Katherine Helmond

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Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond.jpg
Katherine Helmond at the 41st Emmy Awards in September 1989
BornKatherine Marie Helmond
(1929-07-05) July 5, 1929 (age 85)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1955–present
Spouse(s)George N. Martin (1957–1962; divorced)
David Christian (1962–present)
 
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Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond.jpg
Katherine Helmond at the 41st Emmy Awards in September 1989
BornKatherine Marie Helmond
(1929-07-05) July 5, 1929 (age 85)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1955–present
Spouse(s)George N. Martin (1957–1962; divorced)
David Christian (1962–present)

Katherine Marie Helmond (born July 5, 1929)[1] is an American film, theater and television actress, who played Emily Dickinson on Meeting of Minds, as well as fictional television characters, for which she is best known, including Jessica Tate on Soap, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, Doris Sherman on Coach, and Lois Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Helmond appeared in The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975), as Emma Borden, the title character's sister. 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 in Soap (1977–81) on ABC. From 1984 to 1992 she played the role of Mona Robinson on the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss? The show was a ratings success, running for eight seasons and finishing in the Nielsen 'Top 10' four straight years. In 1993, she appeared in one episode of the British version of Who's the Boss?, The Upper Hand.[2] 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's The Glades.

Personal life[edit]

Helmond was born in Galveston, Texas in 1929 (some sources incorrectly cite 1928),[citation needed] the only child of Joseph P. and Thelma (née Malone) Helmond. She was raised by her mother and grandmother, both devout Catholics. She attended a Catholic primary school[3] and appeared in numerous school plays. After her stage debut in As You Like It, she began working in New York in 1955. She later operated a summer theatre in the Catskills for three seasons and taught acting in university theatre programs. She made her television debut in 1962, but would not achieve fame until the 1970s.[citation needed] She also acted onstage, earning a Tony nomination for her performance on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown (1973).

Helmond appeared in such feature films as Family Plot (1976) and Brazil (1985), playing the mother of Jonathan Pryce's character. In 1983, she studied at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop, and went on to direct four episodes of the television series Benson, as well as one episode of Who's the Boss? (1984). 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 has continued working, receiving acclaim for her stage performance in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues.[when?]

Family[edit]

In 1957, Helmond married George N. Martin. After their divorce she married her second husband, David Christian; the couple have been together since 1962. She has no children. They have owned homes in Los Angeles, New York City, Long Island and London. She and her husband are practicing Buddhists.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1971Believe in MeSaleslady
The HospitalMrs. Marilyn Mead
1975The HindenburgMrs. Mildred Breslau
1976Family PlotMrs. Maloney
Baby Blue MarineMrs. Hudkins
1981Time BanditsMrs. Ogre
1985BrazilMrs. Ida Lowry
ShadeyLady Constance LandauBritish film
1987OverboardEdith Mintz
1988Lady in WhiteAmanda HarperNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress (1990)
1992Inside Monkey ZetterlandHonor Zetterland
1993Amore!Mildred Schwartz
1994The Flight of the DoveDr. Pamela Schillinga.k.a. The Spy Within
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasDesk Clerk at Mint Hotel
2000The Perfect NannyMrs. McBride
2001Living in FearMrs. Ford
2002Black HoleMartha Truesdale
2003Beethoven's 5thCrazy Cora WilkensDirect-to-video film
2006CarsLizzieVoice role
2007The StrandIsabelleDirect-to-video film
2011Cars 2LizzieVoice role
CollaboratorIrene Longfellow
2012The LoraxJacquelineVoice role
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1962Car 54, Where Are You?Betty Lou Creco (uncredited)1 episode
1972GunsmokeEna Spratt1 episode
1973Adam's RibMartha Layne1 episode
The Bob Newhart ShowDr. Webster1 episode
The ABC Afternoon PlaybreakLiz Cunningham1 episode
1974The Autobiography of Miss Jane PittmanLady at HouseTV film
The Snoop SistersCissy Prine1 episode
Dr. MaxLibby OppelTV film
Hec RamseyEmily1 episode
LarryMaureen WhittenTV film
MannixMartha Cole1 episode
LocustsClaire FletcherTV film
Medical CenterRachel1 episode
1974–75The RookiesJoyce Lanson / Molly Phillips2 episodes
1975The Legend of Lizzie BordenEmma BordenTV film
The Family Nobody WantedMrs. BittnerTV film
Cage Without a KeyMrs. LittleTV film
The First 36 Hours of Dr. DurantNurse Katherine GuntherTV pilot
Barnaby JonesEdna Morrison1 episode
Harry OAnne Kershaw1 episode
The Six Million Dollar ManMiddy1 episode
1976The Blue Knight1 episode
James DeanClaire FolgerTV film
PetrocelliNancy Berwick1 episode
Joe Forrester1 episode
Wanted: The Sundance WomanMattie RileyTV film
a.k.a. Mrs. Sundance Rides Again
VisionsAunt Sara1 episode
Spencer's PilotsElly1 episode
1977Little Ladies of the NightMiss ColbyTV film
a.k.a. Diamond Alley
The Bionic WomanDr. Harkens2 episodes
Meeting of MindsEmily Dickinson2 episodes
1978Getting MarriedVera LesserTV film
PearlMrs. Sally Colton, MadamTV miniseries
1979$weepstake$Lynn1 episode
Diary of a Teenage HitchhikerElaine ThurstonTV film
1980Scout's HonorPearl BartlettTV film
1977–81SoapJessica Tate85 episodes
Won — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1980)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1978)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1979)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1980)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1981)
1982World War IIIDorothy LongworthTV miniseries
For Lovers OnlyBea WinchellTV film
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney StoryFrances ClooneyTV film
1979–83BensonJessica Tate2 episodes
also as director
1983Faerie Tale TheatreJack's mother1 episode
Fantasy IslandLaura Walters / George Walters1 episode
1984Not in Front of the KidsMillie RosenTV film
1985Comedy FactoryMildred Deegan1 episode
1981–86The Love BoatVivian / Harriet Darnell Stevens3 episodes
1986Charmed LivesMona Robinson1 episode
Girls on TopGoldie DuPont1 episode
Christmas SnowWidow MutteranceTV film
1988Save the Dog!TV film
a.k.a. Go for Broke
1990When Will I Be Loved?Barbara PattersonTV film
1991The Perfect TributeFarm WomanTV film
Deception: A Mother's SecretGeena MilnerTV film
a.k.a. Tell Me No Lies
1984–92Who's the Boss?Mona Robinson196 episodes
Won — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1989)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1986)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1988)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1989)
Nominated — TV Land Award for Favorite Mother-in-Law (2005)
1992Grass RootsEmma CarrTV film
Batman: The Animated SeriesConnie Stromwell1 episode
Voice role
1993The Elvira ShowAunt MinervaUnknown episodes
The Upper HandMadame Alexandra1 episode
1995Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor StoryHedda HopperTV film
1995–97CoachDoris Sherman11 episodes
1997Ms. ScroogeMaude MarleyTV film
1999The Wild ThornberrysDugong1 episode
Voice role
ProvidenceRose Bidwell2 episodes
2000Strong MedicineCicely Nordeco1 episode
How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas TaleShatzieTV film
2002Mr. St. NickQueen CarlottaTV film
1996–2004Everybody Loves RaymondLois Whelan14 episodes
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2002)
2007A Grandpa for ChristmasRoxie FamosaTV film
2010The GladesEvelyn1 episode
Melissa & JoeyMrs. Geller1 episode
2011True BloodCaroline Bellefleur1 episode
2011Harry's LawMrs. Gold1 episode
2012Cars Toons: Mater's Tall TalesLizzie1 episode ("Time Travel Mater")

Award nominations[edit]

She 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.[citation needed]


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