Helmond first came to fame as Jessica Tate, the matriarch on Soap. She was a lead player on the controversial ABC series from 1977 until it was cancelled in 1981.
In 1984, she took the role of Mona Robinson on the sitcom Whos the Boss? with Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Tony Danza. The show was a ratings success, running for eight seasons and finshing in the Nielsen top 10 four straight years.
From 1995-1997, she starred in the sitcom Coach as Doris Sherman, eccentric owner of the fictional Orlando Breakers professional football team.
From 1996 to 2004, Helmond had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond, appearing in 14 episodes as Lois Whelan (Ray Barone's mother-in-law).
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