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Katherine Helmond

Katherine Helmond in 1989
Born Katherine Marie Helmond
July 5, 1928 (1928-07-05) (age 81)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955–present
Spouse(s) George N. Martin (1957–divorced)
David Christian (1962–present)

Katherine Marie Helmond (born July 5, 1928; Galveston, Texas) is an American film, theater and television actress, who is famous for playing Jessica Tate on Soap, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, and Debra Barone's mom on Everybody Loves Raymond.





Helmond first came to fame as "Jessica Tate", the ditzy matriarch on Soap. She was a lead player on the controversial ABC series, from 1977 until it was cancelled in 1981. In 1984, she took the role of "Mona Robinson" on the sitcom Who's the Boss?. The show was a ratings success, running for eight seasons and finishing in the Nielsen "Top 10" four straight years. In 1993 she appeared in one episode of the British version of Who's the Boss?.[1]

From 1995–1997, she starred in the sitcom Coach as Doris Sherman, eccentric owner of the fictional Orlando Breakers professional football team. From 1996 to 2004, Helmond had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond as “Lois Whelan” (Ray Barone's mother-in-law).

Film appearances

She has appeared in three movies directed by Terry Gilliam:

Award nominations

She was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for Eugene O'Neill's The Great God Brown.

She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on Soap four times in a row (1978–1981) as Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In 1988 and 1989 she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Who's the Boss?. In 2002 she was nominated as Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Everybody Loves Raymond.

Personal life

In 1957, Helmond married George N. Martin. After their divorce she married her second husband, David Christian; the two have been together since 1962; they have no children. They have owned homes in Los Angeles, New York City, Long Island and London.


  1. ^ ""The Upper Hand" Tunnel of Love (1993)". 1993-02-22. Retrieved 2009-04-20.  

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