Helen Stenborg (Helen Stenborg)

Helen Stenborg

Actress. She was seen in a large number of stage and television productions for more than 60 years. Raised in Minneapolis she had early theatrical ambitions and moved to New York in her late teens; after appearing in some Broadway touring productions she spent World War II entertaining troops in Europe and was to meet her future husband, actor Barnard Hughes, while appearing in a show for injured veterans. Stenborg made her screen bow in a 1947 television presentation of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”; over the years she was seen several times on the Great White Way her credits including Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, Hugh Leonard’s 1980 “A Life”, and a 1995 production of Ivan Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country”. Stenborg received a 2000 Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of aged actress Sarita Myrtle in Noel Coward’s “Waiting in the Wings” and that same year was presented (along with Hughes) a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award. Appearing on television from the earliest days of the medium her turns included the “Kraft Theatre”, the “US Steel Hour”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “Law & Order”, “Good Times”, “L.A. Law”, and “St. Elsewhere”, as well as the afternoon soaps “One Life to Live” and “Another World”. She also was part of a few Hollywood features among them “Starting Over” (1979) and 1990’s “The Bonfire of the Vanities”. Long a member of the respected Off-Broadway Circle Repertory Company, she earned a 1986 Obie Award for “Talley and Son”. Stenborg’s final appearances came in the 2008 movie “Doubt” and 2009’s Off-Broadway “Vigil”. She died of cancer. (bio by: Bob Hufford)  Family links:  Spouse:  Barnard Hughes (1915 – 2006)


  • January, 24, 1925
  • USA


  • March, 03, 2011
  • USA


  • Church of the Transfiguration
  • USA

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