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Helen Shaver

Rachel Corrigan in Poltergeist: The Legacy

Photos Helen Shaver Birth name: Helen Shaver
Birth date: 1952/02/24 (71 years old)
Birth place : Saint Thomas, Ontario, Canada

French Traduire

Biography for Helen Shaver

This Canadian actress started acting as a late teen in theatre, receiving critical acclaim in her homeland over the years. Hollywood has not been as generous. Although she has worked alongside some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy in Best Defense (1984), Tom Cruise and Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986), Martin Sheen in The Believers (1987), and Peter Boyle in Born to Be Wild (1995/I), it has been her gutsy, more potent portrayals back home that have reaped the trophies and respect. So far she has won bookend Genie Awards for both "Best Actress" in In Praise of Older Women (1978)and "Supporting Actress" in We All Fall Down (2000). Helen has always courted controversy, none more so than for her sexually-charged role in the afore-mentioned film In Praise of Older Women and for her later performance in Desert Hearts (1985) which featured a torrid lesbian love scene that is still considered one of the most erotic in movie history. Helen eventually stepped behind the camera, directing television segments of "The Outer Limits," "Judging Amy" and "Joan of Arcadia" among many others. Raised in a small town just outside of Toronto, Ontario with her five sisters, Helen suffered from rheumatic fever as a child and was forced to spend six months of each year in bed. She says this triggered her imagination and desire to become an actress. In 1992 Helen received a Theatre World Award for her Broadway stage role in "Jake's Women." Her third husband is key grip Steve Smith and they have one son.

She made her American start in a TV sitcom in the 80s in the United States. It is requested in films and theater productions in the United States and Canada.

Helen Shaver is a Canadian actress born January 24, 1951 in St. Thomas, Ontario. She made her debut in theater and cinema in the 1970s and became famous thanks to her performances in films such as "The Color of Money" (1986) and "The Shaggy Dog" (2006). Shaver also won an Emmy for his performance in the television series "The Lifespan of A Fact" in 2020.


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Title Role
Numb (2007/I) Audrey
The 4400 Barbara Yates (2 episodes, 2004)
The Keeper (2004) Ruthie
The L Word Faye Buckley (2 episodes, 2004)
D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear (2003) (TV) Sandy Moose
The Risen (2003) (TV) Lynn Todd
The Education of Max Bickford (2001) TV Series Erica Bettis (unknown episodes)
We All Fall Down (2000) Sherry
Common Ground (2000) (TV) Janet
Bear with Me (2000) Sara Bradley
The First Gentleman (1999) (TV) Marjorie Litchfield
The Wishing Tree (1999) Wallis
Poltergeist: The Legacy Rachel Corrigan, MD (33 episodes, 1996-1998)
The Sweetest Gift (1998) (TV) Mrs. Martin
Dead Man's Gun Dianna McKinney (1 episode, 1997)
Trial & Error (1997) (TV) Katherine Woodfield
The Craft (1996) Grace Downs
Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996) (V) Kate 'White' Reilly
Egg Salad (1996) Gladys
Rowing Through (1996) Slim
Born to Be Wild (1995/I) Margaret Heller
The Outer Limits Cathy Kress (1 episode, 1995)
Falling for You (1995) (TV) Mary
Open Season (1995) Rachel Rowen
Janek: The Silent Betrayal (1994) (TV) Monique Dessier
Without Consent (1994) (TV) Nora Fields
Ride with the Wind (1994) (TV) Katherine Barnes
The Forget-Me-Not Murders (1994) (TV) Monique
Morning Glory (1993) (TV) Lula Peaks
Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders (1993) (TV) Edie Ballew
Survive the Night (1993) (TV) Stacy
That Night (1992) Ann O'Connor
Fatal Memories (1992) (TV) Elaine Tipton
E.N.G. Sarah (1 episode, 1992)
Zebrahead (1992) Diane
Amazing Stories: Book Four (1992) (V) Karen (segment Mirror, Mirror)
WIOU Kelby Robinson (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
A Smile in the Dark (1991)
Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (1990) (TV) Vivian Dimitri
Pair of Aces (1990) (TV) Rose
Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990) Mrs. Dowd
Mothers, Daughters and Lovers (1989) (TV) Claire Nichols
Tree of Hands (1989) Benet Archdale
B.L. Stryker Diane Decker (1 episode, 1989)
B.L. Stryker: The Dancer's Touch (1989) (TV) Diane Dekker
The Land Before Time (1988) (voice) Littlefoot's Mother
The Ray Bradbury Theater Miss Haight (1 episode, 1988)
No Blame (1988) (TV) Amy Donaldson
The Believers (1987) Jessica Halliday
The Color of Money (1986) Janelle
The Men's Club (1986) (uncredited) Sarah
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Belle Delaguerra (1 episode, 1986)
Amazing Stories Karen (1 episode, 1986)
The Park Is Mine (1986) (TV) Valery
Lost! (1986) Linda
Many Happy Returns (1986) (TV) Sally robinson
Desert Hearts (1985) Vivian Bell
The War Boy (1985) Maria
Countdown to Looking Glass (1984) (TV) Dorian Waldorf
Best Defense (1984) Clair Lewis
Coming Out Alive (1984)
T.J. Hooker Lisa Jericho (1 episode, 1983)
The Osterman Weekend (1983) Virginia Tremayne
Harry Tracy, Desperado (1982) Catherine Tuttle
Hill Street Blues Teresa (4 episodes, 1982)
Off Your Rocker (1982) (TV) Miss Beecher
Between Two Brothers (1982) (TV) Susan Frazer
Jessica Novak (1981) TV Series Jessica Novak (unknown episodes)
Gas (1981) Rhonda
United States (1980) TV Series Libby Chapin (unknown episodes)
The Amityville Horror (1979) Carolyn
Overlanders (1979) (TV) Mrs. O'Mara
Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II (1978) (TV) Patty
In Praise of Older Women (1978) Ann MacDonald
High-Ballin' (1978) Pickup
Who Has Seen the Wind (1977) Ruth Thompson
Starship Invasions (1977) Betty Duncan
Search and Rescue (1977) TV Series Dr. Liz Warren
Outrageous! (1977) Jo
The Supreme Kid (1976) Girl hitch-hiker
Shoot (1976) Paula
Hombre desnudo, El (1976)
King of Kensington (1 episode, 1976)


Her direction of James Earl Jones in "Summer's End" led to a "Best Picture" award at the 1999 Chicago International Children's Film Festival and a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Special."

In Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996) (V), her character, Kate 'White' Reilly, is supposed to be a former Playboy centerfold model for October 1974. The actual Playmate for October of 1974 was Ester Cordet, a dark-skinned black-haired Panamanian whose appearance is very much different from the blonde Ms. Shaver's.

Received a phone call from legend Greta Garbo after the release of the film Desert Hearts. Garbo praised Helen's performance.

Met husband Steve Smith during the filming of Desert Hearts. She was the lead actress and he was the key grip.

Provided the uncredited voice of actress Deborah Shelton's character in Body Double.

Has a star on Canada's Walk Of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.

Plays the piano and is a proficient downhill skier.



Spouse : Steve Smith (9 October 1988 - present) 1 child, Steven Reuther (29 October 1979 - 1982) (divorced), Smith Rankin (? - ?) (divorced)

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 24/09/2007 by doudoune


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