Shaver, Helen 1951(?)–

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SHAVER, Helen 1951(?)


Born February 24, 1951 (some sources cite 1952), in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada; married Steven Smith; children: Mackenzie. Education: Attended University of Victoria; studied acting at Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Addresses: Agent Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Manager Tavel Entertainment, 9171 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 406, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Publicist Baker/Wynokur/Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Floor W., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress, director, and writer. Began career as a stage actress in Canada.

Awards, Honors: Canadian Film Award (now Genie Award), best performance by a leading actress, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1978, for In Praise of Older Women; Genie Award nomination, best supporting actress, c. 1980, for Who Has Seen the Wind?; Bronze Leopard Award, Locarno International Film Festival, 1985, for Desert Hearts; Genie Award nomination, best actress in a leading role, 1987, for Lost!; Gemini Award nomination, best lead actress in a dramatic program or miniseries, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1989, for No Blame; Theatre World Award, 1992, for Jake's Women; Annual CableACE Award, National Cable Television Association, c. 1995, for "Sandkings: Parts 1 & 2," The Outer Limits; Children's Jury Award, outstanding liveaction feature film, 1999, Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 1999, and Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directing in a children's special, 2000, both for Summer's End; Genie Award, best supporting actress, 2001, for We All Fall Down; Gemini Award nomination, best direction in a dramatic series, 2001, for The Outer Limits.


Film Appearances:

Paula Lissitzen, Shoot, Avco Embassy, 1976.

Girl hitchhiker, The Supreme Kid, Cinepix, 1976.

Jo, Outrageous!, Cinema V, 1977.

Pickup, HighBallin', American International Pictures, 1978.

Ann MacDonald, In Praise of Older Women (also known as En hommage aux femmes de trente ans ), Avco Embassy, 1978.

Betty Duncan, Starship Invasions (also known as Alien Encounter, Project Genocide, War of the Aliens, and Winged Serpent ), Warner Bros., 1978.

Carolyn, The Amityville Horror, American International Pictures, 1979.

Ruth Thompson, Who Has Seen the Wind?, Cinema World, 1980.

Rhonda, Gas, Paramount, 1981.

Catherine Tuttle, Harry TracyDesperado (also known as Harry Tracy ), Quartet, 1982.

Virginia Tremayne, The Osterman Weekend, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1983.

Claire Lewis, Best Defense, Paramount, 1984.

Coming Out Alive, TransWorld Entertainment, 1984.

Vivian Bell, Desert Hearts, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1985.

Maria, The War Boy, Hollywood Home Entertainment, 1985.

Janelle, The Color of Money, Buena Vista, 1986.

Linda, Lost!, SimcomNorstar, 1986.

(Uncredited) Sarah, The Men's Club, 1986.

Jessica Halliday (some sources cite Jessica Hallowell), The Believers, Orion, 1987.

Herself, Walking after Midnight, Kay Film, 1988.

Voice of Littlefoot's mother, The Land before Time (animated), Universal, 1988.

Benet Archdale, Innocent Victim (also known as The Tree of Hands ), Castle Hill/Academy Home, 1990.

A Smile in the Dark (also known as California 405, A Day in L.A., Destination Unknown, and Jungle of Love ), 1991.

Diane, Zebrahead (also known as The Colour of Love ), Triumph Releasing, 1992.

Mrs. Dowd, Dr. Bethune (also known as Bethune: The Making of a Hero ), Tara Releasing, 1993.

Ann O'Connor, That Night (also known as One Hot Summer ), Warner Bros., 1993.

Margaret Heller, Born to Be Wild (also known as Katie ), Warner Bros., 1995.

Kate White Reilly, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Universal, 1995.

Slim, Rowing Through, 1996.

Rachel Rowen, Open Season, Republic Home Video, 1996.

Grace Downs, The Craft, Columbia TriStar, 1996.

Egg Salad, 1996.

Sherry, We All Fall Down, Road Cone, 2000.

Sara Bradley, Bear with Me, River of Stone Productions/WIC Entertainment, 2000.

Ruthie, The Keeper, GTF Entertainment, 2003.

Also appeared in Christina and The Naked Man.

Film Work:

Executive producer, We All Fall Down, Road Cone, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Dr. Liz Warren, Search and Rescue: The Alpha Team (also known as Search and Rescue ), NBC, 19771978.

Libby Chapin, United States, NBC, then Arts and Entertainment, 1980.

Title role, Jessica Novak, CBS, 1981.

Kelby Robinson, WIOU, CBS, 19901991.

Rachel Corrigan, Poltergeist: The Legacy, syndicated, beginning 1996.

Erica Bettis, The Education of Max Bickford, CBS, beginning 2001.

Also appeared in the series Terminal City, CBC (Canada).

Television Appearances; Movies:

Patty, Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II, CBS, 1978.

Miss Beecher, Off Your Rocker, 1980.

Susan Frazer, Between Two Brothers, CBS, 1982.

Dorian Waldorf, Countdown to Looking Glass, HBO, 1984.

Valery Weaver, The Park Is Mine, HBO, 1985.

Sally Robinson, Many Happy Returns, CBS, 1986.

Amy Donaldson, No Blame, 1988.

Claire Nichols, Mothers, Daughters, and Lovers (also known as American River ), NBC, 1989.

Dr. Diane Decker, "The Dancer's Touch," B. L. Stryker (broadcast as a segment of ABC Mystery Movie ), ABC, 1989.

Vivian Dimitri, Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (broadcast as a segment of ABC Saturday Mystery ), ABC, 1990.

Rose, Pair of Aces (also known as RIP ), CBS, 1990.

Elaine Tipton, Fatal Memories (also known as The Eileen Franklin Story and Memory of a Murder ), NBC, 1992.

Edie Ballew, Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders (also known as Blind Angel and Murder So Sweet ), CBS, 1993.

Katherine Woodfield, Trial & Error, USA Network, 1993.

Stacy Larkin, Survive the Night (also known as Endless Fear and Night Hunt ), USA Network, 1993.

Lula Peaks, Morning Glory, 1993.

Katherine Barnes, Ride with the Wind, ABC, 1994.

Nora Fields, Without Consent (also known as Tell Laura I Love Her and Trapped and Deceived ), ABC, 1994.

Dr. Monique Dessier, The ForgetMeNot Murders (also known as Janek: The ForgetMeNot Murders and Janek: The Wallflower Murders ), CBS, 1994.

Dr. Monique Dessier, A Silent Betrayal (also known as Janek: The Brownstone Murders and Janek: A Silent Betrayal ), CBS, 1994.

Ellen (some sources cite Mary), Falling for You, CBS, 1995.

Mrs. Martin, The Sweetest Gift, Showtime, 1998.

Wallis Clayton, The Wishing Tree, Showtime, 1999.

Janet, Common Ground, Showtime, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Police Surgeon, syndicated, 1975.

"Detroit Story," King of Kensington, syndicated, 1976.

Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, multiple appearances, between 1979 and 1991.

Teresa, "Officer of the Year," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Teresa, "A Hair of the Dog," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Teresa, "The Phantom of the Hill," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Teresa, "No Body's Perfect," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Lisa Jericho, "The Shadow of Truth," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1983.

Karen, "Mirror, Mirror...," Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories (also known as Amazing Stories ), NBC, 1986.

"Spanish Blood," Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, HBO, 1986.

"Who Has Seen the Wind," WonderWorks, PBS, 1987.

Miss Haight, "The Emissary," Ray Bradbury Theatre, First Choice (Canada), then USA Network, both 1988.

Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, 1992.

Cathy Kress, "Sandkings: Parts 1 & 2," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1995.

Dianna McKinney, "Next of Kin," Dead Man's Gun, Showtime, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

M*A*S*H, Tootsie, and God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart, PBS, 1998.

Interviewee, Outer Limits Farewell Tribute, Showtime, 2000.

Television Appearances; Other:

Herself, The Grand Knockout Tournament, 1987.

President Marjorie Litchfield, The First Gentleman (pilot), CBS, 1994.

Lynn Todd, The Risen, 2002.

Television Director; Movies:

Summer's End, Showtime, 1999.

(And producer) Due East, Showtime, 2002.

Television Director; Episodic:

"The Bones of St. Anthony," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime, SciFi Channel, and syndicated, 1996.

"Brother's Keeper," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime, SciFi Channel, and syndicated, 1996.

"Last Supper," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1997.

"Stagecoach Marty," Dead Man's Gun, Showtime, 1997.

"Lithia," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1998.

"Nightmare," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1998.

"Phobos Rising," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1998.

"Bulls and Bears," The Net, USA Network, 1998.

"What Will the Neighbors Think?," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1999.

"Star Crossed," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 1999.

"Simon Says," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits ), Showtime and syndicated, 2000.

"This Crazy Life," Soul Food, Showtime, 2001.

"Don't Ask Don't Tell," The Associates, 2001.

"8 1/2 Narrow," Judging Amy, CBS, 2001.

"Boys to Men," Judging Amy, CBS, 2002.

"Just Say Oops," Judging Amy, CBS, 2003.

"Death's Details," Just Cause, PAX, 2003.

Also directed episodes of The Agency; Beggars and Choosers, Showtime; Dead Like Me, Showtime; and The District, CBS.

Stage Appearances:

Tamara, Los Angeles, 1984.

Julia, Ghost on Fire, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, 1985.

Maggie, Jake's Women, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1992.

Also appeared in Are You Lookin'?, A Doll's House, The Hostage, and The Master Builder.


Audio Books:

Narrator, Stories from Wilderness Tips, by Margaret Atwood, 1992.