‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘Soap’ star Katherine Helmond dead at 89

LOS ANGELES — Actress Katherine Helmond, an Emmy-nominated actress who had notable roles on the hit sitcoms “Who’s the Boss?” and “Soap,” has died. She was 89.

Helmond’s talent agency APA announced Friday that she died last Saturday, Feb. 23, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Los Angeles.

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.

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

Helmond won a Golden Globes in 1981 for her “Soap” role, and another Globe in 1989 for “Who’s the Boss?”

Helmond was a favorite of director Terry Gilliam, appearing in his films “Brazil,” ”Time Bandits” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

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