Marg Helgenberger Biography
Marg Helgenberger is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing. Her work has been noted on stage, film and TV. Most of her career has been spent in dramatic roles on television, but she has also had a noteworthy presence in feature films.
Helgenberger earned a degree in drama at Northwestern University. A talent scout recruited her from there to work on the soap opera "Ryan's Hope" (1975) where she appeared over the course of the next four years.
Throughout the 1990s Helgenberger took on numerous roles in made-for-TV movies and as a guest star on many TV series. In particular she appeared in many movies made specifically for the Lifetime cable network and also for Showtime. She won critical acclaim for In Sickness and in Health (1992) (TV), Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1998) (TV) and Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000) (TV).
In TV series she won an Emmy for her portrayal of a hard-bitten prostitute who catered to Vietnam War soldiers, in the series "China Beach" (1988). She also was George Clooney's love interest in a multi-episode arc of the monumentally successful TV series "ER" (1994).
In feature films, Helgenberger has appeared in Tootsie (1982), Steven Spielberg's Always (1989), Species (1995) and In Good Company (2004).
Her greatest claim to fame on the silver screen may be when she played opposite Julia Roberts as a chemical exposure victim in the popular movie Erin Brockovich (2000).
Helgenberger is most known for her TV role as a crime scene investigator in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000). She shared in CSI's 2005 Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
In her personal life, Helgenberger is the daughter of a cancer survivor and is very active in supporting research for breast cancer.
Spouse - Alan Rosenberg (9 September 1989 - present) 1 son
Trade Mark - Strawberry blonde hair
More information on Marg Helgenberger
Earned a B.S. degree from the School of Speech (now the School of Communications) at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).
On "ER" (1994) episode #2.21, "ER: Take These Broken Wings (#2.21)" (1996), Karen Hines, the character she played, wears a Northwestern University pullover.
Has a son: Hugh Howard Rosenberg; born Oct 21, 1990 and named after Marg's father, who died in 1986 of complications from Multiple Sclerosis.
Got her start as a local news weather girl in her native Nebraska. The news producer felt her name was too long and made her change it to Margi McCarty. This was her night job. Her day job was as a meat boner at the meat packing plant where her father was a meat inspector.
Her Hollywood home once belonged to silent movie star William S. Hart
Six years before the premiere of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), she and Gary Dourdan starred together in an unsuccessful TV series pilot called Keys (1994) (TV).
Had a plane scare while attempting to fly from Dallas, Texas to Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot aborted take-off after the plane blew two tires. Marg eventually made it to Omaha. [October 20, 2005]
Sister-in-law of Mark Rosenberg and Paula Weinstein.
Middle of 3 children. Her older sister is Ann Helgenberger (jazz musician) and her younger brother is Curt Helgenberger (a meat inspector).
Daughter of Hugh Helgenberger, who was a meat inspector, and Kay Helgenberger, who was a nurse. Marj originally wanted to be a nurse like her mother.
Her mother, Kay, is an Irish American and her father, Hugh, was a German American.
Meet husband Alan in 1984 and they started dating in 1986.
Her hometown of North Bend, Nebraska named a local street after her called Helgenberger Avenue.
Personal quotes from Marg Helgenberger
"I doubt it will be any kind of an intimate relationship. We always will have some closeness, but I think we have just a marriage of the minds, the two of us, and he's great to work with (William Petersen). A bit of yin and yang in that relationship, for sure." - asked if Catherine's relationship with Gil Grissom might ever turn romantic.
About Madonna: "Life will always be good as long as Madonna is around. I don't think of her as a guilty pleasure anymore - she's an outright pleasure" (In Style magazine, Sept/2006).
We had a murder taking place at a foam party...which once again made me feel so old...So often I'm like, 'What the hell's that?'
Marg Helgenberger Filmography
Actress: In Production 2000s 1990s 1980s
Columbus Day (2008) .... Alice
Conan: Red Nails (2008) (voice) .... Princess Tascela
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" .... Catherine Willows (176 episodes, 2000-2008)
... aka C.S.I. (USA: short title)
... aka CSI: Las Vegas (USA: syndication title)
... aka CSI: Weekends (USA: promotional title)
... aka Experts, Les (Canada: French title)
- Bull (2008) TV episode .... Catherine Willows
- Lying Down with Dogs (2007) TV episode .... Catherine Willows
- Cockroaches (2007) TV episode .... Catherine Willows
- You Kill Me (2007) TV episode .... Catherine Willows
- Goodbye and Good Luck (2007) TV episode .... Catherine Willows
Mr. Brooks (2007) .... Emma Brooks
In Good Company (2004) .... Ann Foreman
"King of the Hill" .... Mrs. Hanover / ... (1 episode, 2004)
- Hank's Back (2004) TV episode (voice) .... Mrs. Hanover/Pretty Student
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives (2004) (VG) (voice) .... CSI Level 3 Catherine Willows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Catherine Willows
"CSI: Miami" .... Catherine Willows (1 episode, 2002)
- Cross-Jurisdictions (Pilot) (2002) TV episode .... Catherine Willows
Erin Brockovich (2000) .... Donna Jensen
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000) (TV) .... Patsy Ramsey
"Frasier" .... Emily (1 episode, 2000)
- Out with Dad (2000) TV episode .... Emily
Lethal Vows (1999) (TV) .... Ellen Farris
Happy Face Murders (1999) (TV) .... Jen Powell
"Partners" .... Eve Darrin (1 episode, 1999)
- Pilot (1999) TV episode .... Eve Darrin
Giving Up the Ghost (1998) (TV) .... Anna Hobson
Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1998) (TV) .... Jerrilynn Folz
... aka The Gulf War
Species II (1998) .... Dr. Laura Baker
Gold Coast (1997) (TV) .... Karen DiCilia
... aka Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast
Fire Down Below (1997) .... Sarah Kellogg
The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) .... Lizzy
Murder Live! (1997) (TV) .... Pia Postman
My Fellow Americans (1996) (uncredited) .... Joanna
"ER" .... Karen Hines (5 episodes, 1996)
- John Carter, M.D. (1996) TV episode .... Karen Hines
- Take These Broken Wings (1996) TV episode .... Karen Hines
- Fevers of Unknown Origin (1996) TV episode .... Karen Hines
- Fire in the Belly (1996) TV episode .... Karen Hines
- The Healers (1996) TV episode (uncredited) .... Karen Hines
Conundrum (1996) (TV) .... Det. Rose Ekberg
... aka Frame by Frame
Inflammable (1995) (TV) .... Lt. (j.g.) Kay Dolan
"The Larry Sanders Show" .... Susan Elliott (1 episode, 1995)
- Nothing Personal (1995) TV episode .... Susan Elliott
Species (1995) .... Dr. Laura Baker
Bad Boys (1995) .... Capt. Alison Sinclair
Just Looking (1995) .... Darlene Carpenter
Where Are My Children? (1994) (TV) .... Vanessa Meyer Vernon Scott
Lie Down with Lions (1994) (TV) .... Kate Nessen
... aka Red Eagle
The Cowboy Way (1994) .... Margarette
Keys (1994) (TV) .... Maureen 'Kick' Kickasola
... aka Keys to Her Past (USA)
Blind Vengeance (1994)
"Fallen Angels" .... Eve Cressy (1 episode, 1993)
- I'll Be Waiting (1993) TV episode .... Eve Cressy
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn (1993) (TV) .... Debbie Banister
... aka When Love Kills (Australia)
Distant Cousins (1993) .... Connie
... aka Desperate Motive
The Tommyknockers (1993) (TV) .... Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson
... aka Stephen King's The Tommyknockers
Partners (1993) (TV) .... Georgeanne Bidwell
Through the Eyes of a Killer (1992) (TV) .... Laurie Fisher
... aka The Master Builder
In Sickness and in Health (1992) (TV) .... Mickey
... aka Hearts on Fire
"The Hidden Room" .... Jane (1 episode, 1991)
- A Friend in Need (1991) TV episode .... Jane
"Tales from the Crypt" .... Vicki (1 episode, 1991)
... aka HBO's Tales from the Crypt
- Deadline (1991) TV episode .... Vicki
"China Beach" .... K.C. / ... (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
- Hello Goodbye (1991) TV episode .... K.C.
- Through and Through (1991) TV episode (credit only) .... K.C.
- Rewind (1991) TV episode (credit only) .... K.C.
- Quest (1991) TV episode .... K.C.
- The Always Goodbye (1991) TV episode .... K.C.
Death Dreams (1991) (TV) .... Crista Westfield
Crooked Hearts (1991) .... Jennetta
Blind Vengeance (1990) (TV) .... Virginia Whitelaw
Peacemaker (1990/II) .... Mrs. Cooper
Always (1989) .... Rachel
After Midnight (1989) .... Alex
"thirtysomething" .... Cooper (1 episode, 1987)
- Weaning (1987) TV episode .... Cooper
"Matlock" .... Laura Norwood / ... (1 episode, 1987)
- The Gambler (1987) TV episode .... Victoria Rollins/Laura Norwood
"Shell Game" .... Natalie Thayer (6 episodes, 1987)
- Dead Wrong (1987) TV episode .... Natalie Thayer
- Pai Gow (1987) TV episode .... Natalie Thayer
- The Upstairs Gardener (1987) TV episode .... Natalie Thayer
- The Old Team (1987) TV episode .... Natalie Thayer
- Norman's Parking Ticket (1987) TV episode .... Natalie Thayer
"Spenser: For Hire" .... Nancy Kettering (1 episode, 1986)
- An Eye for an Eye (1986) TV episode .... Nancy Kettering
"Ryan's Hope" .... Siobhan Ryan Novak (20 episodes, 1982-1986)
- Episode dated 24 October 1985 (1985) TV episode .... Siobhan Ryan Novak
- Episode #1.2636 (1985) TV episode .... Siobhan Ryan Novak
- Episode #1.2635 (1985) TV episode .... Siobhan Ryan Novak
- Episode #1.2634 (1985) TV episode .... Siobhan Ryan Novak
- Episode #1.2633 (1985) TV episode .... Siobhan Ryan Novak
Tootsie (1982) (uncredited) .... Suzanne