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Comedic actress Katherine Helmond dies, she was 89

Katherine Helmond: 1929 - 2019
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Katherine Helmond, the star of iconic sitcoms such as "Soap" and "Who's The Boss" has died according to Entertainment Tonight. 

The actress and director passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Feb. 23, she was 89. 

Although her television career made her a household name, her movie career included working with iconic directors such as  Alfred Hitchcock in "Family Plot," and Terry Gilliam in "Brazil." Her most recent appearance on film was her voice as that of Lizzie in "Cars." 

In the 70s, the groundbreaking parody "Soap" showcased Helmond's talents as a comedian and solidified her place in classic television. 

But it may have been her role as Mona Robinson in the Tony Danza vehicle "Who's The Boss" that gave her the most fame. She earned Emmy nominations for that part then went on to appear in another popular sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" for which she earned another Emmy nod. 

Her co-star on "Boss," Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to offer her condolences on Helmond's passing:

"Katherine Helmond has passed away.

My beautiful, kind, funny, gracious, compassionate, rock. You were an instrumental part of my life. You taught me to hold my head above the marsh! You taught me to do anything for a laugh! What an example you were!

Rest In Peace, Katherine."

Below is an interview Helmond did for the Television Academy Foundation. In it, she discusses the dynamic arc that made "Who's the Boss" such a popular show.