Helen Haye (1874 - 1957)

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<September 2, 1957>

Actress Helen Haye dies, aged 83

MISS HELEN HAYE, the actress, died in a London nursing home last night. She was 83. She was believed to be Britain's oldest working actress. Recently she had appeared before the cameras at Pinewood where a film, "The Gipsy and the Gentleman", was being made.

Helen Haye's recipe for keeping fit, despite advancing years was summed up in five words - work, and plenty of worry. "Even if you have money you must never sit back and take it easy", she used to say. "If you do you'll get old and your talents will atrophy."

Work she certainly did, but nobody, seeing her polished performances on stage, screen and television would think she ever worried.

REGAL FIGURE

She was as graceful and regal in her private life as she was in her many roles, and though her once black hair had turned to a handsome silver she still looked remarkably young for her age, which she did little to conceal. "It is silly to do that", she said.

The only aids she used were a little rouge and a little lipstick. She had always kept her slender, upright, trim figure.

When she was nearly 79 she was appearing as the Dowager Empress of Russia in "Anastasia" in a repertory company at Windsor. It was produced on television, and was seen by Sir Laurence Olivier, who promptly bought it for the St James's Theatre in London.

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Helen Haye's Timeline

1874
August 28, 1874
1957
September 1, 1957
Age 83