Helgenberger, Marg 1958–

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Full name, Mary Margaret Helgenberger; born November 16, 1958 in Fremont, NE; daughter of Hugh (a meat inspector) and Kay (a nurse) Helgenberger; married Alan Rosenberg (an actor), September 9, 1989; children: Hugh Howard. Education: Northwestern University, B.S., speech and drama, 1982; attended Kearney State College, 1977–79.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211–1934. Manager—Sanders/Armstrong Management, 2120 Colorado Blvd., Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 904047.

Career: Actress. Previously worked as a weekend weatherperson in Nebraska and at a meat packing plant.

Awards, Honors: Quality Awards, best supporting actress in a drama, Viewers for Quality Television, 1989, 1990, and 1991, Emmy Award, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1990, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, 1991, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1991 and 1992, all for China Beach; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actress—drama, 2001, for Erin Brockovich; TV Guide Award nomination, actress of the year in a new series, 2001, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a series, 2002, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 2001 and 2003, Golden Globe Award nominations, best performance by an actress, 2002 and 2003, Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble, 2002, 2003, and 2004, all for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Television Appearances; Series:

Third Siobhan Ryan Novak, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1982–1986.

Natalie Thayer, Shell Game, CBS, 1987.

Karen Charlene "K. C." Koloski, China Beach, ABC, 1988–1991.

Eve Darrin, Partners, CBS, 1999.

Catherine Willows, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I.), CBS, 2000—.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Soap Opera Showdown: Saints vs. Sinners!," Family Feud, 1982.

"Daytime Dynasties Week," Family Feud, 1984.

Nancy Kettering, "An Eye for an Eye," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.

"It Was Fascination," Karen's Song, Fox, 1987.

Cooper, "Weaning," thirtysomething, ABC, 1987.

Laura Norwood/Victoria Rollins, "The Gambler," Matlock, NBC, 1987.

"Top Secret," Buck James, ABC, 1988.

Mrs. Cooper, "Peacemaker" (also known as "Triple Play II"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1991.

Jane, "A Friend in Need," The Hidden Room, Lifetime, 1991.

Vicki, "Deadline," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1991.

Eve Cressy, "I'll Be Waiting," Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1993.

Susan Elliott, "Nothing Personal," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1995.

(Uncredited) Karen Hines, "The Healers," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996.

Karen Hines, "Fire in the Belly," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996.

Karen Hines, "Fevers of Unknown Origin," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996.

Karen Hines, "Take These Broken Wings," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996.

Karen Hines, "John Carter, M.D.," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, 1997.

Emily, "Out with Dad," Frasier, NBC, 2000.

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2001 and 2003.

Larry King Live, CNN, 2002.

Catherine Willows, "Cross–Jurisdictions," CSI: Miami, CBS, 2002.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003.

The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003 and 2004.

The View, ABC, 2003.

Cold Pizza, 2003.

On Air with Ryan Seacrest, 2004.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show), 2004.

Voice of insurance investigator, "Hank's Back" (also known as "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hank"), King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Virginia Whitelaw, Blind Vengeance, USA Network, 1990.

Crista Westfield, Death Dreams, Lifetime, 1991.

Mickey, In Sickness and in Health (also known as Hearts on Fire), 1992.

Laurie Fisher, Through the Eyes of a Killer (also known as The Master Builder), 1992.

Kate Neeson, Lie Down with Lions (also known as Red Eagle), Lifetime, 1994.

Vanessa Myer, Where Are My Children?, ABC, 1994.

Lieutenant J. G. Katherine Dolan, Inflammable, CBS, 1995.

Rose Ekberg, Conundrum (also known as Frame by Frame), Showtime, 1996.

Lizzy, The Last Time I Committed Suicide, Cinemax, 1996.

Pia Postman, Murder Live!, NBC, 1997.

Karen DiCilia, Elmore Leonard's "Gold Coast," Showtime, 1997.

Anne Hobson, Giving Up the Ghost, Lifetime, 1998.

Jennifer Powell, Happy Face Murders, Showtime, 1999.

Maureen "Kick" Kickasola, Keys to Her Past, Lifetime, 1999.

Ellen Farris, Lethal Vows, CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host (Coconut Grove), Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, ABC, 1988.

Cohost, Home, ABC, 1989.

Narrator, Not on the Frontline (documentary), PBS, 1991.

Georgeanne Bidwell, Partners, Showtime, 1994.

Host, Her Life & the NFL (documentary), Lifetime, 2002.

100 Sexiest Artists (also known as VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists), VH1, 2002.

Interviewee, E! Entertainer of the Year 2003, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

VH1 Divas, VH1, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

Presenter, Lifetime Presents: Disney's American Teacher Awards, Lifetime, 2001.

Presenter, The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2001.

Presenter, 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2002.

The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2002.

Presenter, The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2003.

Presenter, The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2004.

Presenter, The 46th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Karen Charlene "K. C." Koloski, China Beach, ABC, 1988.

Deadline (also known as Bay City Story and Manhattan Exclusive), ABC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Bobbi Anderson, Stephen King's The Tommyknockers (also known as The Tommyknockers), ABC, 1993.

Debbie Banister, When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn (also known as Soldiers of Misfortune), CBS, 1993.

Jerrilynn Folz, Thanks of a Grateful Nation (also known as The Gulf War), Showtime, 1998.

Patsy Ramsey, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenet and the City of Boulder, 2000.

Film Appearances:

Alex, After Midnight, Metro–Goldwyn Mayer/United Artists, 1989.

Rachel, Always, United Artists/Universal, 1989.

Jenetta, Crooked Hearts, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/Pathe, 1991.

Connie, Desperate Motive (also known as Distant Cousins and Family Reunion), New Line Cinema, 1993.

Margarette, The Cowboy Way, Universal, 1994.

Blind Vengeance, 1994.

Darlene Carpenter, Just Looking, 1995.

Alison Sinclair, Bad Boys (also known as Bulletproof Hearts), Columbia, 1995.

Dr. Laura Baker, Species, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1995.

(Uncredited) Joanna, My Fellow Americans, Warner Bros., 1996.

Sarah Kellogg, Fire Down Below, Warner Bros., 1997.

Dr. Laura Baker, Species II, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1998.

Donna Jensen, Erin Brockovich, Universal, 2000.


Video Games:

Voice of Catherine Willows, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ubi Soft Entertainment, 2003.

Voice of Catherine Willows, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation—Dark Motives, 2004.



Newsmakers, Issue 2, Gale, 2002.


Entertainment Weekly, May 17, 1996, p. 47.

People Weekly, January 22, 2001, pp. 111–112, 115.