Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I'm a Katherine Helmond fan.
For one thing, in Everybody Loves Raymond where she's in her seventies, she is still a good looking woman, very lively and a wonderful actor.
For another thing, in her big role as Jessica Tate in the groundbreaking seventies sitcom Soap, I see her as the moral and loving epicentre of the show. Jessica Tate may be ditzy and a scatterbrain, but she is the embodiment of an Innocent person.
You saw her occasionally be angry at people who did her wrong, and you saw her make necessary decisions like throwing out her husband Chester after he proved well and good that he just couldn't stop being unfaithful, but you never saw her judge people or hold grudges. It was just not in her. Her heart was bigger than an ocean, and everything and everybody had a place in it.
It would take a lot of work and wrongdoing to even get her to push you away, and even then she never hated you, it was merely self-preservation.
I seem to recall that Katherine was on Danish TV (the series was huge in Scandinavia, where nobody could see anything immoral about it) telling us how Soap had ended prematurely due to big pressure from holier-than-thou groups like The Moral Majority. To Europeans this seemed incredible, the show was so innocent and fun.