Helgenberger at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
Mary Marg Helgenberger
November 16, 1958
Fremont, Nebraska, U.S.
|Other names||Mary Helgenberger|
|Known for||China Beach • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
(m. 1989;div. 2010)
Mary Marg Helgenberger (born November 16, 1958) is an American actress. She began her career in the early 1980s and first came to attention for playing the role of Siobhan Ryan on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope from 1982 to 1986. She is best known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–12, 2013, 2015) and the subsequent TV movie Immortality (2015) and as K.C. Koloski in the ABC drama China Beach (1988–91), which earned her the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Ryan's Hope is an American soap opera created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, originally airing for 13 years on ABC from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. It revolves around the trials and tribulations within a large Irish-American family in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Director Catherine Willows is a fictional character, portrayed by Marg Helgenberger, from the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Helgenberger made her franchise debut in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's first season episode "Pilot". Helgenberger received several award nominations for her portrayal of Catherine, including two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations.
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She is also known for roles in the TV series Under the Dome and Intelligence , and the films Species (1995), Species II (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), and Mr. Brooks (2007).
Under the Dome is an American science-fiction mystery drama television series. It premiered on CBS on June 24, 2013, and concluded on September 10, 2015. The series was developed by Brian K. Vaughan and based on Stephen King's 2009 novel of the same name.
Species is a 1995 American science fiction horror film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Dennis Feldman. It stars Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg Helgenberger. The film's plot concerns a motley crew of scientists and government agents who try to track down Sil (Henstridge), a seductive extraterrestrial-human hybrid, before she successfully mates with a human male.
Species II is a 1998 American science fiction horror thriller film directed by Peter Medak. The film is a sequel to Species (1995) and the second installment in the Species series. The film stars Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, and Marg Helgenberger, all of whom reprise their roles from the first film. The plot has Patrick Ross, the astronaut son of a senator, being infected by an extraterrestrial virus during a mission to Mars and causing the deaths of many women upon his return. To stop him, the scientists who created the human-extraterrestrial hybrid Sil in the original Species try using a more docile clone of hers, Eve (Henstridge).
Helgenberger was born in Fremont, Nebraska, to Mary Kay (née Bolte), a nurse, and Hugh Helgenberger, a meat inspector.She was raised in North Bend, Nebraska, where she graduated from North Bend Central High School. Helgenberger is of Irish and German descent and had a Roman Catholic upbringing. She has one older sister named Ann and a younger brother named Curt. Helgenberger played the French horn in her high school marching band. Until she went to college, Helgenberger aspired to be a nurse like her mother, but attended Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) in Kearney, Nebraska, then attended Northwestern University's School of Speech in Evanston, Illinois, (now the School of Communication) and earned a B.S. degree in speech and drama.
Fremont is a city in Dodge County in the eastern portion of the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 26,397 at the 2010 census. Fremont is the county seat and the home of Midland University.
North Bend is a city in Dodge County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,177 at the 2010 census.
The French horn is a brass instrument made of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. The double horn in F/B♭ is the horn most often used by players in professional orchestras and bands. A musician who plays a French horn is known as a horn player or hornist.
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Helgenberger began as a nightly weather person at KHGI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Kearney, while attending college (her name was changed by the producer to Margi McCarty). During the summer, she also worked as a deboner at her father's meatpacking plant. After portraying the role of Blanche Dubois in a university production of A Streetcar Named Desire , she developed an interest in acting.
KHGI-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Kearney, Nebraska, United States, serving most of central and western Nebraska and the northern third of Kansas. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a duopoly with Lincoln-licensed Fox affiliate KFXL-TV. The two stations share studios on Nebraska Highway 44 in Axtell, about 14 miles (23 km) south of Kearney; KHGI also operates a secondary studio at the Conestoga Mall in Grand Island. The station's transmitter is located near Lowell, Nebraska.
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While performing in a summer 1981 NU campus production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew , where she played Kate, Helgenberger was spotted by a scout for the TV soap opera Ryan's Hope . Soon after completing college, Helgenberger landed her first professional role on the long-running ABC Daytime soap opera in March 1982, playing amateur cop Siobhan Ryan Novak DuBujak, a role previously played by Ann Gillespie. After nearly four years, Helgenberger left the show in January 1986 to pursue new opportunities.
ABC Daytime is a division responsible for the daytime programming block on the ABC Network and syndicated programming. The block has historically encompassed soap operas, game shows and talk shows.
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Helgenberger guest-starred in an episode of the ABC series Spenser: For Hire , NBC's Matlock , and ABC's thirtysomething. She also played a regular role as Natalie Thayer, opposite Margot Kidder and James Read, on the six-episode drama comedy series Shell Game (1987).
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Margaret Ruth Kidder, professionally known as Margot Kidder, was a Canadian-American actress, director, and activist whose career spanned over five decades. Her accolades include three Canadian Screen Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. Though she appeared in an array of films and television, Kidder is most widely known for her performance as Lois Lane in the Superman film series, appearing in the first four films.
She then had a role as Karen Charlene "K.C." Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute on the ABC war drama series China Beach from 1988 to 1991. The role earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1990.
In 1989, Helgenberger made her feature-film debut in a leading role as an all-night answering-service operator in one segment of the Wheat brothers' horror anthology After Midnight . She followed it up with a role in Steven Spielberg's romantic comedy-drama Always (starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman), a modern version of the original 1943 Victor Fleming film A Guy Named Joe .
During the early to mid-1990s, Helgenberger played the love interest to Woody Harrelson's character in The Cowboy Way (1994), and had a small role as Capt. Alison Sinclair in Michael Bay's action comedy film Bad Boys (1995). She also played Dr. Laura Baker, a molecular biologist, in Roger Donaldson's science-fiction thriller, Species (1995), and reprised the role in a sequel, Species II (1998).
Helgenberger had roles in the television films Not on the Frontline and In Sickness and in Health. She played opposite Bruno Kirby in I'll Be Waiting, and as a novelist on the miniseries Stephen King's The Tommyknockers opposite Jimmy Smits. After playing a recurring role as George Clooney's love interest on NBC's medical drama ER , Helgenberger appeared as David Caruso's sex-starved widow on Showtime's Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast. She starred with Steven Seagal in the 1997 action film Fire Down Below and portrayed the furious sibling to Steven Weber's character on the miniseries about the elusive Gulf War syndrome, Thanks of a Grateful Nation . She also starred opposite Ann-Margret in Showtime's Happy Face Murders .
In 2000, Helgenberger made a guest appearance in the Valentine's Day episode of Frasier , in which Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) finally wears down his dad Martin's resistance and gets the older man to accompany him to the opera. Actually, this invitation is but a smokescreen, so that Frasier can "accidentally" run into his newest dream girl Emily (Helgenberger).
Helgenberger co-starred in the role of Catherine Willows, a former show girl employed as a blood-spatter analyst on the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation . Her performance as the female lead has earned her two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe nominations. In 2005, her fellow cast members and she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. When CSI first started filming, Helgenberger visited the Clark County Coroner's Office to learn about her role, even viewing autopsies in progress. Helgenberger got the chance to act with her husband, Alan Rosenberg, when he guest-starred on CSI, season five ("Weeping Willows") and season seven ("Leaving Las Vegas").
During her time on the show, Helgenberger acted in the feature film Erin Brockovich and portrayed Patsy Ramsey on the miniseries about the mysterious murder of six-year-old beauty-pageant contestant JonBenét Ramsey in Perfect Murder, Perfect Town . She also starred as Dennis Quaid's wife and Scarlett Johansson's mother in writer-director Paul Weitz's romantic drama comedy In Good Company (2004).
In 2006, Helgenberger's hometown of North Bend, Nebraska, renamed the street on which Helgenberger had her childhood home "Helgenberger Avenue".
In 2007, she was in the film Mr. Brooks with Kevin Costner in which her character's daughter is played by Danielle Panabaker, the sister of Kay Panabaker, who plays her fictional daughter on CSI.
In April 2008, Helgenberger was chosen as an endorser of the Got Milk? campaign.
In December 2009, Forbes magazine placed Helgenberger third among primetime's top-earning women, with estimated earnings of $9.5 million, after Tyra Banks and Katherine Heigl.
Helgenberger received the 2,458th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 23, 2012, for her television work.
She lent her voice as Greek goddess Hera to the straight-to-video animated film Wonder Woman .
Following William Petersen's departure from CSI, Helgenberger became one of the two highest paid actors in any of the CSI franchises, earning $375,000 per episode, the same as David Caruso, and $25,000 more per episode than Laurence Fishburne.
Helgenberger only appeared in the first 12 episodes of the 12th season of CSI, as she wanted to return to the stage. The producers said they left the door open for Helgenberger if she wanted to return. Helgenberger left the show on January 25, 2012, during a two-part episode ("Ms. Willows Regrets" and "Willows in the Wind"). The last one was the most-watched episode of the season with 14.26 million viewers.
Helgenberger also starred as Lilian Strand in the series Intelligence alongside Josh Holloway and Meghan Ory.Additionally, she briefly returned to CSI as Catherine for the 300th episode. In February 2015, she joined the third season of Under the Dome.
In 1984, Helgenberger met Alan Rosenberg, a guest actor on Ryan's Hope . The two became friends and started dating in 1986. They married in 1989 and have one son, Hugh Howard Rosenberg (b. 1990), named after Helgenberger's late father. On December 1, 2008, the couple announced that they were separating, and on March 25, 2009, she filed for divorce.Their divorce was finalized in February 2010.
As a result of Helgenberger's mother's 27-year battle against breast cancer, Helgenberger and Rosenberg became involved in the fight against breast cancer and have hosted a benefit called Marg and Alan's Celebrity Weekend annually in Omaha since 1999.
|1994||The Cowboy Way||Margarette|
|1995||Just Looking||Darlene Carpenter|
|1995||Bad Boys||Capt. Alison Sinclair|
|1995||Species||Dr. Laura Baker|
|1996||Frame by Frame||Det. Rose Ekberg|
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Joanna||Uncredited Cameo|
|1997||Fire Down Below||Sarah Kellogg|
|1997||The Last Time I Committed Suicide||Lizzy|
|1998||Species II||Dr. Laura Baker|
|1999||Lethal Vows||Ellen Farris|
|2000||Erin Brockovich||Donna Jensen|
|2004||In Good Company||Ann Foreman|
|2007||Mr. Brooks||Mrs. Emma Brooks|
|2009||Conan: Red Nail||Princess Tascela|
|2019||A Dog's Journey||Hannah Montgomery|
|1982–86||Ryan's Hope||Siobhan Ryan||Contract role|
|1986||Spenser: For Hire||Nancy Kettering||Episode: "An Eye for an Eye"|
|1987||Shell Game||Natalie Thayer||6 episodes|
|1987||Matlock||Laura Norwood||Episode: "The Gambler"|
|1988–91||China Beach||Karen Charlene Koloski||Series regular (61 episodes)|
|1990||Blind Vengeance||Virginia Whitelaw||Movie|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Vicky||Episode: "Deadline"|
|1991||The Hidden Room||Jane||Episode: "A Friend in Need"|
|1991||Death Dreams||Crista Westfield||Movie|
|1992||In Sickness and in Health||Mickey||Movie|
|1992||Through the Eyes of a Killer||Laurie Fisher||Movie|
|1993||The Tommyknockers||Roberta "Bobbi" Anderson||Miniseries|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Eve Cressy||Episode: "I'll Be Waiting"|
|1993||The Seduction of John Hearn||Debbie Banister||Movie|
|1994||Lie Down with Lions||Kate Nessen||Movie|
|1994||Where Are My Children?||Vanessa Meyer Vernon Scott||Movie|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||Susan Elliot||Episode: "Nothing Personal"|
|1996||ER||Karen Hines||5 episodes|
|1997||Murder Live!||Pia Postman||Movie|
|1997||Gold Coast||Karen DiCilia||Movie|
|1998||Giving Up the Ghost||Anna Hobson||Movie|
|1998||Thanks of a Grateful Nation||Jerrilynn Folz||Movie|
|1999||Happy Face Murders||Jen Powell||Movie|
|2000||Frasier||Emily||Episode: "Out with Dad"|
|2000||Perfect Murder, Perfect Town||Patsy Ramsey||Movie|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Catherine Willows||Credit In 264 Episodes|
|2004||King of the Hill||Mrs. Hanover||Episode: "Hank's Back"|
|2014||Intelligence||Lilian Strand||Series regular (13 episodes)|
|2015||Under the Dome||Christine Price||Recurring|
|2017||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode: "Aerial Maneuvers"; Attended dinner service honoring the Stand Up to Cancer contributors|
|2019||All Rise||Judith||Series regular|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Catherine Willows|
|2004||CSI: Dark Motives||Catherine Willows|
The following is a list of accolades received by Helgenberger:
|AARP Movies for Grownups Awards||2005||Best Grownup Love Story (shared with Dennis Quaid )||In Good Company||Nominated|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||2001||Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama||Erin Brockovich||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||1991||Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||China Beach||Nominated|
|2002||Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|2003||Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||2005||Favorite Female Television Star||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||1990||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||China Beach||Won|
|1991||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||China Beach||Nominated|
|1992||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||China Beach||Nominated|
|2001||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||2002||Best Actress in a Series – Drama||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||2002||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|2004||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Won|
|TV Guide Awards||2001||Actress of the Year in a New Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nominated|
|Viewers for Quality Television Awards||1989||Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series||China Beach||Won|
|1990||Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series||China Beach||Won|
|1991||Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series||China Beach||Won|
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