In Memoriam: Katherine Helmond, Golden Globe Winner, 1929-2019

by Ana Maria Bahiana March 1, 2019
Actress and director Katherine Helmond. Golden Globe winner

Katherine Helmond on stage at the 38th Golden Globes, 1981, with the award for Best Actress in a TV Series-Comedy, for Soap.

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Actress and director Katherine Helmond, twice Golden Globe winner, has died. She was 89.

An eclectic performer, Helmond worked in films and TV series as diverse as Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot the voice of “Lizzie” in Pixar’s Cars trilogy, and TV shows ranging  from sitcoms and TV movies to series like True Blood and The Glades.

Helmond also directed episodes of Benson and Who’s the Boss. The latter was one of Helmond’s signature shows, which earned her two nominations, in 1986 and 1989, when she won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. In 1981 Helmond won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Golden Globe for Soap, the Billy Crystal-led show that also earned her four Emmy nominations.

Born in Galveston, Texas, Katherine Helmond died from complications of Alzheimer’s at her home in Los Angeles on February 23rd.