DEATH: ON THIS DATE
Helen Hayes (aged 92)
First Lady of American Theatre
Helen Hayes MacArthur (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose career spanned 80 years. She eventually received the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and was one of 15 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award (an EGOT). Hayes also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, from President Ronald Reagan in 1986. In 1988, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
DEATH: Hayes died on March 17, 1993, of congestive heart failure in Nyack, New York. Hayes’s friend Lillian Gish, the “First Lady of American Cinema”, was the designated beneficiary of her estate, but Gish had passed away less than a month earlier. Hayes was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack. In 2011, she was honored with a US postage stamp.