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