Helen Hayes was an American actress whose career spanned 80 years. Making her stage debut in 1905 as a five-year-old singer, she is one of 15 people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Helen is regarded as one of the greatest leading ladies of the 20th-century theatre.

Helen was extremely proud of the work that the Helen Hayes Hospital in New York State made toward the rehabilitation of people with disabilities. She advocated tirelessly for the hospital, serving on the Board for 50 years until her death at age 92.

“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that: achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”