New Forever Stamp Features Actress Hayes

The longtime theater, film and television actress Helen Hayes is being honored on a new forever postage stamp, on sale nationwide for 44-cents and usable for first-class postage from now on.

Helen Hayes: Actress Helen Hayes, who justly deserved the title “First Lady of the American Theater” for her radiant presence on Broadway for much of the 20th century will be honored on a stamp in April. She also gave memorable and award-winning performances on radio, film, and television. The stamp features original art by Drew Struzan, whose movie posters for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series have been seen by millions. Struzan based his design for the stamp on a photograph taken of Hayes circa 1958.

The longtime theater, film and television actress Helen Hayes is being honored on a new forever postage stamp, on sale nationwide for 44 cents and usable for first-class postage from now on.

The stamp was dedicated Monday.

Born in Washington, Hayes appeared in her first school production at age five and was starring on Broadway by age 20. She went on to become known as the First Lady of American Theater.

In her career, she appeared in more than 100 productions, winning Tony Awards along the way. She collected an Oscar for best actress in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" in 1932, the first stage actress to win an Academy Award, and won another for best supporting actress in the 1970 movie "Airport."

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