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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Hayes Narrator: James MacArthur Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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Helen Hayes, acclaimed First Lady of the American Theatre, has been on stage, screen, and television for more than fifty years. In that time she moved among the world's most famous and talented: actors, film stars, writers, businessmen. She speaks with wit, wisdom, and candor on topics both public and private. She offers deft behind-the-scenes portraits of such personalities as Joan Crawford, William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Burton, Lillian Gish, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Gloria Swanson. She tells of the advice older actors gave her and of how she in turn gave advice, continuing the tradition. She treats us to delightful anecdotes about Ethel Barrymore, John Ford, and Al Capone.

At the same time, she reflects more seriously, and with great honesty, on the painful parts of her life: the alcoholism of those close to her; the guilt of having not spent more time with her young children; the remorse about the fact that her success overshadowed her playwright-screenwriter husband, Charles MacArthur; the difficulty of being alone after the deaths of her daughter and husband. She tells about the pleasures and discomforts that go with being a celebrity, about her retirement in Mexico, about her sense of responsibility to support causes, to help others. And, finally, she expresses her strong views on what is wrong with the American theatre today and what has always been wrong with Hollywood. An engrossing account of a rich and productive life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 7/11/2012

    " A gentle little autobiography, low on drama and backstage gossip but high on the value of family and sacrifices for true love. Hayes doesn't really reveal much, but then again, she was a tremendously ladylike actress - very old school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/2/2010

    " This was a fun slice of life from that era. Worth it to read about all the artists she and her hubby hung with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Martin | 9/5/2009

    " Nice memoir, and some enticing behind-the-scenes tidbits. But let's face it, she was just too nice and normal a person to write anything very eye-opening. But it was worth the read, and her love for her husband Charles MacArthur was genuine. It made me want to read more about him, for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S | 9/15/2007

    " I loved this book. Another one from the Estate of Aunt Kathy. HH was a very interesting character, a true actress. Loved the stage and talked a lot about the good old days of theatre. I enjoy reading things like this. Always opens up my mind to things I never had the occasion to learn before... ;) "

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About the Author
Author Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes (1900–1993) was an actress whose career spanned almost seventy years. She eventually garnered the nickname “First Lady of the American Theatre” and was one of a mere handful of people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Hayes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, from President Ronald Reagan in 1986, and she was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1988. The annual Helen Hayes Awards, which have recognized excellence in professional theater in the greater Washington, DC area since 1984, are her namesake.

About the Narrator

James MacArthur (1937–2010) was an American actor best known for his role as Danny “Danno” Williams in Hawaii Five-O. His acting career spanned more than four decades and included appearances in numerous films, television programs, and stage productions.