After news broke Friday of the death of Katherine Helmond, star of “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?” Hollywood paid tribute to one of TV’s memorable matriarchs.
Helmond, 89, died Feb. 23 at her Los Angeles home from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, her talent agency said.
“Katherine Helmond was a remarkable human being and an extraordinary artist; generous, gracious, charming and profoundly funny,” said Helmond’s “Who’s the Boss?” costar Judith Light in a statement to The Times. “She taught me so much about life and inspired me indelibly by watching her work. Katherine was a gift to our business and to the world, and will be deeply missed.”
Here’s what others had to say about Helmond’s legacy.
Katherine Helmond has passed away.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 1, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/HNIH0Ty6MN
R.I.P. dear Katherine Helmond. You were a joy and an inspiration in my career and my life.— Joe Mantegna (@JoeMantegna) March 1, 2019
#KatherineHelmond what a marvelous actor! Her work always sharp & smart! #Overboard as #GoldieHawn's impossibly spoiled brat of a mother-who couldn't help but love her? RIP may your costumes always glitter & the lighting always be good... https://t.co/mGFqZ7Rtds— robin strasser (@robinstrasser) March 1, 2019
Another shining star in the sky, this one with genius comic timing. Rest In Peace Katherine Helmond!— Daphne Zuniga (@DaphneZuniga) March 1, 2019