Promotional photo, 1940
|Born||Helen Hayes Brown
October 10, 1900
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||March 17, 1993
Nyack, New York, U.S.
(m. 1928; his death 1956)
James MacArthur (adopted)
The good die young but not always. The wicked prevail but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.
Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up… a lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.
Everybody starts at the top, and then has the problem of staying there. Lasting accomplishment, however, is still achieved through a long, slow climb and self-discipline.
The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity – love. And the story of a love is not important – what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
I'm leaving the screen because I don't think I am very good in the pictures and I have this beautiful dream that I'm elegant on the stage.
From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.
People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me.
Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.
Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.
The story of a love is not important-what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
When traveling with someone, take large does of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.
There's a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I'll not be parting with that, nor our bed – the four-poster – I'll be needing that to die in.
Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness.