Katherine Helmond passed away Feb. 23. She was a famous native of Galveston. I mourn her passing.

I was a freshman at Brown University trying to earn extra spending money on campus, so I was sent to Trinity Square Repertory to pick up tickets. When I arrived, they were doing tryouts for Arthur Miller's "Crucible," which was their first play.

The director asked if I had ever done plays. I was in all the plays in high school, so I tried out and got the role of Mercy Lewis.

That's when I met Katherine. She helped me with makeup and was just funny and helpful. As we were finishing the play she was already rehearsing for Shakespeare. What a talent. Don't know how she did it.

I have another story with her, but I've run out of space. Love you forever and love the memories.

Ludmila Fanelli



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John E Sr. Macrini

Katherine was a lovely, talented and very entertaining woman. She was introduced to the stage and theater by nuns at the parochial school she attended as a child. She continued in theater at Ball High School. She is a credit to her education and her upbringing in Galveston. Thanks for the great entertainment and memories. May she rest in peace.

David Smith

Just read in the TV guide where she was a native of Galveston and I find it very sad that an emmy winning actress of her stature never received any acknowledgement in print in the Daily News. I wouldn't have known she was from Galveston if not for the TV Guide

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