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Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes (actress; born October 10, 1900, Washington, DC; died March 17, 1993) Helen Hayes, the "First Lady of American stage," as she was called by the audiences she captivated with her talent, grace, and charm, is best known for playing the roles of Queen Victoria and Mary, Queen of Scots. Hayes was born in 1900, in Washington, DC, to Francis Van Arnum and Catherine Estelle Brown. Her father worked as a manager and salesman for a wholesale butcher. Her mother was an actress with different touring companies, but was deeply frustrated by her unfulfilled dreams of becoming famous. Hayes was influenced by her mother and maternal grandmother to become an actress herself.