Helen McAvity (married name) was the daughter of William and Regina McDougall. They enrolled Helen in the Professional Children's School in New York City in 1921, where Helen went to school while she performed in silent movies, vaudeville, and Broadway plays as a child performer. It was during this time that she acquired her stage name - Helen Mack.
From 1931 to 1945, Helen Mack performed in 38 films, mostly as a leading actress. Her best known films are probably "Son of Kong" and "She".
In 1940 she married Thomas McAvity, a radio show producer who went on to become Vice President of Television Network for NBC. During the late 1930's and early 1940's Helen acted in radio shows, but eventually changed careers and moved into producing and directing radio shows.
In the 1960's and early '70's Helen wrote several Broadway plays and screenplays for popular television shows like "Daniel Boone" and "Julia".
Helen died in Beverly Hills, California in 1986.
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