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Katherine Helmond, Tony and Emmy Nominee Known for Soap and More, Dies at 89

Helmond also starred on the television show Who's the Boss?

Katherine Helmond has died at the age of 89.
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Beloved stage and screen actor Katherine Helmond has died. The cause was complications related to Alzheimer's disease. She was 89.

Helmond's Broadway credits included The Great God Brown, for which she received a Tony Award nomination in 1973, Mixed Emotions, Don Juan, and Private Lives. She appeared off-Broadway in The House of Blue Leaves, for which she received the 1971 Clarence Derwent Award, The Karl Marx Play, The Vagina Monologues, and The Oldest Profession. She was recently seen in the Chicago production of Morning's at Seven.

A six-time Emmy Award nominee, Helmond was best known for her performance as Jessica Tate on the ABC series Soap (four Best Actress nominations), and for her work as Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss? (two Supporting Actress nominations). She had longtime recurring roles on Coach and Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as guest spots on The Glades and True Blood. Her film credits include Family Plot, Brazil, and Overboard, and Lizzie, the Radiator Springs curio shop owner, in all three of Disney's Cars films.

She is survived by her husband, David Christian.


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