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    Entertainment: Helen Hayes (64 items)

    We last updated our site on 17-Sep-2017. The next update is scheduled for 14-Oct-2017.

    The following items are directly from the estate of Helen Hayes and her husband, Charles MacArthur. Each lot is accompanied by a copy of a letter of authenticity from their son, Jim MacArthur. All items came directly from the MacArthur home on the Hudson River in Nyack, New York where the family lived for seven decades. Because of the unique nature of many of these items, they are not returnable.

    Actress Helen Hayes, "First Lady of the American Stage," was born in 1900 in Washington, DC and started acting at the age of five. Two of her most noted performances are in Mary of Scotland and Victoria Regina. She won an Oscar for Best Actress in 1931...and for Best Supporting Actress in 1970. Miss Hayes was also noted for her work on radio (CBS's Helen Hayes Theatre in the 1940s) and on television. She actively participated in many charitable events and causes. Helen Hayes married Playwright Charles G. MacArthur in 1928. He was successful teaming up with Ben Hecht co-authoring Front Page and Twentieth Century; also Crime Without Passion and The Scoundrel. Charles MacArthur died on April 21, 1956. Their only daughter, Mary, born in 1930, was a budding actress when she died of polio in 1949. Son James MacArthur also became an actor, best known for the starring role of Danno for over five years in Hawaii Five O.

     

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    H004
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: A bound copy of the Advance Uncorrected Proofs for the book, "Twice Over Lightly," authored by Helen Hayes & Anita Loos. Cover shows "Probable Publication Date" of September 20, 1972 and "Probable Price" of $9.50. It is not known how much the 237 pages of galley proofs differs from the final book edition. $85.00


    H005
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: A letter dated Oct 19, 1983 to Mrs. Helen Hayes in Nyack from her publisher, Fortress Press (Dr. Albert H. Lueders) regarding promotion and royalty payments for her book, "A Gathering of Hope." Also included are 8 unused book jackets for the book with her photo on the front cover; a large 17" x 22" poster promoting the book, again with her photo; and Fortress Press' Fall/Winter catalog for 1983-84 that promotes Miss Hayes' book with a full page lead entry on page three. Original mailing envelope also included. $59.00


    H013
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Miss Hayes' eyeglasses, plastic rimmed bifocals. Saphira frames made in Austria. $20.00


    Scripts

    The following assorted scripts for plays & films and supporting correspondence sent to Miss Hayes and her husband for review and consideration.
    H046
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1973 typed script, "A Man in the House" by Martha E. Schaaf, a 3-act suspense comedy gratefully dedicated to Helen Hayes. $15.00


    H047
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Script (ditto duplicating process) in envelope addressed to Miss Helen Hayes in Nyack, NY (1965). "Let the Dog Bark" in 2 acts by Sergio Vodanovic, lst United States production. 100 pages. $10.00


    H049
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed mimeographed script, spiral bound, "The Brotherhood of Man" by Albert Epstein. Inscribed: "My dear Miss Hayes. With faith and hope, To a grand and noble lady of the Theater whom my wife and I love. A new version. Albert Epstein." $18.00


    H053
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typewritten carbon copy of script, "Private Enterprise," by Merrill Gross, c. 1954, revised 1955. inscribed: "To Helen Hayes on her 50th, May she bring as much pleasure to as many people during the next half of her career! Sincerely, Merrill Gross." with an accompanying letter explaining how he wrote this play with her in mind. $19.00


    H054
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 90 page typed script, "The Paper Wedding," a comedy by Charles Land, c. 1949 with cover letter to Miss Hayes suggesting she consider the lead role. $15.00


    H055
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: "Gentlemen's Agreement," a farcical comedy by Hayes Babcock, New York City, typewritten 112p script. $10.00


    H057
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Printed 36p. booklet, "A 'Trivial' Reading of Hamlet" by Sister Miriam Joseph, 1960 Quebec, inscribed: "To Helen Hayes, with admiration and love, Sister Miriam Joseph." $15.00


    H058
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typewritten printed script, "Curtains!" by David S. Meranze & Marc Alan Zagoren, 1974, New York, NY, 95p. 1975 with long (and pathetic) 2-page typed letter from Meranze to Helen Hayes suggesting she consider playing the character of Daphne Ferguson, not a starring role but hopeful that doesn't make a difference. $15.00


    H061
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: "The House," and "As I Remember Him," original scripts by Norman Sickel, PhM.3/c with cover letter from Mr. Sickel (U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda address, March 2, 1943) to Miss Helen Hayes. He thanks her for her recent visit to the Naval Hospital and how much it meant to the men. He is sending her these 2 scripts to use as she sees fit, neither having been done in public, either on stage or on the air. $18.00


    H063
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed script "The Herald Angel," a Christmas story by Robert Kerrigan c. 1949, 18 pages. Includes cover letter from Kerrigan to Miss Hayes, sending the script for consideration if she resumes her radio season this coming season. $12.00


    H064
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed script, "The Schizocarp song," by William Earl Goebert, 20 pages, with 2-page cover letter from Goebert to Miss Helen Hayes in Nyack, July 14, 1963 requesting her critique and consideration for the play. $12.00


    H065
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed script for a story line, editing marks, 12-page untitled, with accompanying handwritten letter to Mr. MacArthur from Lillian Raymond, author of the script. Undated but undoubtedly 1940s or before. $12.00


    H066
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed script, editing marks, "Farewell, Farewell Eugene," a comedy by John Vari. 120p. With accompanying letter from Vari to Miss Hayes dated Oct 9, 1955 following up on a request from Burgess Meredith that he send a copy of the script to Miss Hayes and apologizes because it is still in revision form. $15.00


    H071
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed TV script, "The Open Door" by Henry Greenberg & David Horne, 34p. 1969. Sent to Miss Hayes at the Four Star Theatre. $12.00


    H072
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Published play, "Haloes and Spotlights," a comedy in three acts by John O'Donnell, 1964, 80p. enscribed "for Helen Hayes, whose life has been a gift of joy to the American theatre. V. Rev. John O'Donnell Apr. 11, 1966" $15.00


    H073
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed script, "The Sun King," by Joseph W. Mosser, 24p, with covering letter addressed to Miss Hayes from Mr. Mosser requesting her critique and consideration for the play. $15.00


    Paper Ephemera Directly From The Helen Hayes Estate

    H100
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Misc. samples of day to day records from the home of Helen Hayes MacArthur and Charles MacArthur in Nyack, NY. These may be anything from receipts from Saks Fifth Avenue to the local Nyack fish market, from a telephone bill to the monthly accounting from their chauffeur (or a garage bill on their LaSalle automobile). Most of them are prominently identified with Helen Hayes or Charles MacArthur by name. All relate to the era from the late 1930s to the early 1940s while they were both very much in high profile lives. The composite shows a broad cross-section of elegant living in an orderly household, but unusual household. 20 pieces for $15.00


    H101
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Personal item from Helen Hayes estate with Miss Hayes' signature (autograph) as "Helen Hayes." Have several. $10.00


    H102
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Personal item from Helen Hayes estate with Miss Hayes' signature (autograph) as "Helen MacArthur." From early 1940s. Rare. Have several. $8.00


    H103
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Personal item from Helen Hayes estate with the signature (autograph) of her husband, Playwrite Charles MacArthur. Have several. $8.00


    H106
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Miss Hayes' file on the creation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. (She is listed on the Women's Committee.) 15 pieces. All basically 1959. $18.00


    H107
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Report of the New York State Committee for the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth. Miss Hayes was a member of the committee. She has written across the top of this 108p. booklet "read for White House meeting." $7.00


    H108
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 20p theater program, National Theatre, Washington, DC. Full front cover photo of Helen Hayes. Program is for the show, "Harriet" starring Helen Hayes as Harriet Beecher Stowe. $14.50


    H109
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Receipt. 1941 storage charges, Ellish Rockland Furriers for mink coat, white ermine, summer ermine, tan lapin cape & hood, sheared beaver coat, leopard coat, fur blankets and polar bear rugs. $10.00


    H110
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1941 James Pendleton Antiques receipt for pair of $132. antique flower vases, with notation "send to Alfred Lund" $7.50


    H111
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1941 James Pendleton Antiques receipt for sculpture of Gertrude Lawrence by Riza for $125. $4.00


    H113
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1941 bill from Seven East Furs for Mrs. Charles MacArthur, Nyack, for 1 sheared beaver coat @ $650. $4.00


    H120
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1940 lawyer letter to Helen Hayes showing spread sheets of taxes paid for previous five years, over 93 thousand dollars. (a lot of money for those days). $10.00


    H123
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution acknowledgement letter to Miss Hayes, 1940, Big Brother Movement. $3.00


    H124
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution acknowledgement to Miss Helen Hayes, circa 1940. The Boy Scout Foundation. $4.00


    H125
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution acknowledgement to Miss Helen Hayes, 1940, Boy's Athletic League. $3.00


    H126
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution appeal letter, 1940 to Miss Hayes, The Boy Conservation Bureau (with notation that check was sent). $3.00


    H127
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution appeal letter and acknowledgement of gift, 1940, Helen Hayes. Boys Brotherhood Republic of New York. $4.00


    H128
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution receipt, Miss Helen Hayes, 1939. Foster Parents' Plan for War Children. $4.50


    H130
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution request letter for a $100 page in the souvenir program for The Actor's Fund of America, 1938, with side note the check for 100 hundred dollars was sent. $3.00


    H131
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution letter from Life Magazine requesting funding for their Life Camps, 1939, and contribution acknowledgement to Miss Helen Hayes for gift. $5.00


    H134
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution receipt to Miss Hayes, 1938, from The Association for the Aid of Crippled Children. $4.00


    H135
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution solicitation letter in long hand 1938 addressed to Mrs. MacArthur for a continued donation for the Nyack play ground (donation made, as noted). $2.00


    H136
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Two page handwritten solicitation letter, 1939, King- Coit Assn, New York City, requesting 125 dollars for sponsorship of tuition of a talented little girl in their classes. (Miss Hayes sent a check for half, as noted in margin). $3.50


    H137
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1939 handwritten solicitation letter to Miss Hayes from Sunshine Settlement, New York City, help for the poor. Also included is Sunshine Settlement acknowledgement of donation. $5.00


    H138
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Contribution solicitation letter, 1939, from The Sheltering Arms to Miss Hayes, notation that gift was given, as in the past. $3.50


    H139
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Acknowledgement letter to Helen Hayes from Boys' Athletic League, 1938 for donation, 2 pieces. $4.00


    H140
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Acknowledgement letter and receipt to Miss Helen Hayes, 1938, for donation to summer camp program, The Boys Clubs of New York. Nice line drawings of 2 of their buildings on stationery. $5.00


    H141
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Five letters/cards to Miss Helen Hayes, 1939, regarding her role as a sponsoring foster parent, from Foster Parents' Plan For Spanish Children. $6.00


    H142
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1939 typed letter to Miss Helen Hayes from Elmira College, Elmira, NY requesting 50 dollars/year toward a named chair for Dr. Hamilton, deceased head of their Dept. of Classical Language. Miss Hayes has penciled a notation to her husband at the top, "Dear Charlie, I think I should subscribe $50 per year to this as long as I am able." $10.00


    H144
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed 1938 solicitation letter from Rockland County Branch, State Charities Aid Assn. requests money for Christmas gifts to Children. Addressed only to "Dear Friends," however Miss Hayes has penned a margin note to her husband, "Dear Charlie, I know nothing about this, but since its local I suppose we should lend a hand. What?" Pencilled in is the amount of 5 dollars. $10.00


    H145
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Typed letter soliciting a $25 quarter page advertisement in Souvenir Program, 1940 to Miss Helen Hayes, from Treasurers Club of America. Miss Hayes has noted "Same as before, please," and $25 is written in the margin as paid. $5.00


    H146
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1940 letter to Miss Helen Hayes "on the anniversary of your annual gift," asking again, from The Industrial Home for the Blind. Notation that 10 dollars was sent. $5.00


    H148
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Gift acknowledgement letter and receipt addressed to Miss Helen Hayes, 1940, from The Children's Aid Society. $4.50


    H151
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Miss Hayes' copies of the 1959 and 1960 reports and financial reports of the National Cultural Center, Washington, DC (yet to be built and later to be identified as the Kennedy Center; Miss Hayes was on the Advisory Committee). 7 pieces $35.00


    H152
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1954 certificate to Helen Hayes, "Friends of Richard III, Inc." She is apparently member #10. Orange border, eagle, etc. $50.00


    H154
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Hotel Belvedere, Baltimore, circa. 1940 travel envelope to hold tickets. This envelope, marked "Miss Hayes Drawing Room" was for a Pullman trip between New York City and Washington, DC. The envelope has great bluetone designs of vintage train, bus, ship, airplane. $10.00


    H155
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: City of New York Police Department traffic court summons for Charles MacArthur for a parking ticket. 1943. 2 pieces. (some people save everything). $5.00


    H158
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1941 Helen Hayes Chicago tour, Ambassador East Hotel receipts, show expenses, travel. 12 items. $15.00


    H160
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1962 American Shakespeare Festival weekly salary statement for Helen Hayes. 2 pieces. $9.00


    H163
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: File on Helen Hayes' involvement in National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (which killed her daughter, Mary). 14 pieces including 8" x 10" glossy publicity photos of Helen Hayes with victims and with Richard Cardinal Cushing, a Helen Hayes editorial, brochure on Mary MacArthur Respiration Center, reports. Mostly 1958-1960. $25.00


    H168
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Letter to Mrs. Helen Hayes MacArthur, 1942, from Bonwit Teller, Fifth Avenue, NYC, regarding returned merchandise. $3.00


    H169
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: Accounting statements to Helen Hayes for deposits on the revenue performances from "Twelfth Night" and for Lipton's Tea broadcasts. 17 deposit letters between Oct. 25-Dec. 24, 1940--8 weeks--totalling nearly 35,000 dollars. $15.00


    H170
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: 1941 expenses relating to the summer cottage in Maine for Mrs. MacArthur and daughter. Several dozen itemized receipts. $8.50


    H172
    Helen Hayes Personal Item: For a number of years the MacArthurs belonged to The River Club in New York. Approx. 25 monthly packets of receipts addressed to Mrs. MacArthur for payment. A variety of content. $10.00


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