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Image of Helen Hayes

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Helen Hayes


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 15 in. (50.8 cm x 38.1 cm)
Medium and Support: Chromogenic print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0025

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Helen Hayes (1900–1993) Hayes made her New York stage debut at age nine. Performances in Caesar and Cleopatra and Mary of Scotland brought her initial fame. She was also active in films, winning Academy Awards for the Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932) and, playing an old woman in Airport (1969). The “First Lady of the American Theatre" was one of only ten people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Hayes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1986), America's highest civilian honor.

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