Helmond was a seven-time Emmy nominee whose TV credits included Everybody Loves Raymond as Lois Whelan, Coach as the widowed owner of an NFL team, and most recently on vampire drama True Blood as Caroline Bellefleur.
She took home two Golden Globes, both for Best Supporting Actress. She won for Soap in 1981 and for Who's the Boss in 1989.
Helmond appeared in numerous movies as well, including three Terry Gilliam films — Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
She also ventured into the world of theater, earning her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in 1973 play "The Great God Brown." The Hollywood Reporter quotes Helmond as saying theater was “her first love.