An actress who became a familiar face on television through a string of high-profile sitcom roles, winning Golden Globes for “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?,” has died. Katherine Helmond died Feb. 23 at her home in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 89.
Her husband, David Christian, released a statement saying: “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.”
During her five-decade career, Helmond was nominated for seven Primetime Emmys — four for “Soap,” two for “Who’s the Boss” and one for a guest role on “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
“On ‘Soap,’ which ran for four seasons from 1977-1981, she played lovably naive Jessica Tate, a role that earned her a Globe in 1981,” CNN reports. “On ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Helmond played the feisty mother to Judith Light’s Angela, Mona Robinson. Helmond won a Golden Globe in 1989 for the role.”
Here’s an interview clip with Helmond from 1981, with the actress discussing her work on “Time Bandits” …