We [actors] are indeed a strange lot! There are times we doubt that we have any emotions we can honestly call our own. I have approached every dynamic scene change in my life the same way. When I married Charlie MacArthur, I sat down and wondered how I could play the best wife that ever was.... My love for him was the truest thing in my life; but it was still important that I love him with proper effect, that I act loving him with great style, that I achieve the ultimate in wifedom.
Helen Hayes (1900–1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 1 (1968).
Hayes began acting at age five, making her New York stage debut in 1909. She married the wayward, witty, charismatic playwright Charles MacArthur (1895-1956) in 1928; the marriage survived until his death.