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Katherine Helmond

Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss ?

Photos Katherine Helmond Birth name: Katherine Helmond
Birth date: 1929/07/05
Date of death : 2019/02/23 (90 years old)
Birth place : Galveston (USA)
Height: 1.57 m

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Biography for Katherine Helmond

Katherine Helmond (born July 5, 1934 as Catherine Marie Helmond in Galveston, Texas) is an American film and television actress.

Helmond is known for her role as Jessica Tate, the matriarch from the TV sitcom Soap. She was a lead player on the series from 1977 until it was cancelled in 1981. She later starred as Mona Robinson in the sitcom Who's the Boss?.

More recently she has guest starred on Everybody Loves Raymond as Ray's mother-in-law. She also appeared in the 1985 film Brazil as Mrs. Ida Lowry, a plastic surgery and youth-obsessed mother of the principal character Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce).

It was in 1971 that she started in Arthur Hiller's hospital with George C. Scott and Diana Rigg. The same year, she turned in Believe in Me with Jacqueline Bisset. Subsequently, the actress only played in TV movies until 1975, where under the direction of Robert Wise, she went on board the Zeppelin. A year later, it was the immense Alfred Hitchcock who hires him for a family plot. In 1977, she discovered the joys of the sitcom with Soap, parody of the Soap-Opera where she crosses Billy Crystal and Robert Urich. The series earned him a Golden Globe. In 1978, she turned in the mini-series, Pearl then in 1981, she met Terry Gilliam on the set of the delusional bandits. The actress continues to shoot in various TV movies, then in 1984, she became the hectic mona. A role that goes to delight her and she leaves from time to time to play in feature films. She thus finds Terry Gilliam in the Kafkaïen Brazil. When the series stops, the actress turns out to be less prolific, is forgotten and plays on rare occasions. In 1998, we recognized it in Las Vegas Parano… by Terry Gilliam!

Katherine Marie Helmond is an American actress born on July 5, 1929 in Galveston, Texas. She was trained in the theater and dance before starting her acting career in Broadway in the 1950s. She won a Tony Award in 1975 for her performance in the musical "The Great God Brown".

Helmond is best known for his roles on television, especially in the series "who is the mistress of my house?" and "Soap". In the first, she embodies the divorced and independent mother Jessica Tate, while in the second, she plays the conservative and manipulative businessman Mona Robinson. She also played in the series "A nanny of hell" and in the sitcom "Alice".

Helmond also played in several films, notably "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam, "Time Bandits" and "The adventures of Baron de Munchausen" by Gilliam, as well as in "The Magician of Oz" by Victor Fleming. In addition to her Tony Award, she was also appointed for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in "Soap".

Helmond has been married to David Christian since 1951 and they have a daughter, Elizabeth. She continued to work as an actress until her death in 2019, at the age of 89.


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Title Role
Big Paw: Beethoven 5 (2003) (V) Crazy Cora Wilkens
Mr. St. Nick (2002) (TV) Queen Carlotta
Living in Fear (2001) Mrs. Ford
Perfect Nanny, The (2000) Mrs. McBride
How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale (2000) (TV) Shatzie
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
Ms. Scrooge (1997) (TV) Maude Marley
Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair (1996) (VG) Ma Cavello
Coach (1989) Serie TV Doris Elizabeth Sherman (1995-1997)
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) (TV) Hedda Hopper
Flight of the Dove, The (1994) Dr. Pamela Schilling
Amore! (1993) Mildred Schwartz
Elvira Show, The (1993) Serie TV Aunt Minerva
Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992) Honor Zetterland
Grass Roots (1992) (TV) Emma Carr
Deception: A Mother's Secret (1991) (TV) Geena Milner
Perfect Tribute, The (1991) (TV) Farm Woman
When Will I Be Loved? (1990) (TV) Barbara Patterson
Save the Dog! (1988) (TV)
Lady in White (1988) Amanda
Overboard (1987) Edith Mintz
Christmas Snow (1986) (TV) Widow Mutterance
Shadey (1985) Lady Constance Landau
Brazil (1985) Mrs. Ida Lowry
Madame est servie (1984) Serie TV Mona Robinson
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982) (TV) Frances Clooney
For Lovers Only (1982) (TV) Bea Winchell
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982) Serie TV Jack's Mother
World War III (1982) (TV) Dorothy Longworth
Time Bandits (1981) Mrs. Ogre
Scout's Honor (1980) (TV) Pearl Bartlett
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker (1979) (TV) Elaine Thurston
Pearl (1978) (mini) Serie TV Mrs. Sally Colton, Madam
Getting Married (1978) (TV) Vera Lesser
Soap (1977) Serie TV Jessica Tate
Little Ladies of the Night (1977) (TV) Miss Colby
Wanted: The Sundance Woman (1976) (TV) Mattie Riley
Baby Blue Marine (1976) Mrs. Hudkins
Family Plot (1976) Mrs. Maloney
James Dean (1976) (TV) Claire Folger
Hindenburg, The (1975) Mrs. Mildred Breslau
First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant, The (1975) (TV) Nurse Katherine Gunther
Cage Without a Key (1975) (TV) Mrs. Little
Family Nobody Wanted, The (1975) (TV) Mrs. Bittner
Legend of Lizzie Borden, The (1975) (TV) Emma Borden
Locusts (1974) (TV) Claire Fletcher
Larry (1974) (TV) Maureen Whitten
Dr. Max (1974) (TV) Libby Oppel
Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, The (1974) (TV) Lady at House
Believe in Me (1971) Saleslady
Hospital, The (1971) Marilyn Mead


Of Irish Catholic extraction on the side of her late mother, Thelma Malone.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Great God Brown."


Spouse : David Christian (1962 - present), George N. Martin (1957 - ?) (divorced)

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