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Helen British & World English

The daughter of Zeus and Leda, born from an egg. In the Homeric poems she was the outstandingly beautiful wife of Menelaus, and her abduction by Paris (to whom she had been promised, as a bribe, by Aphrodite) led to the Trojan War

Clark, Helen British & World English

(B.1950), New Zealand Labour stateswoman, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999–2008

Hayes, Helen British & World English

(1900–1993) US actress; born Helen Hayes Brown; known as the First Lady of the American Theater. Her Broadway career spanned seven decades and included Tony-winning roles in Happy Birthday (1946) and Time Remembered (1957). She also appeared in movies such as The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932) and Airport (1970)

Keller, Helen British & World English

(1880–1968), American writer, social reformer, and academic; full name Helen Adams Keller. Blind and deaf from the age of nineteen months, she learned how to read, type, and speak with the help of a tutor. She went on to champion the cause of blind and deaf people throughout the world

Suzman, Helen British & World English

(1917–2009), South African politician, of Lithuanian-Jewish descent. From 1961 to 1974 she was the sole MP opposed to apartheid

Wills Moody, Helen British & World English

(1905–98), US tennis player; born Helen Newington Wills. During 1923–38, she won the women’s singles title at eight Wimbledon, seven US Open, and four French Open tournaments

Helen Adams Keller in Keller, Helen British & World English

(1880–1968), American writer, social reformer, and academic; full name Helen Adams Keller. Blind and deaf from the age of nineteen months, she learned how to read, type, and speak with the help of a tutor. She went on to champion the cause of blind and deaf people throughout the world

Helen Porter Mitchell in Melba, Dame Nellie British & World English

(1861–1931), Australian operatic soprano; born Helen Porter Mitchell. She was born near Melbourne, from which city she took her professional name. Melba gained worldwide fame with her coloratura singing

Helen Beatrix Potter in Potter, Beatrix British & World English

(1866–1943), English writer for children; full name Helen Beatrix Potter. She is known for her series of animal stories, illustrated with her own delicate watercolours, which began with The Tale of Peter Rabbit (first published privately in 1900)

Helen Newington Wills in Wills Moody, Helen British & World English

(1905–98), US tennis player; born Helen Newington Wills. During 1923–38, she won the women’s singles title at eight Wimbledon, seven US Open, and four French Open tournaments