Actress Katherine Helmond, known for ‘Who’s the Boss?’, dead at 89

Katherine Helmond

According to her talent agency, APA, Helmond died at home on February 23 following complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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

She was nominated for an Emmy several times for her roles in "Soap", "Who's the Boss", and "Everybody Loves Raymond".

Helmond was also known for her recurring roles on shows such as "Coach" and "Everybody Loves Raymond".

She is survived by her second husband, David Christian.

In 1973, she earned a Tony Award for her performance in Eugene O'Neill's "The Great God Brown".

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Milano, who also joined Helmond for EW's Who's the Boss? reunion in 2016, paid tribute to the performer Friday via Twitter, calling the onscreen maternal figure her "beautiful, kind, funny, gracious, compassionate, rock". "You will grow automatically as an actor if you do the best work you can, and take each part as the best one you're ever going to get". You taught me to do anything for a laugh!

"She was the love of my life", Christian said in a statement. Helmond, who provided the voice of "Lizzie" in "Cars" and 'Cars 2, ' joined more than 30 celebrities for the gala event. What an example you were!

Tony Danza, who also starred opposite Katherine on Who's the Boss?, called Katherine his "soulmate" in an interview with Deadline today.

In addition to her long career on the small screen, Helmond was a veteran of the stage. No matter what problem I had, I could go to her. She was such an influence on me.

"From being a single guy with a hit show in Hollywood, through my marriage and having kids - she was with me". She would make her first TV appearance in the early 1960s, but head to wait and work and grind into the 1970s before finding breakout stardom. "I got wonderful letters from people".

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