his ear. Oh, she thinks it's much nicer than anything that gets Helen Hayes said in her movies.
Increasingly dissatisfied with her life as a film actress and Star decided to Hayes after the fiasco of Vanessa, Her Love Story, according to a story by Hugh Walpole to return to Broadway. She has also starred in Victoria Regina and so celebrated its greatest stage triumph: The play was constantly on the schedule until 1938 and then led them on tours throughout the country. 1959 was named in honor of its 50th anniversary as a theater actress for her - an honor reserved for only highly selected individuals of the stage.
Helen Hayes was already working very early in the new medium of television, which you well into the 1980s work and offered new challenges. For the film, she only came back to the beginning of the 1950s, this time in character roles. In most cases these were not sophisticated, with the exception of Anastasia Tsar's mother in 1955 and her portrayal of a blind female passenger aboard a plane falling, in Airport, for which she won the Oscar for best supporting actress. She suggested that Katharine Hepburn as those artists who could boast of the longest interval between two Oscar wins.
When her son, James MacArthur, who was also an actor, took over 1959 a major role in the Walt Disney production, the third man in the mountain (Third Man on the Mountain), she was seen in a cameo as a tourist too. In the 1970s, then played leading roles in three Disney movies, including the second part of the "Herbie" series, Herbie Rides Again (Herbie Rides Again, 1975), directed by Robert Stevenson.
In 1983, the Little Theater was renamed on Broadway in the Helen Hayes Theater. The theater is located at 44th Street West in Manhattan.
Their last appearance before the camera she had in 1985 as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in the television adaptation of Murder With Mirrors, which they showed next to Bette Davis. I understand that the two women came not from each other and Davis is said to have bullied Helen Hayes best efforts.
Opposed to the more familiar roles, Helen Hayes, were Forbidden from 1932 - the role went to Barbara Stanwyck, Life with Father, a part was taken over by Irene Dunne, and Apple Annie in A Pocketful of Miracles, in the end of Bette Davis was played.
Hayes has been a lifetime close friendship with Joan Crawford.