Marg Helgenberger was born on November 16, 1958 to Hugh and Kay Helgenberger
in Fremont, Nebraska. Marg grew up in North Bend on the Platte River
with her sister Ann and brother Curt.
She attended Kearney State College and
transferred to Northwestern Alumnus School of Speech in Evanston, Illinois.
Marg majored in Speech and Drama. She caught the acting bug the when she
landed role of Blanche Dubois in a university production of A
Streetcar Named Desire.
A scout for Ryan's Hope discovered
Marg when she performed in an NU campus production of Shakespeare's
Taming of the Shrew as Kate, summer of 1981. The scout offered Marg a
possible role on Ryan's Hope and Marg wanted to finish college
first. So she promised to check back with Marg and she did. Hence, her first
professional acting role as the character Siobhan Ryan.
In 1984 she met Alan Rosenberg
a guest actor portraying a pimp on RH. She thought he was handsome and they
started dating in 1986. They married in 1989 and have one son Hughie named
after Marg's father, Hugh Helgenberger.
Marg's work has been honored by
receiving The Q Award (Viewers for Quality Television) three years
consecutively, 89, 90 and 91 for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama
Series, China Beach.) In 1990 she won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting
Actress in a Drama Series, China Beach. She was also nominated for an Emmy
in 91 and 92 respectively for China Beach. She was Emmy nominated for her
work as Catherine Willows on Crime Scene Investigation Emmy Outstanding Lead
Actress in a Drama Series (2000).
biography courtesy of
||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
The Complete First Season on DVD