Helen Menken
American actor
Helen Menken
Helen Menken was an American actress, born Helen Meinken to a German-French father, Frederick Meinken, and an Irish-born mother, Mary Madden. Born in New York City, Menken was originally a teenage actress who made her Broadway theatre debut in Parlor, Bedroom and Bath in 1917.
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Book Review: Humphrey Bogart: The Making of A Legend by Darwin Porter - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Supposedly Bogie's first wife, Helen Menken, was bisexual, as was almost every starlet he had an affair with and every actor he worked with once he got to Hollywood — Barbara Stanwyck, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, George Raft, etc., etc
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Isabelle Stevenson, Doyenne of the Tony Awards, Dies at 90
NYTimes - about 13 years
Isabelle Stevenson, the president of the American Theater Wing for more than 30 years, its chairwoman for the last five years and one of the best-known figures in the theater world, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan, her daughter Laura said. She was 90. She was perhaps best known to the public as the doyenne of the Tony Awards, Broadway's
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Paid Notice: Deaths SELWART, TONIO
NYTimes - over 14 years
SELWART - Tonio. Hand some Broadway-screen actor, age 106, died November 2, 2002. Resident 130 W. 57 St, N.Y. Acted opposite Helen Hayes, Helen Menken; scored hit in ''The Pursuit of Happiness''. Played deposed monarch in film ''The Barefoot Contessa''. Spoke four languages. Elegant dresser, sparkling raconteur. Lucid of mind, with many friends, to
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THEATER REVIEW; Gee, Mom, Incest Did Help Your Ratings
NYTimes - about 17 years
Sexual abuse of children would not seem the most obvious choice of subject for a playwright looking for material for a rollicking new comedy -- unless, of course, one is a devoted follower of ''Sally Jessy Raphael,'' ''Oprah'' and the other confessionals that have become the staple of daytime talk television. Undaunted by the delicacy of the topic,
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AMERICAN DRAMA; Judgment Calls
NYTimes - almost 18 years
To the Editor: Matthew Gurewitsch argues that American drama falls short of joining the pantheon of the world's classics [''A Country of Lesser Giants,'' April 4]. First, who knows? Joseph Hergesheimer was thought to be the great, lasting American writer in the 20's. Mr. Gurewitsch then faults American drama for not being open to reinterpretation.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Helen Menken
  • 1966
    Age 64
    She received a special Tony Award posthumously in 1966 for her work.
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  • 1932
    Age 30
    She married Dr. Henry T. Smith on July 12, 1932 and divorced him in 1947, then in October 1948 married George N. Richard who survived her.
    More Details Hide Details Menken made a short film in New York City in 1925 for Lee DeForest, filmed in the short-lived DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process. The film is preserved in the Maurice Zouary collection at the Library of Congress.
  • 1926
    Age 24
    The first of her three husbands was actor Humphrey Bogart. She was Bogart's first wife. They were married at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City on May 20, 1926, and she divorced him November 18, 1927.
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  • 1922
    Age 20
    Her greatest stage triumphs were Seventh Heaven in 1922–1924 (Janet Gaynor played her role of Diane in the 1927 classic film); Mary of Scotland in 1933–1934 as Elizabeth I opposite Helen Hayes in the title role (Katharine Hepburn played Mary in the 1936 film version); and The Old Maid, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that starred Menken and Judith Anderson in 1935.
    More Details Hide Details Bette Davis would recreate Menken's role as the spinster with a secret in the 1939 film version. Menken's final Broadway appearance was in an unsuccessful play named The Laughing Woman, which ran for less than a month in 1937. She was active on radio in the 1940s (notably recreating her performance opposite Judith Anderson in a 1946 radio adaption of The Old Maid) and a major presence behind the scenes in the theater world, especially at the American Theatre Wing.
  • 1917
    Age 15
    Born in New York City, Menken was originally a teenage actress who made her Broadway theatre debut in Parlor, Bedroom and Bath in 1917.
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  • 1901
    Born on December 12, 1901.
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