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In this extremely candid and honest account, Helen Hayes, acclaimed "First Lady of the American Theater", looks back on her life and career, and you are invited to a private listening session. So sit back, relax, and listen to behind-the-scenes portraits and anecdotes of personalities such as Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, John F. Kennedy, Al Capone, and more. She also tells about the pleasures and difficulties that go with being a celebrity, and expresses her strong views on what is wrong with American theater today and what has always been wrong with Hollywood. And, she reflects on painful memories of her past personal life, including her guilt for leaving her young children, and losing her daughter, Mary, and her husband, playwright and screenwriter Charles MacArthur.

At 90, Helen Hayes had moved among the world's most famous and talented people. This is an engrossing account of a uniquely rich and productive life.

©1990 by Helen Hayes and Katherine Hatch (P)1990 Audio Renaissance Tapes, Inc.

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A life story by the great actress of her time.

If you could sum up My Life in Three Acts in three words, what would they be?

Helen Hayes was one of the greatest actresses of her time and to hear her talk of her life, her family and her successes on stage and screen is a real privilege. I loved every minute of it.

What did you like best about this story?

Her sweet voice and her ability to bring us into her story is priceless.

Have you listened to any of Helen Hayes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Since she was telling of her truthful life, I do not consider it a performance, but rather her relaying her life in stories. She did so beautifully and honestly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but my schedule prevented me from doing so.

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