Katherine Helmond

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Katherine Helmond
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Helmond at the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards in 1989
Born
Katherine Marie Helmond

(1929-07-05)July 5, 1929
DiedFebruary 23, 2019(2019-02-23) (aged 89)
OccupationActress
Years active1955–2018
Known for Soap
Who's the Boss?
Spouse(s)
George N. Martin
(m. 1957;div. 1962)

David Christian
(m. 1962)

Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1929 – February 23, 2019) was an American actress. Over her five decades of television acting, she was known for her starring role as ditzy matriarch Jessica Tate on the sitcom Soap (1977–1981) and her co-starring role as feisty mother Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss? (1984–1992). Helmond also appeared in a 1993 episode of The Upper Hand , the British version of Who's the Boss?. She also played Doris Sherman on Coach and Lois Whelan (the mother of Debra Barone) on Everybody Loves Raymond . She also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows.

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Helmond had supporting roles in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) and Garry Marshall's Overboard (1987). [1] She also voiced Lizzie in the Cars film franchise by Disney/Pixar between 2006 and 2017.

Early life

Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas, the only child of Joseph P. Helmond and Thelma (née Malone). [1] She was raised by her mother and grandmother, both devout Catholics. She attended a Catholic primary school and appeared in school plays. [1]

For a semester she attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and appeared in its film (Unusual Films Production) Wine of Morning. [1]

Career

After her stage debut in As You Like It , Helmond began working in New York City in 1955. [1] She later ran a summer theatre in the Catskills for three seasons and taught acting in university theatre programs. [1] She made her television debut in 1962, but did not achieve a high profile until the 1970s. [1] She also acted on stage, earning a Tony award nomination for her performance on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown (1973). [2] Her other appearances in Broadway productions included roles in Private Lives , Don Juan and Mixed Emotions. [3]

Helmond appeared in such feature films as Family Plot (1976), Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985), in which she played the mother of Jonathan Pryce's character. In 1983, she studied at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop. She picked up Emmy nominations for her role as Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss and as Lois Whelan in Everybody Loves Raymond. She also received acclaim for her stage performance in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues . [4]

Helmond appeared in The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) as Emma Borden, the title character's sister. [1] She appeared in an episode of the short-lived 1976 CBS adventure series, Spencer's Pilots , starring Gene Evans. Helmond gained prominence as Jessica Tate, the ditzy matriarch of the Tate family in Soap (1977–1981) on ABC. [1] From 1984 to 1992, she played the role of Mona Robinson on the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?. [1]

From 1995 to 1997, she starred in the ABC sitcom Coach as Doris Sherman, eccentric owner of the fictional Orlando Breakers professional football team. From 1996 to 2004, she had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond as Lois Whelan (Ray Barone's mother-in-law). On July 25, 2010, she guest-starred on A&E Network's The Glades and as Caroline Bellefleur on HBO's True Blood . [1]

Award nominations

Helmond was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on Soap four times in a row (1978–1981) as Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In 1988 and 1989, she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Who's the Boss?. In 2002, she was nominated as Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Everybody Loves Raymond. [5] She won two Golden Globe awards for Who's the Boss? and Soap. [2]

Personal life

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Katherine Helmond in 1979

In 1957, Helmond married George N. Martin. After their divorce in 1962, she married her second husband, David Christian; they remained married until her death, residing in Los Angeles, New York City, Long Island and London. [2] She and her husband had a history as students of Zen. [6] [7]

Death

Helmond died on February 23, 2019 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at her home in Los Angeles, aged 89. [8] [2] Her death was announced a week later. [9]

Selected filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1971 Believe in Me Saleslady
The Hospital Mrs. Marilyn Mead
1975 The Hindenburg Mrs. Mildred Breslau
1976 Family Plot Mrs. Maloney
1981 Time Bandits Mrs. Ogre
1985 Brazil Mrs. Ida Lowry
Shadey Lady Constance LandauBritish film
1987 Overboard Edith Mintz
1988 Lady in White Amanda HarperNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress (1990)
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Honor Zetterland
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
2006 Cars Lizzie Voice role [2]
2011 Cars 2 Voice role [2]
2017 Cars 3 Voice role [2]
2018Frank and AvaBetty BurnsFinal film role [10]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1962 Car 54, Where Are You? Betty Lou Creco (uncredited)1 episode
1973 The Bob Newhart Show Dr. A.J. Webster1 episode
1974 Mannix A Fine Day for Dying Martha
1974 The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Lady at HouseTV film
1974 Larry Maureen WhittenTV film
1975 The Legend of Lizzie Borden Emma Borden TV film
1975 The Six Million Dollar Man MiddyEpisode: "The White Lightning War" [11]
1977–81 Soap Jessica Tate85 episodes
Won — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1980) [2]
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1978–1981) [12] [13] [14] [15]
1979–83 Benson Jessica Tate2 episodes
also as director
1982Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney StoryFrances ClooneyTV film
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Jack's mother1 episode
1984–92 Who's the Boss? Mona Robinson196 episodes
Won — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1989) [2]
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1986) [16]
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1988–1989) [17] [18]
1993 The Upper Hand Madame Alexandra1 episode "Tunnel of Love"
1995–97 Coach Doris Sherman11 episodes
1996–2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Lois Whelan14 episodes
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2002) [2]
2002 Mr. St. Nick Queen CarlottaTV film
2007 A Grandpa for Christmas Roxanne "Roxie" RitterTV film
2010 The Glades Evelyn1 episode
Melissa & Joey Mrs. Geller1 episode
2011 True Blood Caroline Bellefleur1 episode
Harry's Law Mrs. Gold1 episode
2012 Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales Lizzie (voice)Episode: "Time Travel Mater" [2]

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