Helen Shaver Biography

Birthday: 1951-02-24
Place of Birth: St. Thomas, Ontario
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: This Canadian actress started acting as a late teen in theatre, receiving critical acclaim in her homeland over the years. Hollywood has not been as generous. Although she has worked alongside some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy in Best Defense (1984), Tom Cruise and Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986), Martin Sheen in The Believers (1987), and Peter Boyle in Born to Be Wild (1995), it has been her gutsy, more potent portrayals back home that have reaped the trophies and respect. So far she has won bookend Genie Awards for both "Best Actress" in In Praise of Older Women (1978)and "Supporting Actress" in We All Fall Down (2000). Helen has always courted controversy, none more so than for her sexually-charged role in the afore-mentioned film In Praise of Older Women and for her later performance in Desert Hearts (1985) which featured a torrid lesbian love scene that is still considered one of the most erotic in movie history. Helen eventually stepped behind the camera, directing television segments of "The Outer Limits," "Judging Amy" and "Joan of Arcadia" among many others. Raised in a small city in Ontario, about 120 miles southwest of Toronto, Ontario with her five sisters, Helen suffered from rheumatic fever as a child and was forced to spend six months of each year in bed. She says this triggered her imagination and desire to become an actress. In 1992 Helen received a Theatre World Award for her Broadway stage role in "Jake's Women." Her third husband is key grip Steve Smith and they have one son.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
United States Libby Chapin 1980 Comedy
Jessica Novak 1981 Drama
The Land Before Time Littlefoot's Mother 1988 Adventure
Poltergeist: The Legacy 1996 Horror
Poltergeist the Legacy 1996 Horror
The Education of Max Bickford 2001 Drama
Common Ground Janet 2013 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Osterman Weekend 1983 Action, Crime, Drama
Best Defense 1984 Comedy
Countdown to Looking Glass 1984 Drama
The Color of Money Janelle 1986
Desert Hearts 1986 Drama, Romance
Lost! Linda 1986 Action, Drama
The Believers Jessica Halliday 1987 Drama, Horror, Mystery
The Land Before Time Littlefoot's Mother 1988 Adventure, Family, Drama
Innocent Victim Benet Archdale 1989 Drama
That Night 1992 0
Bethune: The Making of a Hero Mrs. Dowd 1993 Biography, Drama, Romance
Morning Glory Lula Peak 1993 Drama
Born to Be Wild Margaret Heller 1995 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The Craft Grace Downs 1996 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
We All Fall Down Sherry 1997
D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear 2003 Drama, Thriller
The Keeper Ruthie 2004 Crime, Thriller, Drama
Bear with Me Sara Bradley 2005 Adventure, Family
Numb Audrey 2008
Birthday Cake Judith Ferguson 2013 0
Down River Pearl 2013 Drama