Saturday, October 10, 2015
The First Lady of American Theater, the first stage actress to go on to win an Academy Award, Helen Hayes was born on this day in 1900. Helen Hayes starred in Victoria Regina, The Sin of Madelon Claudet and Happy Birthday.
In 1941, she took the helm as producer, actress and even casting director of the CBS radio series The Helen Hayes Theatre of the Air, a series running contemporary plays.
Hayes starred in a 1938 Lux Radio Theatre production of Jane Eyre and turned in appearances on a wide variety of classic radio series such as The Campbell's Playhouse, The Silver Theatre, and Dupont Cavalcade of America. Radio gave us all the big stars of the 30's, 40's, and 50's, delivered as just a voice to let our imaginations fill in the rest. Helen Hayes was just one shining example.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Another star born on this day--in this case in 1878--is Arthur Hopkins. As is apparent, Hopkins lived to adulthood before Marconi's marvelous invention began broadcasting content into homes.
He entered the world of theater as a press agent and began writing plays. Late in his life, he endeavored to bring high-quality drama into American homes and thus produced and hosted Arthur Hopkins Presents. The program brought to life such classics as "The Philadelphia Story," "The Deluge," "Mr. Pim Passes By," and "Our Town." Actors and actresses who contributed were Katharine Hepburn, Wendell Corey, and Helen Hayes.
We salute the contributions of this author, producer, and host.