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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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Mater's Tall Tales 2012 TV Mini-Series Lizzie
Harry's Law 2011 TV Series Gloria Gold
Pound Puppies 2011 TV Series Mildred
True Blood 2011 TV Series Caroline Bellefleur
Collaborator 2011 Irene Longfellow
Cars 2 2011 Lizzie (voice)
Melissa & Joey 2010 TV Series Mrs. Geller
The Glades 2010 TV Series Evelyn
Cars Mater-National 2007 Video Game Lizzie (voice)
A Grandpa for Christmas 2007 TV Movie Roxie Famosa
The Strand 2007 Video Isabelle
Cars 2006 Video Game Lizzie (voice)
Cars 2006 Lizzie (voice)
Everybody Loves Raymond 1996-2004 TV Series Lois Whelan
Beethoven's 5th 2003 Video Crazy Cora Wilkens
Black Hole 2002 Martha Truesdale
Mr. St. Nick 2002 TV Movie Carlotta
Living in Fear 2001 TV Movie Mrs. Ford
The Perfect Nanny 2000 Mrs. McBride
How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale 2000 TV Movie Shatzie
Strong Medicine 2000 TV Series Cicely Nordeco
Providence 1999 TV Series Rose Bidwell
The Wild Thornberrys 1999 TV Series Dugong
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 Desk Clerk at Mint Hotel
Ms. Scrooge 1997 TV Movie Maude Marley
Coach 1995-1997 TV Series Doris Sherman
Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair 1996 Video Game Ma Cavello (voice)
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story 1995 TV Movie Hedda Hopper
The Spy Within 1995 Dr. Pamela Schilling
The Elvira Show 1993 TV Series Aunt Minerva
Amore! 1993 Mildred Schwartz
The Upper Hand 1993 TV Series Madame Alexandra
Inside Monkey Zetterland 1992 Honor Zetterland
Batman: The Animated Series 1992 TV Series Connie Stromwell
Who's the Boss? 1984-1992 TV Series Mona Robinson
Grass Roots 1992 TV Movie Emma Carr
Deception: A Mother's Secret 1991 TV Movie Geena Milner
The Perfect Tribute 1991 TV Movie Farm Woman
When Will I Be Loved? 1990 TV Movie Barbara Patterson
Lady in White 1988 Amanda
Save the Dog! 1988 TV Movie
Overboard 1987 Edith Mintz
Christmas Snow 1986 TV Movie Widow Mutterance
Girls on Top 1986 TV Series Goldie DuPont
The Love Boat 1981-1986 TV Series Vivian Endler / Harriet Darnell Stevens
Charmed Lives 1986 TV Series Mona Robinson
Shadey 1985 Lady Constance Landau
Comedy Factory 1985 TV Series Mildred Deegan
Brazil 1985 Mrs. Ida Lowry
Not in Front of the Kids 1984 TV Movie Millie Rosen
Fantasy Island 1983 TV Series Laura Walters
Benson 1979-1983 TV Series Jessica Tate
Faerie Tale Theatre 1983 TV Series Jack's Mother
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story 1982 TV Movie Frances Clooney
For Lovers Only 1982 TV Movie Bea Winchell
World War III 1982 TV Movie Dorothy Longworth
Time Bandits 1981 Mrs. Ogre
Soap 1977-1981 TV Series Jessica Tate
Scout's Honor 1980 TV Movie Pearl Bartlett
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker 1979 TV Movie Elaine Thurston
$weepstake$ 1979 TV Series Lynn
Pearl 1978 TV Mini-Series Mrs. Sally Colton, Madam
Getting Married 1978 TV Movie Vera Lesser
Meeting of Minds 1977 TV Series Emily Dickinson
The Bionic Woman 1977 TV Series Dr. Harkens
Little Ladies of the Night 1977 TV Movie Miss Colby
Spencer's Pilots 1976 TV Series Elly Hunt
Visions 1976 TV Series Aunt Sara
Wanted: The Sundance Woman 1976 TV Movie Mattie Riley
Baby Blue Marine 1976 Mrs. Hudkins
Family Plot 1976 Mrs. Maloney
Joe Forrester 1976 TV Series
James Dean 1976 TV Movie Claire Folger
The Blue Knight 1976 TV Series Mrs. Stryker
Petrocelli 1976 TV Series Nancy Berwick
The Hindenburg 1975 Mrs. Mildred Breslau
The Six Million Dollar Man 1975 TV Series Middy
Harry O 1975 TV Series Anne Kershaw
The Rookies 1974-1975 TV Series Joyce Lanson / Molly Phillips
Barnaby Jones 1975 TV Series Edna Morrison
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant 1975 TV Movie Nurse Katherine Gunther
Cage Without a Key 1975 TV Movie Mrs. Little
The Family Nobody Wanted 1975 TV Movie Mrs. Bittner
The Legend of Lizzie Borden 1975 TV Movie Emma Borden
Medical Center 1974 TV Series Rachel
Locusts 1974 TV Movie Claire Fletcher
Mannix 1974 TV Series Martha Cole / Mrs. Sylvia Jarrud
Larry 1974 TV Movie Maureen Whitten
Hec Ramsey 1974 TV Series Emily Harris
Dr. Max 1974 TV Movie Libby Oppel
The Snoop Sisters 1974 TV Series Cissy Prine
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 1974 TV Movie Lady at House
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 1973 TV Series Liz Cunningham
The Bob Newhart Show 1973 TV Series Dr. Webster
Adam's Rib 1973 TV Series Martha Layne
The F.B.I. 1972 TV Series Terry
Gunsmoke 1972 TV Series Ena Spratt
The Hospital 1971 Marilyn Mead
Believe in Me 1971 Saleslady
Car 54, Where Are You? 1962 TV Series Betty Lou Creco
Wine of Morning 1955 Irene



Who's the Boss? 1985 TV Series 1 episode
Benson 1983-1984 TV Series 3 episodes



Home & Family 2015 TV Series Herself
4th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Tony Danza Show 2004-2005 TV Series Herself - Guest / Mona Robinson
Famous Homes & Hideaways 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
Private Islands 2004 TV Mini-Series Herself - Narrator
It's a Dog's Life: Behind the Scenes and Cast Interviews 'Beethoven's 5th' 2003 Video short Herself
TV Tales 2002 TV Series Herself
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen 1996 TV Series documentary Quote Reader
Wrinklyvision 1996 TV Movie Herself - Presenter
The Full Wax 1991-1993 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1991 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Drama
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Wil Shriner Show 1987 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1987 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
What Is Brazil? 1985 TV Short documentary Herself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Herself
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1977-1979 TV Series Herself - Actress / Herself - Guest
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pat Boone and Family Easter Special 1979 TV Movie Herself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jack Klugman 1978 TV Special Herself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Herself
Good Morning America 1977 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 TV Special
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Emma Borden
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Who's the Boss? (1984)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Soap (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Mother-In-Law Who's the Boss? (1984)
2002 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)
1990 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Lady in White (1988)
1989 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Who's the Boss? (1984)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Who's the Boss? (1984)
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Who's the Boss? (1984)
1981 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Soap (1977)
1980 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Soap (1977)
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Soap (1977)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Soap (1977)

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1 After her guest-starring role on Mater's Tall Tales (2008), she retired from acting at age 82.
2 Her mother, Thelma Malone Helmond, had her when she was 19.
3 Surrogate mother of her Soap (1977) co-stars, Diana Canova, Billy Crystal and Ted Wass.
4 Wore a red bikini on "Who's The Boss" when she was about 60 years old.
5 Surrogate grandmother of Alyssa Milano and Danny Pintauro.
6 She 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.
7 She 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.
8 Had an extended family, consisting of aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and grandparents, in Galveston.
9 When 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.
10 Had absolutely no training of acting, outside of attending a Catholic school.
11 Helmond was not the only Soap (1977) member to be a Texan, the show's announcer Rod Roddy was also a Texan.
12 She and her husband, David Christian, have a history of students of zen.
13 The older of 2 sisters.
14 At age 34, Helmond moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1963, to continue pursuing her acting career.
15 Her mother, Thelma Helmond, passed away just 6 months after the cancellation of Soap (1977).
16 Remained good friends with Diana Canova, Billy Crystal and Ted Wass, after the cancellation of Soap (1977).
17 Began acting on television when she was 33.
18 One of Tony Danza's daughters was named after her.
19 Played the same character, Jessica Tate, on 2 series: Soap (1977) and it's spin-off series Benson (1979).
20 Briefly attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.
21 Has no children.
22 When 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.
23 She was raised by both her mother and grandmother.
24 Has preferred to work on the stage, because of the actors's medium.
25 Her mother, Thelma Helmond, passed away on October 10, 1981, who lived to be 71.
26 Was referred by Tony Danza as a 'big sister.'.
27 Her favorite show to date was Soap (1977).
28 A woman from Houston Playhouse saw Helmond in a play and told her to become a professional actress, fortunately for her, she became one.
29 As 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.
30 Before she was a successful actress and director, she used to work at the Houston Playhouse in Houston, Texas.
31 Her father, Joseph Helmond, died on January 31, 1983, who lived to be 78.
32 Between Soap (1977) and Who's the Boss? (1984), she had roles on television for 15 consecutive seasons.
33 She was a shy child.
34 Began her show Soap (1977) at age 48.
35 Is a Republican.
36 She's close friends with Tony Danza. She frequently talks on the phone with him.
37 Her birthplace, Galveston, Texas, is 50 miles south of Houston, Texas.
38 For a time, she lived in New York City, New York.
39 She attended the Broadway play, "And I Always Will," with her ex-Soap (1977) co-star, Diana Canova, in Redding, Connecticut.
40 She won the lead role of Jessica Tate on Soap (1977), because of her experience in comedy in summer stock.
41 Owned homes in both New York City and in Los Angeles.
42 Was born to a working-class family.
43 Has 2 sisters.
44 Before she was a successful actress, she used to work at a Community Theater in Galveston, Texas.
45 Her mother was so concerned about young Katherine's chance to go to Hollywood, to become an actress.
46 Started acting at a Catholic school.
47 On Soap (1977), her character, Jessica Tate, was the idea of her friend of her mother's, who wasn't her aunt, in real-life.
48 Had always wanted to become an actress.
49 Graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, in 1947.
50 Attended the 80th Birthday Party of Robert Guillaume, in 2007.
51 Was named after both of her aunts.
52 Is one of the two actors to appear in every episode of Soap (1977).
53 Began acting at an early age.
54 Was called 'Little Patty,' by her father.
55 Her father, Joseph Patrick Helmond was a firefighter, and her mother, Thelma Malone Helmond, was a housewife.
56 Friends 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.
57 Was involved in every writing of the script of Soap (1977), which also involved every camera angles and shots.
58 She was the highest-paid entertainer on Soap (1977).
59 Had a lot of fun, doing Soap (1977); while staying up late at night doing scenes.
60 Is close friends with Robert Mandan, who frequently goes to plays with her.
61 Acting mentor and friends of: Diana Canova, Billy Crystal and Ted Wass.
62 Best 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).
63 Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Great God Brown."
64 Of Irish Catholic extraction on the side of her late mother, Thelma Malone.

1 The 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.

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