Actress Katherine Helmond Dies at 89

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Helmond married twice, first to George N. Martin, and then to David Christian, who she was with since 1962. Do you have a favorite memory from Helmond's TV career?

More recently, Helmond recurred as Lois Whelan, the mother of Patricia Heaton's Debra on Everybody Loves Raymond. "Who's the Boss" was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 80s, and was consistently one of the 10 most watched TV shows on TV.

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". That series ran from 1977-81, and during that period Helmond received four Emmy nominations for Best Actress.

She never formally studied acting, but she joined community theater companies in Houston and Dallas, working the lights and curtains and "everything I could to be in the theater", she told the St. Petersburg Times. By that time Helmond hit her biggest stride in the industry, starring as Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss?, and its eventual British adaptation, The Upper Hand. She earned two Emmy nominations for this role, both in the Supporting Actress category.

"Katherine Helmond was such a class act and incredibly down to earth". Her mother and father split a few years after she was born.

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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. "The night she died, I saw that the moon was exactly half-full, just as I am now". What an example you were!

- Tony Danza (@TonyDanza) March 1, 2019Katherine Helmond has passed away.

Light added in a statement to CNN that Helmond was 'a remarkable human being and an extraordinary artist'.

The American star famously appeared in three of director Terry Gilliam's movies, including playing a surgery enthusiast in Brazil and a hotel clerk in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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

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