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Friday, March 1, 2019

Remembering Katherine Helmond 1929 - 2019

Actress Katherine Helmond, who died February 23 at age 89, won two Golden Globe Awards for her roles as Jessica Tate on the ABC sitcom, Soap (1977-81), and Mona Robinson on the ABC sitcom, Who's the Boss? (1984-92). She also received seven Emmy Award nominations, including one for her recurring role as Ray Barone's mother-in-law Lois on the CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-04). Helmond also played NFL team owner Doris Sherman on the ABC sitcom, Coach (1995-97). Other television credits include the 1975 ABC movie, The Legend of Lizzie Borden (as Lizzie's sister), and the 1995 NBC movie, Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper).

Her film credits include The Hospital (1971), The Hindenburg (1975), Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Baby Blue Marine (1976), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), Overboard (1987) as Goldie Hawn's mother, Lady in White (1988), Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992) and Disney's three Cars films (2006-17) as the voice of Lizzie.

Helmond received a 1973 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Great God Brown. Other Broadway credits include Private Lives (1969) as Tammy Grimes' understudy, Don Juan (1972) and Mixed Emotions (1993). She also originated the role of Bananas Shaughnessy in the 1971 Off-Broadway production of John Guare's play, The House of Blue Leaves.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Katherine Helmond's life and career.

On March 19, 1974, she was a guest star on NBC's The Snoop Sisters starring Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick.

Soap (1977-81)

She played Jessica Tate's ghost on a 1983 episode of the ABC sitcom, Benson, starring Robert Guillaume.

Who's the Boss? (1984-92)

Brazil (1985)

She was interviewed on Boston's morning TV show, Good Day!, in the 1980s.

She appeared in a 1991 commercial for Total cereal.

She played Aunt Minerva in the unaired 1993 CBS sitcom pilot, The Elvira Show.

She was interviewed for the Archive of American Television on March 6, 2008.

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