Helen Hayes is well known as “The First Lady of American Theatre,” but few know of her work for the French Resistance during World War II.

At the personal request of President Franklin Roosevelt, Ms. Hayes spent two years behind enemy lines near Cherbourg, acting as a conduit of information between the Resistance and the OSS.

The most amazing thing is she spent the whole time posing as Madelon Claudet, the character for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931 in The Sin of Madelon Claudet.

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