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Marg Helgenberger From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2007) Marg Helgenberger Marg Helgenberger, November 2007 Born Mary Margaret Helgenberger November 16, 1958 (1958-11-16) (age 50) Fremont, Nebraska Other name(s) Mary Helgenberger Spouse(s) Alan Rosenberg (1989-present, separated) [show]Awards won Emmy Awards Best Supporting Actress - Drama Series 1990 China Beach Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Ensemble - Drama Series 2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mary Marg Helgenberger (born November 16, 1958) is an American film and television actress. Helgenberger is known for her role as Catherine Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and her role as KC Koloski in China Beach, for which she won her Emmy. She has received other awards including two People's Choice Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Contents [hide] 1 Biography 1.1 Early life 1.2 Career 1.3 Media spotlight 1.4 Personal life 2 Filmography 3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 External links  Biography  Early life Marg (pronounced with a hard "G," unlike the name Marge) Helgenberger was born in Fremont, Nebraska, the daughter of Kay, a nurse, and Hugh Helgenberger, a meat inspector. She is of Irish and German descent and had a Catholic upbringing. Marg has one older sister named Ann and a younger brother named Curt. One of her first jobs, as a teenager, was spending her summers and her Christmas breaks working as a "boner" at the meat packing plant where her father was employed. Helgenberger played the French horn in her high school (North Bend Central High School) marching band. Until she went to college, Helgenberger wanted to be a nurse like her mother. Marg attended Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) in Kearney, Neb., then attended Northwestern University's School of Speech in Evanston, Illinois (now the School of Communication) and earned a B.S. degree in Speech and Drama.  Career Helgenberger at the 1990 Emmy AwardsOriginally planning to be a nurse like her mother, Helgenberger got her start as a nightly local news weather girl in her hometown Nebraska (her name was changed by the producer to Margi McCarty) and as a meat boner at the meat packing plant her father was working at during the day. After portraying the role of Blanche Dubois in a university production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” she was bitten by the acting bug. While performing in a summer of 1981 NU campus productions of Shakespeare's “Taming of the Shrew,” in which she played Kate, Marg was spotted by a scout for the TV show “Ryan's Hope.” Soon after completing college, Marg landed her first professional acting role on the long-running ABC Daytime soap opera, playing uptight amateur cop Siobhan Ryan Novak (1982-1986), a role previously played by Sarah Felder and Ann Gillespie. Helgenberger departed Ryan's Hope in January 1986 and was subsequently replaced in the role of Siobhan by Carrell Myers. Helgenberger guest starred in an episode of ABC's mystery/detective series based on Robert B. Parker's "Spenser" novels, "Spenser: For Hire," NBC's legal drama "Matlock" and ABC's ground-breaking, award-winning drama "thirtysomething." She also played a regular role as Natalie Thayer, opposite Margot Kidder and James Reid, on CBS’ six-episode drama comedy series "Shell Game" (1987). Karen Charlene "K.C." Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute on the ABC war drama series "China Beach," was Marg’s first prominent role. Her performance from 1988 to 1991 on the highly-acclaimed dramatic series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1990. Meanwhile, in 1989, Marg made her feature film debut in a leading role as an all-night answering service operator in one segment of the Wheat brothers’ horror anthology After Midnight. She followed it up with a role in Steven Spielberg's romantic comedy-drama Always (starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman), a modern version of the original 1943 Victor Fleming film A Guy Named Joe. During the early to mid 1990s, Marg played roles in Michael Bortman's adaptation of Robert Boswell's novel, Crooked Hearts (1991; with Peter Berg, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Noah Wyle and Peter Coyote), Gregg Champion's action comedy The Cowboy Way (1994), in which she played Woody Harrelson's love interest, and had a small role as Capt. Alison Sinclair in Michael Bay's action comedy film starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, Bad Boys (1995). She also played Dr. Laura Baker, a molecular biologist, in Roger Donaldson's sci-fi thriller starring Natasha Henstridge, Species (1995), and later reprised the role in the sequel, Species II (1998). During that time, TV viewers could also catch her in such television films Blind Vengeance, Lifetime’s Death Dreams, PBS’ historical documentary Not on the Frontline (as a narrator) and CBS’ In Sickness and in Health. Additionally, she was also seen opposite Bruno Kirby in I'll Be Waiting, a segment of Showtime's Fallen Angels helmed by Tom Hanks, and as a novelist on the ABC miniseries Stephen King's The Tommyknockers opposite Jimmy Smits. She was also seen in the CBS miniseries When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn and
made her first collaboration with director Peter Weller in Showtime's Partners. After playing a recurring role as George Clooney's love interest on NBC's popular medical drama ER, Marg became David Caruso's sex-starved widow on Showtime’s Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast, helmed by Weller, and starred as a woman involved with Steven Segal in the 1997 cult action film Fire Down Below. She also starred as a talk show host on Murder Live and portrayed the furious sibling to Steven Weber's character on Showtime's miniseries about the elusive Gulf War Syndrome, Thanks of a Grateful Nation. She also starred opposite Ann-Margret in Showtime's Happy Face Murders. Helgenberger scored another big break when she snagged the co-starring role of Catherine Willows, a former show girl employed as a blood spatter analyst on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her performance as the female lead has earned her two Emmy Award two Golden Globe nominations. In 2005, she and her fellow cast members won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. When CSI first started filming, Helgenberger visited the Clark County Coroner’s Office (Las Vegas) to see how things were really done. She even viewed autopsies that were being performed. Helgenberger has stated that she was angered at the franchising of CSI. She says that she often plays hacky sack with the guys during their free time on set. Helgenberger got the chance to act with her husband, Alan Rosenberg, again when he guest starred on CSI, season 5 (Weeping Willows) and season 7 (Leaving Las Vegas). During her hefty stint on the hit show, Marg supported Julia Roberts in the true story-based, Oscar-winning film Erin Brockovich and portrayed Patsy Ramsey in the CBS miniseries about the mysterious murder of 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenét Ramsey in Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. She also starred as Dennis Quaid’s wife and Scarlett Johansson’s mother in writer-director Paul Weitz's romantic drama comedy In Good Company (2004) and appeared on Pond's Smooth Perfection Skin Cream 2005 print ad. Recently, on June 1, 2007, Marg's latest film, Mr. Brooks, was released. In the gripping suspense thriller directed by Bruce A. Evans, she co-stars as the beautiful, loving wife to Kevin Costner. Demi Moore, William Hurt and Dane Cook also star in the film. About the film, Marg said, “It’s one of the only scripts I’ve read in my life that I really didn’t think I could put down. It has style, suspense, thrills and the characters really get under your skin because they are such complicated and tortured souls.” Marg is currently filming Conan: Red Nails, in which she will provide the voice of Princess Tascela, and writer-director Charles Burmeister's upcoming thriller, Columbus Day, starring Val Kilmer. In 2005, Universal Studios submitted Helgenberger in the best supporting actress category for the Oscars for her performance as Ann Foreman in her 2004 movie In Good Company. In 2007, She was featured in the movies Conan: Red Nails and Mr. Brooks. In Mr. Brooks her character's daughter is played by Danielle Panabaker, the sister of Kay Panabaker, who plays Catherine Willow's daughter on "CSI" In mid 2006, Helgenberger’s home town of North Bend, Nebraska, population 1213, renamed the street on which Helgenberger had her childhood home "Helgenberger Avenue." In animation, she lent her voice as Greek goddess Hera on DC Universe stright-to-video feature Wonder Woman,set for a March 3 release. While not appearing in-frame, she is the unrequited love interest of the bespectacled amphibian Buddy in Mark Heath's "Spot the Frog" comic strip. As of May 15, 2008, she has renewed her CSI contract with CBS for 2 additional years,  Media spotlight This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unverifiable material may be challenged and removed. (May 2008) Helgenberger continues to be included in lists of Hollywood's Most Beautiful. In 2002 she was listed on People Magazine’s "50 Most Beautiful People", she was included in Esquire Magazine’s “5 More Women We Love” in 2002, she ranks #16 on VH1's 40 Hottest Women over 40, number 15 of The 25 Most Attractive (Famous) Women in America in 2004, in 2004 she ranked number 35, 30, 29, 20, 17, 12 and 9 on The Glamour Girls Hot 100 due to her movie In Good Company and her TV Guide cover. She was on the list for about 10 weeks and spent 1 week on the top ten. She is the 4th oldest woman to be in the top ten. Her character on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Catherine Willows, along with the character of Gil Grissom, was named number 82 in "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters". On March 2006, Catherine Willows was named number 6 on The Star's Top Ten Hottests TV Characters. In 2007, Marg was named one of the most pleasant celebrities on E!
online's Answer B!tch Q&A page. On March 2007 Helgenberger was named one of the sexiest TV stars of 2007 by TV Guide Magazine. Entertainment Weekly included her in the list of "The EW 100 Stars We Love Right Now" in 2007. On April 2008, she joined the roster of celebrities that sported the famous milk mustache as she was chosen as an endorser of the Got Milk? campaign. In 2003, Helgenberger was asked to pose in Playboy Magazine but turned it down. Helgenberger and Jorja Fox sang Stand by Me as a duet for What a Pair 4!! This is an annual charity event to raise money for breast cancer research. CSI co-star Gary Dourdan's nickname for Helgenberger is "Margalicious”. Helgenberger's production company "Don't Call Me Marge!" is her humorous jab at people’s mispronunciation of her name.  Personal life This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unverifiable material may be challenged and removed. (May 2008) In 1984, Marg Helgenberger met Alan Rosenberg, a guest actor on Ryan's Hope. The two became friends and started dating in 1986. They married in 1989 and have one son, Hugh Howard Rosenberg (born October 21, 1990), named after Helgenberger's late father, Hugh Helgenberger. On December 1, 2008, the couple announced that they were separating. They are still committed to their family, but need some time apart.  A result of Helgenberger's mother's 27 year battle against breast cancer, Helgenberger and Rosenberg have become involved in the fight against breast cancer. They have hosted a benefit called Marg and Alan's Celebrity Weekend every year in Omaha, Nebraska since 1997.  Filmography Wonder Woman (2009) .... Hera Columbus Day (2008) .... Alice Mr. Brooks (2007)... Mrs. Emma Brooks CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-present) (TV) ... Catherine Willows In Good Company (2004) ... Ann Foreman Erin Brockovich (2000) ... Donna Jensen Lethal Vows (1999) ... Ellen Farris Happy Face Murders (1999) ... Jen Powell Species II (1998) ... Dr. Laura Baker Giving Up the Ghost (1998) ... Anna Hobson The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) ... Lizzy Fire Down Below (1997) ... Sarah Kellogg My Fellow Americans (1996) ... Joanna (uncredited) Frame by Frame (1996) ... Det. Rose Ekberg Species (1995) ... Dr. Laura Baker Bad Boys (1995) ...Capt. Alison Sinclair ER (1994) .....Karen Hines The Cowboy Way (1994) ... Margarette The Tommyknockers (1993) (TV) ... Bobbi Anderson Always (1989) ... Rachel China Beach (1988) (TV) ... Karen Charlene 'K.C.' Koloski Ryan's Hope (1975) (TV) ... Siobhan Ryan Novak Guest appearances The Early Show (2002; 2003; 2005; 2006; 2007) The View (2003; 2006) Live with Regis and Kelly (2005; 2006; 2007) The Ellen DeGeneres Show (December 2005) The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005; 2007) On the Air with Howard Stern (2005) The Tony Danza Show (2005) "What A Pair" Concert (May 2006) The Late Show with David Letterman (September 2006) "What A Pair" Concert (June 2007)  Awards and nominations Blockbuster Entertainment Award 2001: nominated – Favorite Supporting Actress in a Drama – Erin Brockovich Emmy Award 1990: won – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – China Beach 1992: nominated – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – China Beach 2001: nominated – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – CSI 2003: nominated – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – CSI Golden Globe Award 1991: nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV – China Beach 1991: nominated – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – China Beach 1992: nominated – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – China Beach 2002: nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama – CSI 2003: nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama – CSI Satellite Awards 2002: nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Drama – CSI People's Choice Awards 2002: nominated – The cast of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series 2003: nominated – The cast of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series 2004: nominated – The cast of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series 2005: won – Favorite Female TV Star – CSI 2005: won – The cast of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – CSI Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005: won the Screen Actors Guild Award – The cast of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – CSI TV Guide Awards 2001: nominated – Actress of the Year in a New Series – CSI Viewers For Quality Television Awards 1989: won – Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series – China Beach 1990: won – Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series – China Beach 1991: won – Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series – China Beach  References ^ Playboy > 20 Questions Marg Helgenberger ^ Marg Helgenberger Biography (1958-) ^ Marg Helgenberger Biography - Yahoo! Movies ^ HELGENBERGER HELPER | E/R | Television News | TV | Entertainment Weekly ^ JewishJournal.com ^ A&E Biography: MARG HELGENBERGER: DON’T CALL ME MARGBiography (TV series) TV Episode Premiere Date: April 2, 2003 PRODUCED BY: CBS News Productions for A&E Network ^ http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0812/17/wonderwoman.htm ^ Helgenberger renews 'CSI' contract - Lifeline Live - USATODAY.com ^ People > 50 Most Beautiful 2002 Vol. 15 No. 18 ^ Esquire > 5 Women We Love ^ VH1 > 40 Hottest Over 40 ^ Bravo > 100 Greatest TV Characters ^ E!News Online> Who are the most pleasant, and unpleasant, celebs? ^ TV Squad > TV Guide's Sexiest Stars ^ Entertainment Weekly > The EW 100 Stars We Love Right Now ^ Milk Mustache Celebrities > Marg Helgenberger ^ Fleeman, Mike (2008-12-2). "Marg Helgenberger and husband separate after 19 years", People Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-12-2.  External links Wikinews has related news: Many SAG Awards presenters announced Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Marg Helgenberger Marg Helgenberger at the Internet Movie Database Marg Helgenberger Biography online at CSI on CBS Marg Helgenberger interview at www.sci-fi-online.com [show]v • d • ePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series Ellen Corby (1976) · Kristy McNichol (1977) · Nancy Marchand (1978) · Kristy McNichol (1979) · Nancy Marchand (1980) · Nancy Marchand (1981) · Nancy Marchand (1982) · Doris Roberts (1983) · Alfre Woodard (1984) · Betty Thomas (1985) · Bonnie Bartlett (1986) · Bonnie Bartlett (1987) · Patricia Wettig (1988) · Melanie Mayron (1989) · Marg Helgenberger (1990) · Madge Sinclair (1991) · Valerie Mahaffey (1992) · Mary Alice (1993) · Leigh Taylor-Young (1994) · Julianna Margulies (1995) · Tyne Daly (1996) · Kim Delaney (1997) · Camryn Manheim (1998) · Holland Taylor (1999) · Allison Janney (2000) Complete list: (1962-1975) · (1976-2000) · (2001-present) Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marg_Helgenberger" Categories: 1958 births | American film actors | American television actors | Living people | German-American actors | Irish-Americans | Nebraska actors | Northwestern University alumni