Birth Name: Katherine Helmond
Birth Place: Galveston, Texas, USA
Biographies of Helmond never mention her father's influence on her early years. Born Katherine Marie Helmond in Galveston, TX on July 5, 1928, she was raised by her mother, Thelma Malone, and grandmother. Withdrawn as a youth, she was assigned a role in a school play by the sisters at her Catholic school and discovered that acting provided a new way to express her emotions. The stage soon became her main passion, and she worked behind the scenes at her local theater before heading to South Carolina to attend the fundamentalist private college, Bob Jones University. While there, Helmond made her film debut in "Wine of Morning" (1955), a film version of the novel of the same name by the univer...
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