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      Katherine Helmond

      Katherine Helmond

      Highest Rated: 98% Brazil (1985)

      Lowest Rated: 33% The Hindenburg (1975)

      Birthday: Jul 5, 1929

      Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, USA

      A spry and quick-witted comic presence on television for more than four decades, actress Katherine Helmond won critical praise and numerous Emmy nominations for playing society women whose well-bred veneer often obscured a wicked tongue or earthy interests on such series as "Soap" (ABC, 1977-1981) and "Who's the Boss" (ABC, 1984-1992). Born Katherine Marie Helmond on July 5, 1929 in Galveston, Texas, she was the eldest of three daughters by firefighter Patrick Helmond and his wife, Thelma. After her parents' divorce, Helmond was raised primarily by her mother and grandmother, and attended Catholic school; there, she gained her first acting experience in a school play when the teaching sisters assigned her a role to help wear down her shyness. Theater soon became her abiding interest, and Helmond performed in local theater productions and pageants while also learning the ins and outs of backstage work, which she credited as helping to ground her when she made acting her profession. After a semester at Bob Jones University - where she made her screen debut in a school-funded feature, "Wine of Morning" (1955) - Helmond performed with theater companies in Texas and New York; when work dried up in the latter location, she and a few friends opened their own theater upstate. By the mid-1960s, Helmond was drawing praise for roles for theater companies across the United States, most notably the Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut, where she spent seven years, and at the Trinity Square Repertory Theater in Providence, Rhode Island, where her turn as Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" earned glowing praise from Boston Globe critic Kevin Kelly. Her performance in the New York premiere of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves" in 1971 earned her a Drama Critics Award, which was followed by her first Tony nomination for the Broadway run of "The Great God Brown." When Helmond followed "Blue Leaves" to Los Angeles, California, she tried her hand at film and television, and soon became an in-demand character actor in both mediums. A supporting turn in the Paddy Chayefsky-scripted black comedy "The Hospital" (1971) led to a handful of additional film roles, including "The Hindenburg" (1975) and Alfred Hitchcock's "Family Plot" (1976), but television would prove to be a more consistent and rewarding showcase. Guest roles on "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) were quickly eclipsed by supporting turns in Emmy-winning TV-movies like "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (CBS, 1974) and "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC, 1976) and her first work as a series regular on "Soap" (ABC, 1977-1981). The comedy, a spoof of daytime soap opera excesses, cast her as wealthy Jessica Tate, who remained blithely unaware of the chaos that ensued around her; so convincing was her performance, which earned her a Golden Globe and four Emmy nominations, that Helmond told an interviewer that people were disappointed to find that she was not as flighty in real life as her screen character. When "Soap" ran its course in 1981, Helmond stepped in to replace an injured Ruth Gordon as the wife of grumpy ogre Peter Vaughn in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" (1981); she would later appear in two other films for the "Monty Python" alum, most notably in "Brazil" (1985), as the plastic surgery-addicted mother of hero Jonathan Pryce. But Helmond remained a staple of television, and after numerous guest appearances - and several turns behind the camera as director on episodes of the "Soap" spinoff "Benson" (ABC, 1979-1986), she returned to series regular work on "Who's the Boss?" The comedy, with Tony Danza as housekeeper for divorced working mom Judith Light, cast Helmond as Light's amorous mother. It too proved remarkably successful for Helmond, earning her a second Golden Globe and two more Emmy nominations in 1988 and 1989. When "Boss" closed shop in 1992, Helmond moved into a recurring role on "Coach" (ABC, 1989-1997) as the owner of a fictional football team, and on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1995-2005), where she and Robert Culp played the well-heeled parents of Patricia Heaton's Debra Barone. Helmond earned her seventh and final Emmy nomination for "Raymond," and remained active on television and stage and in the occasional feature for the next decade. She provided the voice of a weathered automobile in "Cars" (2006) and its two sequels (2011 and 2017), and enjoyed guest turns on "Providence" (NBC, 1999-2004) and "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-2014), among numerous other projects. Helmond logged her final screen appearance in the 2018 feature "Frank and Ava" (2018) before succumbing to complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Los Angeles on February 23, 2019 at the age of 89.

      Highest rated movies

      Brazil poster Brazil Family Plot poster
      Family Plot
      Time Bandits poster
      Time Bandits
      Inside Monkey Zetterland poster
      Inside Monkey Zetterland
      Collaborator poster
      Collaborator
      Lady in White poster
      Lady in White
      Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas poster Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Overboard poster Overboard

      Photos

      LADY IN WHITE, Katherine Helmond, Lukas Haas, 1988 LADY IN WHITE, Katherine Helmond, Lukas Haas, 1988 BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, 1985. (c) Universal Pictures. BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, 1985. (c) Universal Pictures. FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, Katherine Helmond, 1998, © Universal FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, Katherine Helmond, 1998, © Universal OVERBOARD, Katherine Helmond, 1987, (c)MGM OVERBOARD, Katherine Helmond, 1987, (c)MGM TIME BANDITS, Peter Vaughan, Katherine Helmond, 1981, (c) Avco Embassy TIME BANDITS, Peter Vaughan, Katherine Helmond, 1981, (c) Avco Embassy TIME BANDITS, Katherine Helmond, Peter Vaughan and Director/producer Terry Gilliam on set, 1981 TIME BANDITS, Katherine Helmond, Peter Vaughan and Director/producer Terry Gilliam on set, 1981 BRAZIL, Jim Broadbent, Katherine Helmond, 1985 BRAZIL, Jim Broadbent, Katherine Helmond, 1985 BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, Jim Broadbent, 1985 BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, Jim Broadbent, 1985 BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, Jim Broadbent, 1985 BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, Jim Broadbent, 1985 BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, 1985 BRAZIL, Katherine Helmond, 1985 LADY IN WHITE, Katherine Helmond, 1988, (c)New Century Vista Films LADY IN WHITE, Katherine Helmond, 1988, (c)New Century Vista Films OVERBOARD, Roddy McDowall, Katherine Helmond, 1987, ©MGM/courtesy Everett OVERBOARD, Roddy McDowall, Katherine Helmond, 1987, ©MGM/courtesy Everett BRAZIL, Jim Broadbent, Katherine Helmond, Jonathan Pryce, 1985. (c) Universal Pictures. BRAZIL, Jim Broadbent, Katherine Helmond, Jonathan Pryce, 1985. (c) Universal Pictures. LADY IN WHITE, Lukas Haas, Katherine Helmond, 1988, (c)New Line Century Vista LADY IN WHITE, Lukas Haas, Katherine Helmond, 1988, (c)New Line Century Vista Harry's Law, Katherine Helmond (L), Fyvush Finkel (C), Christopher McDonald (R), 'The Rematch', Season 2, Ep. #6, 11/02/2011, ©NBC Harry's Law, Katherine Helmond (L), Fyvush Finkel (C), Christopher McDonald (R), 'The Rematch', Season 2, Ep. #6, 11/02/2011, ©NBC Harry's Law, Katherine Helmond (L), Fyvush Finkel (C), Christopher McDonald (R), 'The Rematch', Season 2, Ep. #6, 11/02/2011, ©NBC Harry's Law, Katherine Helmond (L), Fyvush Finkel (C), Christopher McDonald (R), 'The Rematch', Season 2, Ep. #6, 11/02/2011, ©NBC Harry's Law, Katherine Helmond, 'The Rematch', Season 2, Ep. #6, 11/02/2011, ©NBC Harry's Law, Katherine Helmond, 'The Rematch', Season 2, Ep. #6, 11/02/2011, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      73% 61% Collaborator Irene Longfellow (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 74% A Grandpa for Christmas Roxie (Character) - 2007
      75% 80% Cars Lizzie (Voice) - 2006
      No Score Yet 32% Beethoven's 5th Cora Wilkens (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 33% Mr. St. Nick Carlotta (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 14% Living in Fear Mrs. Ford (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 23% The Perfect Nanny Mrs. McBride (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale Shatzie (Character) - 2000
      50% 89% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel (Character) $10.6M 1998
      No Score Yet 55% Ms. Scrooge Maude Marley (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 20% The Spy Within Dr. Pamela Schilling (Character) - 1995
      75% 58% Inside Monkey Zetterland Honor Zetterland (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deception: A Mother's Secret Geena Milner (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Will I Be Loved? Barbara Patterson (Character) - 1990
      69% 69% Lady in White Amanda (Character) $282.7K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Save the Dog! Unknown (Character) - 1988
      46% 74% Overboard Edith Mintz (Character) $23.9M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadey Lady Constance Landau (Character) $1.9K 1986
      98% 90% Brazil Mrs. Ida Lowry (Character) $3.7M 1985
      No Score Yet 77% World War III Dorothy Longworth (Character) - 1982
      91% 77% Time Bandits Mrs. Ogre (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scout's Honor Pearl Bartlett (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker Elaine Thurston (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Married Vera Lesser (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Blue Marine Mrs. Hudkins (Character) - 1976
      92% 62% Family Plot Mrs. Maloney (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wanted: The Sundance Woman Mattie Riley (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 30% James Dean Claire Folger (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 84% The Legend of Lizzie Borden Emma Borden (Character) - 1975
      33% 38% The Hindenburg Mrs. Mildred Breslau (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cage Without a Key Mrs. Little (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Nobody Wanted Mrs. Bittner (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant Nurse Katherine Gunther (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other Woman Liz Cunningham (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Locusts Claire Fletcher (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Max Libby Oppel (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry Maureen Whitten (Character) - 1974

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Doris Sherman (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1995-1997 2023
      No Score Yet 86% Everybody Loves Raymond Lois Whelan (Guest Star) 1996 1998-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys Unknown (Guest Voice) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Hedda Hopper (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Mona Robinson (Character) 1984-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls on Top Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Benson Unknown (Guest Star),
      Director
      1983-1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet 92% Soap Unknown (Character) 1977-1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Dr. Harkens (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Forrester Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Middy (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Martha Cole (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoop Sisters Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Dr. Webster (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam's Rib Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ena Spratt (Guest Star) 1972