The versatile actress, Katherine Helmond is entertaining the audiences since her debut in 1955. She is mostly known for portraying the outspoken, bawdy or endearingly ditzy matriarchs characters. Over her five decades of acting career, her notable performances include Soap (1977–1981), Who's the Boss? (1984–1992), Everybody Loves Raymond, and Family Plot. She is happily married to David Christian since 1962. The duo has no children.
Early Life of Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas, USA. She is the only child of Thelma Hemond and Joseph P. Helmond. She was raised by her mother and grandmother in a Catholic family.
Helmond attended a Catholic primary school and appeared in numerous school plays which inspired her to be an actress. In 1983, she joined the American Film Institute to learn Directing Workshop.
Katherine Helmond's Career
Katherine Helmond started her acting career as a theater actress. She made her stage debut in As You Like It, then she started working in New York in 1955 and ran a summer theatre in the Catskills for 3 seasons. She also taught acting in university theatre programs.
Helmond made her TV debut in 1962 in Car 54, Where Are You? in a minor role. She. In 1976, she got her major breakthrough in the feature film, Family Plot. Then she appeared in a number of TV series including Who's the Boss? The Legend of Lizzie Borden, Spencer's Pilots, The Upper Hand, Coach, and others.
Helmond starred in ABC sitcom, Soap in 1977 where she played the main role of Jessica Tate till 1981. The success of the series helped her to gain public attention along with one Golden Globe Awards and four Emmy nominations.
Katherine Helmond's Net Worth
Katherine Helmond is one of the successful Hollywood actresses. She has an estimated net worth of $5 million. She appeared in a number of movies throughout her five decades of career. Some of her box-office hit films are enlisted below;
1. Family Plot (1976)
Budget= $4.5 million
Box-office collection= $13.2 million
IMDb rating= 6.8 stars
Starring= Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane
2. Time Bandits (1981)
Budget= $5 million
Box-office collection= $42.4 million
IMDb rating= 7 stars
3. Overboard (1987)
Budget= $22 million
Box-office collection= $26.7 million
IMDb rating= 6.8 stars
Starring= Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Roddy McDowall
4. Cars (2006)
Budget= $120 million
Box-office collection= $462.2 million
IMDb rating= 7.1 stars
Katherine Helmond's Personal Life
Katherine Helmond is happily married to her longtime sculptor boyfriend, David Christian since 1962 in an intimate ceremony. They both have a history as students of Zen. The duo owns houses in New York City, Los Angeles, and London. The couple has no children.
Prior to marrying, Christian, Helmond was married to George N. Martin in 1957 but the couple failed to handle their marital life and ended divorcing in the early 1960s.