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Helen Hayes Collection

Winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award, Helen Hayes' career spanned 80 years.

55 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 34 hours, 33 min)
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Helen HayesWe hear time and time again how important it is for an actress to be glamorous. Glamour sells, and movies are big business. By Hollywood standards, if an actress cannot generate sufficient glamour, she is doomed to a career of character parts and will never be more than a B-list player.

Helen Hayes proved that talent is (or at least can be) more important than glamour to bring people to the theater. With an eighty-year long show business career, who is to argue?

Helen's mother, Essie Hayes, was an aspiring actress who craved the glamour of a theater life; the acclaim, the parties, the romance, and the undeniable thrill of an audience's applause. Her father, Francis van Arnum Brown of Washington D.C. on the other hand, was a relatively unambitious man who was at peace with the world around him and more than happy with home and hearth. Essie continued to tour on occasion after Helen's birth, but also took her wifely duties seriously. Frustrated by her husband's lack of ambition, Essie found her glory vicariously by pushing her daughter towards fame.

Somehow, Helen managed to find a middle road between the extremes of her parents. While most of the actresses she worked with would be pretentious and grandiose, Helen's performances were notable for her sense of natural sincerity. Essie sent Helen to Washington's Holy Cross Academy because the school did not require the smallpox vaccination that might “mutilate” the girl's beauty. Fortunately, the nun's were sympathetic to the theater, and Helen appeared as Peaseblossom in the school's production of Midsummer Night's Dream.

Helen was just eight when Essie first took her to the offices of Lew Fields in New York City. Fields signed the little girl and over the years Helen would learn more from the examples of producers like Fields, John Drew and George Tyler than she would have picked up in acting school. At 17, she won public recognition for her work as the lead in Pollyanna, and while on tour her performance was noted for reducing a house filled with rough and tumble ranchers to tears.

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Despite her work on stage, Helen remained a rather shy and withdrawn young lady. In the late 1920's she was invited to a boisterous high-society function where she felt she did not fit in. While she sat, trying to think of an excuse to leave, a dapper green-eye gentleman came over to offer her some peanuts. As he poured them into her hand, he whispered “I wish they were emeralds”. The gentleman was Chicago journalist and aspiring playwright Charlie MacArthur, and Helen was smitten.

While pregnant with her daughter, Mary MacArthur, Helen was starring in Coquette on Broadway. Helen became sick and had to leave the show, forcing it to close. Rather than pay-off the acting company, the producer tried to claim that Helen's pregnancy was an “Act of God” so that he was not liable. He eventually did have to cough up the money to pay the actors, but Mary was tagged as the “Act of God” baby. The MacArthur's also adopted a son, James, who would be immortalized in the role of “Danno” in TV's original Hawaii Five-O. Mary, who also seemed to have inherited her mother's acting talent, was stricken with polio and passed away in 1949 at the age of 19. Charlie MacArthur never recovered from the depression and eventually drank himself to death in 1956.

One of Helen's early film roles was The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), which was considered a stinker when it was first released. After some scenes were reshot with a screenplay rewritten by Charlie MacArthur, the film went on to considerable success and Helen was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress. Helen would become the second actress to win the “triple crown” of acting; an Oscar for Best Actress, a Best Actress Emmy, and a Tony for Best Actress in 1958.

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One of her stage triumphs, Victoria Regina (reprised on The Campbell's Theater hosted by Orson Welles) so impressed Queen Victoria of Spain (Queen Victoria of England's granddaughter) so much that she invited the actress to tea. "How did you ever learn so many things about my grandmother? Why, you laugh like her and talk like her, and who told you of that impatient little shrug she made if anyone tried to sympathize with her or help her when she was old?” the Queen enthused. Helen just shrugged and replied “I guess all old people do the same things, or, at least, Your Majesty's grandmother and my grandmother had a great deal in common."

Helen retired from live theater in 1971, after her doctor told her that “backstage dust” was causing her asthma. The same year, she won her second Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in Airport. The Fulton Theatre in New York had been renamed in her honor in 1955, but in the 1980's a group of businessmen wanted to tear the facility down along with some other buildings to build a hotel. Although Ms. Hayes had not financial stake in the Helen Hayes Theatre, the developers sought her consent to proceed with the project, which was given and parts of the theater were used in the new Shakespeare Center in Manhattan, which Helen helped to dedicate in 1982. Helen Hayes died of congestive heart failure on St. Patrick's Day, 1993. She was 92.

A USA Commemorative postage stamp with Helen Hayes' image was issued in 2011. Her picture and biography were featured in the Supersisters trading card series in 1979. Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are dedicated honoring Helen Hayes, one at 6258 Hollywood Blvd for her work in Motion Pictures and at 6549 Hollywood Blvd for her contributions to Radio.

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    55 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 34 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 19 hours 58 minutes
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    1. Anthology 540228 Theodore Sturgeon.mp3
    2. Anthology 550501 59 Poets Gold Volume 1.mp3
    3. Anthology 550515 61 Poets Gold Volumes 3 And 4.mp3
    4. Anthology 550529 63 Memorial Day 1955.mp3
    5. Best Plays 521003 15 Victoria Regina.mp3
    6. Biography In Sound 550306 08 Actor.mp3
    7. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
    8. Biography In Sound 550614 21 I Knew Gertrude Lawrence.mp3
    9. Campbell Playhouse 390203 09 Arrowsmith.mp3
    10. Campbell Playhouse 390602 26 Victoria Regina.mp3
    11. Campbell Playhouse 390910 27 Peter Ibertson.mp3
    12. Campbell Playhouse 390924 29 What Every Woman Knows.mp3
    13. Campbell Playhouse 391022 33 Liliam.mp3
    14. Campbell Playhouse 391210 40 Vanessa.mp3
    15. Campbell Playhouse 400107 44 Vanity Fair.mp3
    16. Campbell Playhouse 400204 48 Broom Stages.mp3
    17. Cavalcade Of America 400521 Jane Addams Of Hull House.mp3
    18. Cavalcade Of America 430531 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
    19. Cavalcade Of America 460506 Unsinkable Mrs Brown.mp3
    20. Cavalcade Of America 460527 Spin Silver Dollar.mp3
    21. Cavalcade Of America 471103 Flame.mp3
    22. Cavalcade Of America 480202 Good Morning Miss Tyckman.mp3
    23. Cavalcade Of America 480405 Woman Of Steel.mp3
    24. Cbs Radio Workshop 560518 17 Lovers Villains And Fools.mp3
    25. Dear Adolf 420712 4 Housewife And Mother Helen Hayes.mp3
    26. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 330824 Little Minister Helen Hayes.mp3
    27. Ford Theater 490624 77 Farewell To Arms.mp3
    28. Gisele Of Canada [04] Helen Hayes.mp3
    29. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541114 60 Rebecca Dorsey.mp3
    30. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541121 61 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 14 hours 35 minutes
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    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541212 64 Sarah Siddons.mp3
    2. Helen Hayes Theater 451208 Angel Street.mp3
    3. Lest We Forget Better World For Youth Youth Must Be Free.mp3
    4. Lux Radio Theater 400708 271 To Ladies.mp3
    5. Nazi Eyes On Canada 420920 Premiere Show.mp3
    6. Nbc Presents Eugene Oneill 370802 Beyond Horizon.mp3
    7. Radio Hall Of Fame 440123 008 Oh What Beautiful Morning.mp3
    8. Recollections At 30 570220 Helen Hayes Perry Como Al Jolson.mp3
    9. Screen Guild Theater 391126 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    10. Silver Theater 381113 020 Stars In Their Courses Part 1.mp3
    11. Silver Theater 381120 021 Stars In Their Courses Part 2.mp3
    12. Silver Theater 390521 047 Crossroads For Two Part 1.mp3
    13. Silver Theater 390528 048 Crossroads For Two Part 2.mp3
    14. Something For Girls 440129 This Lonely Year.mp3
    15. Something For Girls 440601 This Lonely Year Rehearsal.mp3
    16. Stars In Afternoon 460922 1946 Cbs Programming Preview.mp3
    17. Textron Theater 451215 Miss Routabaker Takes Off.mp3
    18. Textron Theater 451222 Child Is Born.mp3
    19. Textron Theater 451229 Cinderella.mp3
    20. Textron Theatre 451201 13 Happy Journey Trenton Camden.mp3
    21. Theater Guild On Air 470302 065 What Every Woman Knows.mp3
    22. Theater Guild On Air 510916 080 Glass Menagerie.mp3
    23. Unr 530800 Un Radio Korea Story 02.mp3
    24. Voice Of Army 440000 Names On List.mp3
    25. Young America Wants To Helphelen Hayes Judy Garland.mp3
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    55 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 34 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 19 hours 58 minutes
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    1. Anthology 540228 Theodore Sturgeon.mp3
    2. Anthology 550501 59 Poets Gold Volume 1.mp3
    3. Anthology 550515 61 Poets Gold Volumes 3 And 4.mp3
    4. Anthology 550529 63 Memorial Day 1955.mp3
    5. Best Plays 521003 15 Victoria Regina.mp3
    6. Biography In Sound 550306 08 Actor.mp3
    7. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore.mp3
    8. Biography In Sound 550614 21 I Knew Gertrude Lawrence.mp3
    9. Campbell Playhouse 390203 09 Arrowsmith.mp3
    10. Campbell Playhouse 390602 26 Victoria Regina.mp3
    11. Campbell Playhouse 390910 27 Peter Ibertson.mp3
    12. Campbell Playhouse 390924 29 What Every Woman Knows.mp3
    13. Campbell Playhouse 391022 33 Liliam.mp3
    14. Campbell Playhouse 391210 40 Vanessa.mp3
    15. Campbell Playhouse 400107 44 Vanity Fair.mp3
    16. Campbell Playhouse 400204 48 Broom Stages.mp3
    17. Cavalcade Of America 400521 Jane Addams Of Hull House.mp3
    18. Cavalcade Of America 430531 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
    19. Cavalcade Of America 460506 Unsinkable Mrs Brown.mp3
    20. Cavalcade Of America 460527 Spin Silver Dollar.mp3
    21. Cavalcade Of America 471103 Flame.mp3
    22. Cavalcade Of America 480202 Good Morning Miss Tyckman.mp3
    23. Cavalcade Of America 480405 Woman Of Steel.mp3
    24. Cbs Radio Workshop 560518 17 Lovers Villains And Fools.mp3
    25. Dear Adolf 420712 4 Housewife And Mother Helen Hayes.mp3
    26. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 330824 Little Minister Helen Hayes.mp3
    27. Ford Theater 490624 77 Farewell To Arms.mp3
    28. Gisele Of Canada [04] Helen Hayes.mp3
    29. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541114 60 Rebecca Dorsey.mp3
    30. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541121 61 Lionel Barrymore.mp3
    Volume 2 - 25 shows - total playtime 14 hours 35 minutes
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    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541212 64 Sarah Siddons.mp3
    2. Helen Hayes Theater 451208 Angel Street.mp3
    3. Lest We Forget Better World For Youth Youth Must Be Free.mp3
    4. Lux Radio Theater 400708 271 To Ladies.mp3
    5. Nazi Eyes On Canada 420920 Premiere Show.mp3
    6. Nbc Presents Eugene Oneill 370802 Beyond Horizon.mp3
    7. Radio Hall Of Fame 440123 008 Oh What Beautiful Morning.mp3
    8. Recollections At 30 570220 Helen Hayes Perry Como Al Jolson.mp3
    9. Screen Guild Theater 391126 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    10. Silver Theater 381113 020 Stars In Their Courses Part 1.mp3
    11. Silver Theater 381120 021 Stars In Their Courses Part 2.mp3
    12. Silver Theater 390521 047 Crossroads For Two Part 1.mp3
    13. Silver Theater 390528 048 Crossroads For Two Part 2.mp3
    14. Something For Girls 440129 This Lonely Year.mp3
    15. Something For Girls 440601 This Lonely Year Rehearsal.mp3
    16. Stars In Afternoon 460922 1946 Cbs Programming Preview.mp3
    17. Textron Theater 451215 Miss Routabaker Takes Off.mp3
    18. Textron Theater 451222 Child Is Born.mp3
    19. Textron Theater 451229 Cinderella.mp3
    20. Textron Theatre 451201 13 Happy Journey Trenton Camden.mp3
    21. Theater Guild On Air 470302 065 What Every Woman Knows.mp3
    22. Theater Guild On Air 510916 080 Glass Menagerie.mp3
    23. Unr 530800 Un Radio Korea Story 02.mp3
    24. Voice Of Army 440000 Names On List.mp3
    25. Young America Wants To Helphelen Hayes Judy Garland.mp3
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    55 recordings on 38 Audio CDs
    total playtime 33 hours, 5 min

    Helen Hayes Disc A001

    1. Gisele Of Canada [04] Helen Hayes
    2. Lest We Forget Better World For Youth Youth Must Be Free
    3. Young America Wants To Helphelen Hayes Judy Garland

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    Helen Hayes Disc A002

    1. Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 330824 Little Minister Helen Hayes

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    1. Nbc Presents Eugene Oneill 370802 Beyond Horizon

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    1. Silver Theater 381113 020 Stars In Their Courses Part 1
    2. Silver Theater 381120 021 Stars In Their Courses Part 2

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    1. Campbell Playhouse 390203 09 Arrowsmith

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    1. Silver Theater 390521 047 Crossroads For Two Part 1
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    1. Campbell Playhouse 390602 26 Victoria Regina

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    1. Campbell Playhouse 390910 27 Peter Ibertson

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    1. Campbell Playhouse 390924 29 What Every Woman Knows

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    1. Campbell Playhouse 391022 33 Liliam

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    1. Screen Guild Theater 391126 Enchanted Cottage

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    1. Campbell Playhouse 391210 40 Vanessa

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    Helen Hayes Disc A013

    1. Campbell Playhouse 400107 44 Vanity Fair

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    Helen Hayes Disc A014

    1. Campbell Playhouse 400204 48 Broom Stages

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    Helen Hayes Disc A015

    1. Cavalcade Of America 400521 Jane Addams Of Hull House

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    Helen Hayes Disc A016

    1. Lux Radio Theater 400708 271 To Ladies

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    Helen Hayes Disc A017

    1. Dear Adolf 420712 4 Housewife And Mother Helen Hayes
    2. Nazi Eyes On Canada 420920 Premiere Show

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    Helen Hayes Disc A018

    1. Cavalcade Of America 430531 Mr Lincolns Wife
    2. Voice Of Army 440000 Names On List

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    Helen Hayes Disc A019

    1. Radio Hall Of Fame 440123 008 Oh What Beautiful Morning

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    Helen Hayes Disc A020

    1. Something For Girls 440129 This Lonely Year
    2. Something For Girls 440601 This Lonely Year Rehearsal
    3. Textron Theatre 451201 13 Happy Journey Trenton Camden

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    Helen Hayes Disc A021

    1. Helen Hayes Theater 451208 Angel Street
    2. Textron Theater 451215 Miss Routabaker Takes Off

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    Helen Hayes Disc A022

    1. Textron Theater 451222 Child Is Born
    2. Textron Theater 451229 Cinderella

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    Helen Hayes Disc A023

    1. Cavalcade Of America 460506 Unsinkable Mrs Brown
    2. Cavalcade Of America 460527 Spin Silver Dollar

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    Helen Hayes Disc A024

    1. Theater Guild On Air 470302 065 What Every Woman Knows

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    Helen Hayes Disc A025

    1. Cavalcade Of America 471103 Flame
    2. Cavalcade Of America 480202 Good Morning Miss Tyckman

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    Helen Hayes Disc A026

    1. Cavalcade Of America 480405 Woman Of Steel

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    Helen Hayes Disc A027

    1. Ford Theater 490624 77 Farewell To Arms

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    Helen Hayes Disc A028

    1. Theater Guild On Air 510916 080 Glass Menagerie

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    Helen Hayes Disc A029

    1. Best Plays 521003 15 Victoria Regina

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    Helen Hayes Disc A030

    1. Unr 530800 Un Radio Korea Story 02
    2. Anthology 540228 Theodore Sturgeon

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    Helen Hayes Disc A031

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541114 60 Rebecca Dorsey
    2. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541121 61 Lionel Barrymore

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    Helen Hayes Disc A032

    1. Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541212 64 Sarah Siddons

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    Helen Hayes Disc A033

    1. Biography In Sound 550306 08 Actor

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    Helen Hayes Disc A034

    1. Biography In Sound 550320 10 Ethel Barrymore

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    Helen Hayes Disc A035

    1. Anthology 550501 59 Poets Gold Volume 1
    2. Anthology 550515 61 Poets Gold Volumes 3 And 4

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    Helen Hayes Disc A036

    1. Anthology 550529 63 Memorial Day 1955

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    Helen Hayes Disc A037

    1. Biography In Sound 550614 21 I Knew Gertrude Lawrence

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    Helen Hayes Disc A038

    1. Cbs Radio Workshop 560518 17 Lovers Villains And Fools
    2. Recollections At 30 570220 Helen Hayes Perry Como Al Jolson

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