(Courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service)

The awards program will be the setting for the debut of a postage stamp dedicated to actress Helen Hayes. Born in Washington and making her professional debut in the city at age nine, she went onto an illustrious career. Although she was known as “The First Lady of the American Theatre,” her roles spanned radio, stage, film and television.

She was the first performer to receive the Tony Award for Best Actress for “Happy Birthday” in 1947. Another milestone for Hayes was her achievement as the first actress to win both a Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She won for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” in 1932 and decades later in 1970 for ”Airport.”

The theater awards were established to honor her long career in 1983. Hayes died in 1993.

The stamp is, of course, a “Forever” stamp.