Katherine Helmond, actress in US sitcom Soap, dies aged 89

Actress Katherine Helmond, an Emmy-nominated actress who had notable roles on the sitcoms Who's the Boss? and Soap, has died at the age of 89.

Helmond's talent agency APA announced that she died last Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Los Angeles.

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***FILE PHOTO*** Actress Katherine Helmond Has Passed Away At 89. David Christian and Katherine Helmond attend a Broadway Show on November 1, 1980 in New York City. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** Actress Katherine Helmond Has Passed Away At 89. Katherine Helmond attends a Broadway Show on October 14, 1979 in New York City. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** Actress Katherine Helmond Has Passed Away At 89. David Christian and Katherine Helmond attend a benefit on September 17, 1992 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** Actress Katherine Helmond Has Passed Away At 89. Katherine Helmond and Danny Pinto attend 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
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***FILE PHOTO*** Actress Katherine Helmond Has Passed Away At 89. Katherine Helmond, Robert Mandan, and Cathryn Damon photographed on June 1, 1982 in New York City. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
Katherine Helmond arrives for the premiere of the Disney/Pixar animated film "Cars" at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday May 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
American actress Katherine Helmond during a visit to London, 23rd November 1979. She stars as Jessica Tate on the ABC soap opera/sitcom 'Soap'. (Photo by Steve Burton/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Nominated for seven Emmy Awards in a 60-year career, Helmond played Judith Light's mother and Alyssa Milano's grandmother Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, the series that ran on ABC from 1984 to 1992.

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Helmond often worked with Terry Gilliam (Matt Crossick/PA)

She played matriarch Jessica Tate on another ABC sitcom, Soap, a parody of soap operas that aired from 1977 to 1981.

Helmond was a favourite of director Terry Gilliam, appearing in his films Brazil, Time Bandits and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

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