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Helen Haye (1874–1957)

Helen Haye was born on August 28, 1874 in Assam Province, British India as Helen Mary Haye. She was an actress, known for The Frightened Lady (1940), The 39 Steps (1935) and The Skin Game (1931). She was married to Ernest Attenborough. She died on September 1, 1957 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 83) in London, England, UK

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The Frightened Lady Lady Lebanon
The 39 Steps Mrs. Jordan
The Skin Game Mrs. Hillcrist
Hobson's Choice Mrs. Hepworth


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 1958 The Gypsy and the Gentleman
Lady Caroline Ayrton
 1957 Action of the Tiger
Countess Valona
 1956-1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Helen Browne
- Late Love (1957)
- The Living Room (1956) ... Helen Browne
 1956 Teenage Bad Girl
Aunt Louisa
 1953-1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
The Prioress / Dowager Empress of Russia
- The Return (1956) ... The Prioress
- Anastasia (1953) ... Dowager Empress of Russia
 1956 The Alien Sky (TV Movie)
Harriet Haig
 1955 Richard III
Duchess of York
 1955 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady Athaliah
- Frolic Wind (1955) ... Lady Athaliah
 1954 Let's Make Up
Lady Drayton
 1954 A Hundred Years Old (TV Movie)
Dona Marciala
 1954 The Secret Way (TV Movie)
Mrs. Grant
 1954 Hobson's Choice
Mrs. Hepworth
 1954 Front Page Story
Susan's Mother
 1953 Dear Octopus (TV Movie)
Dora Randolph
 1953 Heidi (TV Movie)
 1952 Pride and Prejudice (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
- Episode #1.6 (1952) ... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
- Episode #1.3 (1952) ... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
 1951 And No Birds Sing (TV Movie)
Mrs. Emily Heron
 1950 Treasures in Heaven (TV Movie)
Mary Burnham
 1950 Triple Bill (TV Movie)
Mrs. Elizabeth Fry
 1950 The Angel with the Trumpet
Member of Alt Family (uncredited)
 1949 Conspirator
Lady Witheringham
 1949 The Silver Cord (TV Movie)
Mrs. Phelps
 1949 Third Time Lucky
Old Lady
 1948 Anna Karenina
Countess Vronsky
 1948 A Hundred Years Old (TV Movie)
Dona Marciala
 1947 Mrs. Fitzherbert
Lady Sefton
 1947 Mine Own Executioner
Lady Maresfield
 1947 The Cradle Song (TV Movie)
The Prioress
 1947 Martine (TV Movie)
Madame Mervan
 1946 A Hundred Years Old (TV Movie)
Dona Marciala
 1945 A Place of One's Own
Mrs. Manning Tutthorn
 1945 Madonna of the Seven Moons
Mother Superior
 1944 Man of Evil
Mrs. Somerford
 1943 Dear Octopus
Dora Randolph
 1943 The Man in Grey
Lady Rohan
 1941 The Remarkable Mr. Kipps
Mrs. Walshingham
 1940 The Frightened Lady
Lady Lebanon
 1939 The Spy in Black
Mrs. Sedley
 1939 Fox in the Morning (TV Movie)
Frances Brunell
 1939 Remember When
Miss Ada Broadbent
 1939 A Girl Must Live
Aunt Primrose
 1939 The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TV Movie)
Queen Elizabeth
 1938 A Break in the Journey (TV Short)
 1938 Sidewalks of London
 1937 The Girl in the Taxi
Delphine des Aubrais
 1937 Cotton Queen
Margaret Owen
 1937 Wings of the Morning
Aunt Jenepher
 1936 Everybody Dance
Lady Morton
 1936 The Interrupted Honeymoon
Aunt Harriet
 1936 Wolf's Clothing
Mildred Girling
 1935 Transatlantic Tunnel
Oil Magnate (uncredited)
 1935 The 39 Steps
Mrs. Jordan
 1935 Drake the Pirate
Lady Lennox
 1935 Loves of a Dictator
Queen Mother Juliana
 1934 Crazy People
Aunt Caroline
 1934 Money Mad
Lady Leyland
 1933 This Week of Grace
Lady Warmington
 1933 It's a Boy
Mrs. Bogle
 1932 Her First Affaire
Lady Brogden
 1932 Congress Dances
 1932 Monte Carlo Madness
 1931 The Officers' Mess
Mrs. Harbottle
 1931 Brown Sugar
Lady Knightsbridge
 1931 The Skin Game
Mrs. Hillcrist
 1930 Beyond the Cities
Amy Hayes
 1930 The Brat
Lady Sevenoaks
 1930 Knowing Men
Marquise de Jarmais
 1929 Atlantic
Clara Tate-Hughes
 1921 Tilly of Bloomsbury
Lady Adela Mainwaring
 1921 The Skin Game
Mrs. Hillcrist
 1920 Bleak House
Miss Barbay
 1919 His Last Defence
Hesper Oddington
 1917 Masks and Faces
Dame Best
 1916 Honour in Pawn
Mrs. Fortescue
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She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard III," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ion Swinley, William Devlin, Leo Genn, Vivienne Bennett, Cecil Trouncer, and Alec Clunes in the cast. Henry Cass was director. See more »

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Dignified British character actress, on stage from 1898. In films from 1916, she was usually seen in benevolent or aristocratic roles. She gave particularly strong performances in The Spy in Black (1939) and The 39 Steps (1935). Helen Haye taught for years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, her prize pupils including John Gielgud and Charles Laughton.

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