Everybody Loves Raymond, Who’s The Boss? stars pay tribute to Katherine Helmond
“Very few people could match her,” said Boss star Tony Danza.
Celebrities Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano and other cast members of the hit TV shows Who’s The Boss and Everybody Loves Raymond paid tribute to the late Katherine Helmond after news of the actress’ passing on Friday (Mar 1).
The seven-time Emmy nominee died at the age of 89 at her Los Angeles home due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Who’s The Boss’ star Danza told Deadline: “She was such an influence on me. From being a single guy with a hit show in Hollywood, though my marriage and having kids – she was with me. No matter what problem I had, I could go to her. Very few people could match her.”
Milano – who played Danza’s daughter and “granddaughter” to Helmond’s character Mona, also tweeted: “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!”
Meanwhile, Judith Light, who played Mona’s actual daughter, also released a statement. “Katherine Helmond was a remarkable human being and an extraordinary artist; generous, gracious, charming and profoundly funny. 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,” she said.
Patricia Heaton, who played the daughter of Helmond’s character on Everybody Loves Raymond described her as “a class act and incredibly down to earth”.
Other celebrities also chipped in on Twitter. “You were a joy and an inspiration in my career and my life,” said Joe Mantegna, while Viola Davis described Helmond as a “consummate actress”.