Actress Katherine Helmond dead at 89

Actress Katherine Helmond dead at 89

Katherine Helmond is dead, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

Actress Katherine Helmond, an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress who played two very different matriarchs on the ABC sitcoms "Who's the Boss?" and "Soap", has died, her talent agency said Friday. Helmond, who provided the voice of "Lizzie" in "Cars" and 'Cars 2, ' joined more than 30 celebrities for the gala event.

Helmond's "Who's the Boss?" co-star Alyssa Milano called the actress an "instrumental part" of her life in a tribute posted on Friday.

A native of Galveston, Texas, Helmond got her start in theater.

Across eight seasons of Who's the Boss? She ultimately moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career on screen, landing a guest-starring role on Gunsmoke in 1972 before working with Arthur Hiller on The Hospital (1971) and Alfred Hitchcock in Family Plot (1976). You taught me to do anything for a laugh!

Helmond, who had her first film role in 1962 and her last in 2014, is best known for playing the man-crazy mother Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss? and Jessica Tate on Soap. "We spent 57 lovely, wonderful, loving years together, which I will treasure forever", her husband, David Christian, said in a statement. What an example you were!

During her career, which spanned more than five decades, Helmond also graced the stage, appearing in several Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Throughout the years, Helmond was also praised for her recurring roles as Doris Sherman on ABC's Coach (1995-1997) and as Debra Barone's mother Lois Whelan on CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond. She also appeared in the plays "Private Lives", "Don Juan", and "Mixed Emotions".

Previously joking about her wide range of roles, Katherine said: "I was married to drunks, I got knocked around and battered and beaten and taken advantage of".

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