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Also Known As: Catherine Marie Helmond Died:
Born: July 5, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Galveston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, director, acting teacher, secretary

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Most noted for playing outspoken, bawdy or endearingly ditzy matriarchs, actress Katherine Helmond enjoyed a career lengthier and more diverse than her beloved television roles might have suggested. After more than a decade of scattered parts in film and on television, the classically trained stage actress earned a 1973 Tony Award for her performance in Eugene O'Neill's "The Great God Brown." Following her work on TV movies like "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (CBS, 1974) and "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC, 1975), Helmond landed her breakout role as the spacey Jessica Tate on the envelope-pushing sitcom "Soap" (ABC, 1977-1981), earning the actress her first Golden Globe in 1980. Tapping into her inner "grotesque," Helmond collaborated with filmmaker Terry Gilliam for a pair of horrifyingly hilarious appearances in "Time Bandits" (1981) and "Brazil" (1985). Offbeat mothers seemed to be her bread and butter, and she successfully modulated her Jessica character for roles on "Who's The Boss" (ABC, 1984-1992) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). Continuing to work well into her eighties, she lent her talents to such diverse projects as the animated Disney-Pixar blockbuster "Cars"...

Most noted for playing outspoken, bawdy or endearingly ditzy matriarchs, actress Katherine Helmond enjoyed a career lengthier and more diverse than her beloved television roles might have suggested. After more than a decade of scattered parts in film and on television, the classically trained stage actress earned a 1973 Tony Award for her performance in Eugene O'Neill's "The Great God Brown." Following her work on TV movies like "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (CBS, 1974) and "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC, 1975), Helmond landed her breakout role as the spacey Jessica Tate on the envelope-pushing sitcom "Soap" (ABC, 1977-1981), earning the actress her first Golden Globe in 1980. Tapping into her inner "grotesque," Helmond collaborated with filmmaker Terry Gilliam for a pair of horrifyingly hilarious appearances in "Time Bandits" (1981) and "Brazil" (1985). Offbeat mothers seemed to be her bread and butter, and she successfully modulated her Jessica character for roles on "Who's The Boss" (ABC, 1984-1992) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). Continuing to work well into her eighties, she lent her talents to such diverse projects as the animated Disney-Pixar blockbuster "Cars" (2006) and the gore and sex soaked vampire soap opera "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-14). Whether playing a delightfully addled socialite, a plastic surgery addict in the dystopian future, or a sexually voracious grandmother, Helmond brought her uniquely manic and seemingly inexhaustible energy to each and every role.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cars 3 (2017)
2.
 Cars 2 (2011)
3.
 Collaborator (2011)
4.
 Christmas Snow (2010) Mrs Gertrude Mutterance
6.
 Cars (2006)
7.
 Mr. Saint Nick (2002) Carlotta
8.
 Perfect Nanny, The (2001) Mrs Mcbride
9.
 Living in Fear (2001) Mrs. Ford
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Born and raised in Galveston, Texas
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Began acting in high school and local theaters in her hometown
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First performance in a play, "Stage Door"
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Intial professional stage work with Houston Playhouse and Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas
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Moved to Northeast and joined several repertory companies including APA Theater, Trinity Rep, Hartford Stage and Phoenix Rep
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Opened summer stock theater in the Catskills in the 1950s
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Taught acting at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Brown University and Carnegie-Mellon University
1971:
Feature debut, "Believe in Me"
1973:
TV debut in anthology series pilot, "ABC's Matinee Today"
1974:
Debut in a TV-movie, "Locusts"
1976:
Starring role in a TV-movie, "Wanted: The Sundance Woman"
1977:
Debut as star of TV sitcom, "Soap"
1978:
Debut in a miniseries, "Pearl"
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Formed production company with husband, Taur-Can, Inc.
1981:
Leading role in British made feature, "Time Bandits"
1983:
Accepted into AFI's Directing Workshop for Women
1984:
Debut as director, "The Bankrupt" (date approximate)
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Regular role on a TV series, "Who's The Boss?"
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Debut as TV sitcom director, "Who's The Boss?"
1988:
First feature in a starring role, "Lady in White"
1995:
Joined cast of ABC sitcom "Coach" in a recurring role
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Education

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1982
American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women: Los Angeles , California - 1983

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husband:
David Christian. Sculptor, painter, set designer. Met summer of 1962 at Hampton Playhouse, New Hampshire; fellow Texan.

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father:
Patrick Joseph Helmond.
mother:
Thelma Louise Helmond. Poet.
sister:
Jo Ann Helmond. Born on May 16, 1932.

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