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Helen Stenborg

( b. Jan 24, 1925 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - d. Mar 22, 2011 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Relations: Mother of Doug Hughes
Wife of Barnard Hughes (1950 - 2006), his death

Ms. Stenborg was born in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Ambrose Stenborg, a dentist and his wife, Ida. After completing high school early, at the age of 17, a month after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she moved to New York to begin her career as an actress. During that time, she lived in the Barbizon Hotel for Women and studied with Miss Francis Robinson Duff, a respected acting teacher of the day. As a teenager, she performed in the national tours of the comedies Three's a Family and Claudia.

She met her future husband, the late actor Barnard Hughes, while rehearsing a veteran's hospital show in 1946. In the 1950s, they performed together in The Tenthouse Theater, a stock company that divided its time between Chicago and Palm Springs, where the couple was married in April 1950.

In 1999 she performed on Broadway with her husband in Noel Coward's Waiting in the Wings in a production that starred Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the pyromaniac Sarita Myrtle.

Other Broadway appearances include the Roundabout Theatre Company production of A Month in the Country starring Helen Mirren and Hugh Leonard's A Life. She toured with her husband in the national company of Leonard's Tony Award-winning Da, the play for which Hughes had won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Her last Broadway performance was in 2002 as Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

In September 2010, at the age of 84, Ms. Stenborg appeared in Morris Panych's Vigil with Malcolm Gets at the DR 2 Theatre in Manhattan, winning The Richard Seff Award for the best performance by a veteran female character actress in a supporting role.


ProductionsDate of Productions
The Crucible
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Helen Stenborg [Rebecca Nurse]
Mar 07, 2002 - Jun 09, 2002
Waiting in the Wings
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Helen Stenborg [Sarita Myrtle]
Dec 16, 1999 - May 28, 2000
A Month in the Country
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Helen Stenborg [Anna Semyenovna Yslaeva]
Apr 25, 1995 - Jun 10, 1995
A Life
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Helen Stenborg [Dolly]
Nov 02, 1980 - Jan 03, 1981
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Helen Stenborg
      Mother - Replacement
May 01, 1978 - Jan 01, 1980
A Doll's House
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Helen Stenborg [Anne-Marie]
Mar 05, 1975 - Apr 20, 1975
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Helen Stenborg [Witness]
Jun 02, 1971 - Jun 26, 1971
Sheep on the Runway
[Play, Original]
  • Understudy: Helen Stenborg [Martha Wilkins]
Jan 31, 1970 - May 02, 1970
2000 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Play
Waiting in the Wings [nominee]
Performer: Helen Stenborg
2000 Drama Desk Award Special Award
winner Helen Stenborg (Lifetime Achievement) [recipient]
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