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‘Soap’ and ‘Who’s The Boss?’ Star Katherine Helmond Dead At 89

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One of the most beloved and respected actresses, Katherine Helmond, has died due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 89.   Helmond, who was one of the leads on ABC’s Soap in the role of Jessica Tate back in the late 70’s from 1977-1981, and a role in which she won a Golden Globe, died this past Saturday in her Los Angeles residence, according to Manfred Westphal, chief marketing and communications officer for APA.

Katherine was also best-known to TV audiences for her role in Who’s The Boss? from 1984 -1992 as Judith Light’s firecracker of a mother, Mona Robinson.  The actress also won a Supporting Actress Golden Globe for that role in 1989.  She also received four consecutive Best Actress Emmy Award nominations for Soap and back-to-back noms for Who’s the Boss?

David Christian, Helmond’s husband of 57 years shared in a statement: “She was the love of my life. We spent 57 beautiful, wonderful, loving years together, which I will treasure forever. I’ve been with Katherine since I was 19 years old. The night she died, I saw that the moon was exactly half-full, just as I am now … half of what I’ve been my entire adult life.”

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Many former co-stars have taken to social media to share their grief and remembrances upon the heartbreaking news of Katherine’s passing including:

Billy Crystal:  “KatherineHelmond was a remarkable actress and a huge influence on me during our @Soap years. I learned so much about acting from her and I’ll never forget her wit, her laugh and her comforting spirit.”

Judith Light:  “Katherine Helmond was an inspiration to me and so many others Her grace, talent and humor will be deeply missed She is in my heart forever.”

Tony Danza: “We all lost a national treasure today. No words can measure my love.”

Helmond is survived not only by her husband; but her half-sister, Alice Parry; and many nephews and nieces.  A memorial service is being planned for family and friends to celebrate her life and career and her career spanned five decades with numerous memorable work on the stage, film, and television.

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Thank you Ms. Helmond for sharing your remarkable talent and grace with us. Bless you always. May you rest in peace.

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Soap..Who The Boss and Everybody Loves Raymond…watched her in all of Them and in the mini series Pearl(Harbor)…she was great in everything she has done….and sorely missed!

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Here’s hoping she found a brand new life around the bend. RIP

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Nooooo! I’ve always loved Katherine Helmond. I watched the Soap and Who’s The Boss reruns with my grandmother, I especially loved her as Mona on WTB. She broke the sterotype of the grandmother not being sexy and in control of her life. I also loved her in movies such as Overboard and The Lady In White. She wonderful playing the snobby, rich bitch in Overboard. I never get tired of Overboard and she’s one of the main reasons why. And she played so scary (yet misunderstood) in The Lady In White. Such a versatile and talented actress, she will be… Read more »

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So sorry to hear this.I loved her work.She was so funny in Soap.Matter of fact Antenna tv is showing reruns of soap if you like to catch Katherine on there she was so funny.May she rest in peace.God Bless her and her family

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She will be missed, but I thank her for all the wonderful moments she gave us, as WTB, and her time on SOAP.Poor Mickey Mouse. Do you suppose he knew? RIP Katherine, and prayers to her loved ones.

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