awards & nominations

Herbie Rides Again (1974)

Helen Hayes as "Mrs. Steinmetz"

By not letting him buy her house, Mrs. Steinmetz (Helen Hayes) foils the plans of Alonzo Hawk (Keenan Wynn), a property developer who wants to build a shopping mall in downtown San Francisco, so Hawk plots to force her out. While helping his uncle Alonzo, Willoughby Whitfield (Ken Berry) discovers a special Volkswagen Beetle and falls for Nicole (Stefanie Powers), Mrs. Steinmetz's niece. After they discover Alonzo's plans, it's up to Mrs. Steinmetz and the extraordinary Beetle to save the day.

Golden Globe (1974)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Airport (1970)

Helen Hayes as "Ada Quonsett"

In this large-ensemble disaster movie, Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster), the general manager of a Chicago-area airport, must contend with a massive snowstorm and other issues, both work-related and personal, while the troubled D.O. Guerrero (Van Heflin) threatens to blow up an airliner. As pilot Vernon Demerest (Dean Martin) attempts to calm Guerrero down and dissuade him from setting off explosives on the plane, tensions increase in the air and on the ground, and danger is imminent.

Academy Award (1970)WonActress in a Supporting Role

Anastasia (1956)

Helen Hayes as "Dowager Empress"

Could an amnesiac refugee named Anna Anderson (Ingrid Bergman) truly be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, purported sole survivor of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1918, and therefore the rightful heir to the Czar's fortune? Backed by a group of White Russian exiles led by General Bounine (Yul Brynner), she faces her possible grandmother, the imperious Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (Helen Hayes), and the fortune-hunting Prince Paul (Ivan Desny).

Golden Globe (1956)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)

Helen Hayes as "Madelon Claudet"

French farm girl Madelon Claudet (Helen Hayes) falls in love with Larry (Neil Hamilton), an American artist. But, when his parents demand he return to the United States, she is left pregnant and alone. Desperate to provide for her son, Madelon takes up with Carlo (Lewis Stone), who provides her with money and jewels, but the jewelry turns out to be stolen, and Madelon is imprisoned. After she gets out she undergoes further degradation to support the child -- who does not even know who she is.

Academy Award (1932)WonActress