Marg Helgenberger

Birth Name: 
Mary Marg Helgenberger
Best Known For: 

Catherine Willows in the CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"

Short bio: 

Marg Helgenberger was born November 16, 1958 in Fremont, Nebraska. She started her career as a nightly weather person at KHGI-TV in Kearney, Nebraska, while she was in college.
While performing in a summer 1981 NU campus production of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," Helgenberger was spotted by a scout for the TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope." Soon after completing college, Helgenberger landed a role on the soap and stayed with the show until 1986. Her breakout role on TV was as Karen Charlene "K.C." Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute on the ABC war drama series "China Beach" from 1988 to 1991. The role earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1990.

Later, Helgenberger co-starred in the role of Catherine Willows, a former show girl employed as a blood spatter analyst on the CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Her performance has earned her two Emmy Award and 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. While on the show, Helgenberger also had a role in the feature film "Erin Brockovich" and portrayed Patsy Ramsey on the 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). In December 2009, Forbes magazine placed Helgenberger third amongst prime-time's top-earning women with estimated earnings of $9.5 million, after Tyra Banks and Katherine Heigl. She's received the 2,458th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In February 2015, joined for the 3rd Season of Under the Dome.


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