It is with great sadness to report that actress Katherine Helmond, who is best known for her roles in ‘Who’s the Boss’ and ‘Soap’ has died from complications of Alzheimer’s at her Los Angeles home. She was 89-years-old.
Tony Danza remembered what he called his “soulmate” today.
“I was in love with her,” he told Deadline today. “She was such an influence on me. From being a single guy with a hit show in Hollywood, though my marriage and having kids — she was with me. No [matter] what problem I had, I could go to her. Very few people could match her. I’ll miss her so terribly.”
Remembering the early days of Who’s the Boss? he added- “We luckily got Jessica from Soap. Oh my God, we hit the lottery. She was a consummate professional — never made a mistake and always got the laugh. She was the sexy older lady who could keep up with the young people. She just had a way about her.”
Helmond was also well-known for her recurring roles as Doris Sherman on ABC’s “Coach” (1995-97) opposite Craig T. Nelson and Jerry Van Dyke, and as Debra Barone’s mother Lois Whelan opposite Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton on the CBS hit series “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996-2004). More recent television credits included guest-starring roles on A&E’s “The Glades,” as well as the role of Caroline Bellefleur on HBO’s “True Blood.”
She also appeared on many classic TV series including The F.B.I., The Bob Newhart Show, Mannix, Medical Center, Barnaby Jones, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman and The Love Boat.
Helmond is survived by her husband of 57 years, David Christian, 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.
Wow. Rest in peace and thanks for the memories.