Katherine Marie Helmond (born July 5, 1929, Galveston, Texas) is an American film, theater and television actress, who portrayed Emily Dickinson on Meeting of Minds, as well as fictional characters, for which she is best-known, such as Jessica Tate on Soap, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, Doris Sherman on Coach, and Lois Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as 'Jacqueline' in The Lorax and Mrs. Lowry in Brazil. Helmond acted in the television movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975), as Emma Borden. She appeared in an episode of the short-lived 1976 CBS adventure series, Spencer's Pilots, starring Gene Evans. Helmond gained prominence as Jessica Tate, the ditzy matriarch in Soap (1977-81) on ABC.
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