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Katherine Helmond Biography, Wiki 2017

Katherine Marie Helmond was born on 5 July 1929, in Galveston, Texas USA, to Thelma and Joseph Helmond, of Irish Catholic descent. She is a film, theater and television actress and director, best known for her role in the soap opera sitcom “Soap”, and in the sitcoms “Who’s the Boss?”, “Coach” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

A full-fledged TV star, how wealthy is Katherine Helmond? According to sources, Helmond has acquired a net worth of over $5 million, as of early 2017. Her assets include homes in Las Angeles, Long Island, New York City and London. Her fortune has been accumulated during her acting career which began in the mid-‘50s.

Katherine Helmond Net Worth $5 Million

Helmond was raised by her mother and grandmother in Galveston, where she attended Ball High School. She developed an interest in acting during her primary school days, appearing in numerous school projects, and later working behind the scenes at a local theatre.

Helmond made her real stage debut in a production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and went on to work in theaters around New York during the ’50s and ’60s. She later ran a theatre in the Catskills, and worked as an acting teacher in various universities. Although she became involved in television in the ’60s, she failed to achieve any role that would bring her needed recognition.

The next decade saw Helmond receiving a Tony nomination for her performance on Broadway in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Great God Brown”. She then went on to land several supporting film parts such as in “Believe In Me”, “The Hospital” and “Family Plot”, and numerous television guest appearances, paving her way to a major role. Such a part came in 1977, when she was cast as Jessica Tate, the matriarch of the Tate family in the ABC prime time soap opera sitcom “Soap”. A night-time parody of daytime soap operas, the sitcom became extremely popular, putting Helmond in the hearts and minds of many fans. She remained on the show until its cancellation in 1981, earning four Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Aside from bringing her a great deal of recognition and fame, the show also considerably added to her wealth.

Helmond then enrolled in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop, and went on to gain some directing experience with four episodes of the television series “Benson” in 1983. The following year she was cast in the ABC sitcom “Who’s the Boss?”, playing Mona Robinson until the show’s end in 1992. Her performance of a liberated grandmother earned her two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe, greatly contributing to her popularity and to her net worth as well. Helmond also directed some episodes of the show.

As for the big screen, she starred as Mrs. Ida Lowry, the mother of Jonathan Pryce’s character, in the 1985 sci-fi film “Brazil”, and as Amanda Harper in the horror “Lady in White”, receiving a Saturn Award nomination for the latter project.

Helmond had a recurring role in the ABC sitcom “Coach”, playing Doris Sherman from 1995 to 1997. In 1996 she was cast in the recurring role of Lois Whelan, Patricia Heaton’s well-bred mother, in the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Both series reinforced the actress’ status among stars, improving her net worth considerably.

The 2000s saw Helmond making several television guest appearances, and taking parts in films like “Beethoven’s 5th” and “Collaborator”. Adding to her status as a TV favorite, she remained active on stage too, earning critical acclaim for her performance in “The Vagina Monologues”.

Speaking about her personal life, Helmond has married twice, firstly in 1957 to George N. Martin, then after their divorce in 1962, she married David Christian the same year – the couple has remained married ever since. The actress doesn’t have any children.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mater's Tall Tales2012TV Mini-SeriesLizzie
Harry's Law2011TV SeriesGloria Gold
Pound Puppies2011TV SeriesMildred
True Blood2011TV SeriesCaroline Bellefleur
Collaborator2011Irene Longfellow
Cars 22011Lizzie (voice)
Melissa & Joey2010TV SeriesMrs. Geller
The Glades2010TV SeriesEvelyn
Cars Mater-National2007Video GameLizzie (voice)
A Grandpa for Christmas2007TV MovieRoxie Famosa
The Strand2007VideoIsabelle
Cars2006Video GameLizzie (voice)
Cars2006Lizzie (voice)
Everybody Loves Raymond1996-2004TV SeriesLois Whelan
Beethoven's 5th2003VideoCrazy Cora Wilkens
Black Hole2002Martha Truesdale
Mr. St. Nick2002TV MovieCarlotta
Living in Fear2001TV MovieMrs. Ford
The Perfect Nanny2000Mrs. McBride
How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale2000TV MovieShatzie
Strong Medicine2000TV SeriesCicely Nordeco
Providence1999TV SeriesRose Bidwell
The Wild Thornberrys1999TV SeriesDugong
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas1998Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
Ms. Scrooge1997TV MovieMaude Marley
Coach1995-1997TV SeriesDoris Sherman
Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair1996Video GameMa Cavello (voice)
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story1995TV MovieHedda Hopper
The Spy Within1995Dr. Pamela Schilling
The Elvira Show1993TV SeriesAunt Minerva
Amore!1993Mildred Schwartz
The Upper Hand1993TV SeriesMadame Alexandra
Inside Monkey Zetterland1992Honor Zetterland
Batman: The Animated Series1992TV SeriesConnie Stromwell
Who's the Boss?1984-1992TV SeriesMona Robinson
Grass Roots1992TV MovieEmma Carr
Deception: A Mother's Secret1991TV MovieGeena Milner
The Perfect Tribute1991TV MovieFarm Woman
When Will I Be Loved?1990TV MovieBarbara Patterson
Lady in White1988Amanda
Save the Dog!1988TV Movie
Overboard1987Edith Mintz
Christmas Snow1986TV MovieWidow Mutterance
Girls on Top1986TV SeriesGoldie DuPont
The Love Boat1981-1986TV SeriesVivian Endler / Harriet Darnell Stevens
Charmed Lives1986TV SeriesMona Robinson
Shadey1985Lady Constance Landau
Comedy Factory1985TV SeriesMildred Deegan
Brazil1985Mrs. Ida Lowry
Not in Front of the Kids1984TV MovieMillie Rosen
Fantasy Island1983TV SeriesLaura Walters
Benson1979-1983TV SeriesJessica Tate
Faerie Tale Theatre1983TV SeriesJack's Mother
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story1982TV MovieFrances Clooney
For Lovers Only1982TV MovieBea Winchell
World War III1982TV MovieDorothy Longworth
Time Bandits1981Mrs. Ogre
Soap1977-1981TV SeriesJessica Tate
Scout's Honor1980TV MoviePearl Bartlett
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker1979TV MovieElaine Thurston
$weepstake$1979TV SeriesLynn
Pearl1978TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Sally Colton, Madam
Getting Married1978TV MovieVera Lesser
Meeting of Minds1977TV SeriesEmily Dickinson
The Bionic Woman1977TV SeriesDr. Harkens
Little Ladies of the Night1977TV MovieMiss Colby
Spencer's Pilots1976TV SeriesElly Hunt
Visions1976TV SeriesAunt Sara
Wanted: The Sundance Woman1976TV MovieMattie Riley
Baby Blue Marine1976Mrs. Hudkins
Family Plot1976Mrs. Maloney
Joe Forrester1976TV Series
James Dean1976TV MovieClaire Folger
The Blue Knight1976TV SeriesMrs. Stryker
Petrocelli1976TV SeriesNancy Berwick
The Hindenburg1975Mrs. Mildred Breslau
The Six Million Dollar Man1975TV SeriesMiddy
Harry O1975TV SeriesAnne Kershaw
The Rookies1974-1975TV SeriesJoyce Lanson / Molly Phillips
Barnaby Jones1975TV SeriesEdna Morrison
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant1975TV MovieNurse Katherine Gunther
Cage Without a Key1975TV MovieMrs. Little
The Family Nobody Wanted1975TV MovieMrs. Bittner
The Legend of Lizzie Borden1975TV MovieEmma Borden
Medical Center1974TV SeriesRachel
Locusts1974TV MovieClaire Fletcher
Mannix1974TV SeriesMartha Cole / Mrs. Sylvia Jarrud
Larry1974TV MovieMaureen Whitten
Hec Ramsey1974TV SeriesEmily Harris
Dr. Max1974TV MovieLibby Oppel
The Snoop Sisters1974TV SeriesCissy Prine
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman1974TV MovieLady at House
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak1973TV SeriesLiz Cunningham
The Bob Newhart Show1973TV SeriesDr. Webster
Adam's Rib1973TV SeriesMartha Layne
The F.B.I.1972TV SeriesTerry
Gunsmoke1972TV SeriesEna Spratt
The Hospital1971Marilyn Mead
Believe in Me1971Saleslady
Car 54, Where Are You?1962TV SeriesBetty Lou Creco
Wine of Morning1955Irene

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's the Boss?1985TV Series 1 episode
Benson1983-1984TV Series 3 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
4th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Tony Danza Show2004-2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Mona Robinson
Famous Homes & Hideaways2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
Private Islands2004TV Mini-SeriesHerself - Narrator
It's a Dog's Life: Behind the Scenes and Cast Interviews 'Beethoven's 5th'2003Video shortHerself
TV Tales2002TV SeriesHerself
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
Wrinklyvision1996TV MovieHerself - Presenter
The Full Wax1991-1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Drama
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
What Is Brazil?1985TV Short documentaryHerself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1979TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself - Guest
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pat Boone and Family Easter Special1979TV MovieHerself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jack Klugman1978TV SpecialHerself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHerself
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 27th Annual Tony Awards1973TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TV's Greatest Sidekicks2004TV Special
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
Biography1999TV Series documentaryEmma Borden
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWho's the Boss? (1984)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalSoap (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Mother-In-LawWho's the Boss? (1984)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves Raymond (1996)
1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressLady in White (1988)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesWho's the Boss? (1984)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesWho's the Boss? (1984)
1986Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWho's the Boss? (1984)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesSoap (1977)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesSoap (1977)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesSoap (1977)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesSoap (1977)


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#Fact
1After her guest-starring role on Mater's Tall Tales (2008), she retired from acting at age 82.
2Her mother, Thelma Malone Helmond, had her when she was 19.
3Surrogate mother of her Soap (1977) co-stars, Diana Canova, Billy Crystal and Ted Wass.
4Wore a red bikini on "Who's The Boss" when she was about 60 years old.
5Surrogate grandmother of Alyssa Milano and Danny Pintauro.
6She did not have an agent; when she pursuing her acting career; she also did not have any of her pictures taken; at all. She used a sheet of paper and delivered it to agents until she got one.
7She had a friend of her husband; David Christian; who became a manager of actors; who in turn; came through her husband, who talked Helmond in going to California. She was hesitant; at first; who didn't know anybody.
8Had an extended family, consisting of aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and grandparents, in Galveston.
9When she was acting in plays, she didn't have any mentors; she'd watched everybody else, including the director, because the director was responsible for the total and Helmond was a piece of it, hence, she listened to the director.
10Had absolutely no training of acting, outside of attending a Catholic school.
11Helmond was not the only Soap (1977) member to be a Texan, the show's announcer Rod Roddy was also a Texan.
12She and her husband, David Christian, have a history of students of zen.
13The older of 2 sisters.
14At age 34, Helmond moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1963, to continue pursuing her acting career.
15Her mother, Thelma Helmond, passed away just 6 months after the cancellation of Soap (1977).
16Remained good friends with Diana Canova, Billy Crystal and Ted Wass, after the cancellation of Soap (1977).
17Began acting on television when she was 33.
18One of Tony Danza's daughters was named after her.
19Played the same character, Jessica Tate, on 2 series: Soap (1977) and it's spin-off series Benson (1979).
20Briefly attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.
21Has no children.
22When she reprised her role as Jessica Tate on Benson (1979), she received a lot of mail about her character being placed in a firing squad.
23She was raised by both her mother and grandmother.
24Has preferred to work on the stage, because of the actors's medium.
25Her mother, Thelma Helmond, passed away on October 10, 1981, who lived to be 71.
26Was referred by Tony Danza as a 'big sister.'.
27Her favorite show to date was Soap (1977).
28A woman from Houston Playhouse saw Helmond in a play and told her to become a professional actress, fortunately for her, she became one.
29As Helmond got older, she was fortunate enough to send her 2 sisters to college, because as she realized; it was an asset for both men and women to go to school and learn as much as they could.
30Before she was a successful actress and director, she used to work at the Houston Playhouse in Houston, Texas.
31Her father, Joseph Helmond, died on January 31, 1983, who lived to be 78.
32Between Soap (1977) and Who's the Boss? (1984), she had roles on television for 15 consecutive seasons.
33She was a shy child.
34Began her show Soap (1977) at age 48.
35Is a Republican.
36She's close friends with Tony Danza. She frequently talks on the phone with him.
37Her birthplace, Galveston, Texas, is 50 miles south of Houston, Texas.
38For a time, she lived in New York City, New York.
39She attended the Broadway play, "And I Always Will," with her ex-Soap (1977) co-star, Diana Canova, in Redding, Connecticut.
40She won the lead role of Jessica Tate on Soap (1977), because of her experience in comedy in summer stock.
41Owned homes in both New York City and in Los Angeles.
42Was born to a working-class family.
43Has 2 sisters.
44Before she was a successful actress, she used to work at a Community Theater in Galveston, Texas.
45Her mother was so concerned about young Katherine's chance to go to Hollywood, to become an actress.
46Started acting at a Catholic school.
47On Soap (1977), her character, Jessica Tate, was the idea of her friend of her mother's, who wasn't her aunt, in real-life.
48Had always wanted to become an actress.
49Graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, in 1947.
50Attended the 80th Birthday Party of Robert Guillaume, in 2007.
51Was named after both of her aunts.
52Is one of the two actors to appear in every episode of Soap (1977).
53Began acting at an early age.
54Was called 'Little Patty,' by her father.
55Her father, Joseph Patrick Helmond was a firefighter, and her mother, Thelma Malone Helmond, was a housewife.
56Friends with: Shirley Jones, Robert Mandan, Cathryn Damon, Bea Arthur, Richard Mulligan, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Gordon Jump, Robert Guillaume, Inga Swenson, Susan Harris, Arthur Peterson, Donnelly Rhodes, Tony Danza, Judith Light, Doris Roberts, Roscoe Lee Browne, John Byner, Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Robert Culp, Philip Rosenthal and Ray Romano.
57Was involved in every writing of the script of Soap (1977), which also involved every camera angles and shots.
58She was the highest-paid entertainer on Soap (1977).
59Had a lot of fun, doing Soap (1977); while staying up late at night doing scenes.
60Is close friends with Robert Mandan, who frequently goes to plays with her.
61Acting mentor and friends of: Diana Canova, Billy Crystal and Ted Wass.
62Best known by the public for her starring role as Jessica Tate on Soap (1977) and for her role as Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss? (1984).
63Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Great God Brown."
64Of Irish Catholic extraction on the side of her late mother, Thelma Malone.

#Quote
1The choice of roles as I grow older gets more and more limited, so if I pin myself to one kind of part I would get in trouble. So, these oddball ladies came along for me to do--I guess Terry Gilliam helped in this respect. I have found them more interesting, flashier and I get more mileage out of them. Many times, when a director reads a script and wants somebody who says "Far out", then they let me do what I want with it and that's usually more interesting for an actor.

#Trademark
1Frequently playing glamourous mother, who didn't give a darn about them.
2Natural red hair
3Deep, sultry voice

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