Helen Menken

Helen Menken

Infobox actor
name = Helen Menken

imagesize = 150px
caption = from the film "Stage Door Canteen" (1943).
birthdate = birth date|1901|12|12|mf=y
birthplace = New York, New York, United States
deathdate = death date and age|1966|3|27|1901|12|12|mf=y
deathplace = New York, New York, United States
spouse = Humphrey Bogart
(1926 – 1928)
Henry T. Smith
(1932 – 1947)
George N. Richard
(1948 – 1966)

Helen Menken (December 12, 1901March 27, 1966) 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. 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. 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. She received a special Tony Award posthumously in 1966 for her work.

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, they divorced November 18, 1927. She married Dr. Henry T. Smith on July 12, 1932 and they divorced in 1947, then married George N. Richard in October, 1948 who survived her. Helen Menken died from a heart attack at a party at The Lambs on March 27, 1966 at the age of 64.

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.

External links

* [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=22221 Helen Menken at the Internet Broadway Database]

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