SHE’S A MOM AGAIN
Los Angeles Times / Eugene Register-Guard
June 22, 1991
Marg Helgenberger sees a definite pattern in her career.
Most TV viewers know Helgenberger for her Emmy-winning turn as the cynical prostitute K.C. in ABC’s recently canceled Vietnam War series ‘China Beach.’
“But right before I got ‘China Beach’, I played a mother with two sons in that Dennis Weaver series ‘Buck James’,” Helgenberger said. She’s a devoted mom again tonight in Lifetime’s supernatural thriller ‘Death Dreams,’ her first outing since ‘China Beach.’
Then recently, Helgenberger was filming an episode of HBO’s ‘Tales From the Crypt’ in which she plays – what else? – a fallen woman. But Helgenberger seems to take this quirky typecasting in stride. “I think women can be both (prostitute and mother),” she said.
It was her own newfound maternal instincts from her 8-month-old Hughie, her son with husband and actor Alan Rosenberg, that drew her to ‘Death Dreams’ in which she plays a married woman who has an out-of-body experience when she is clinically dead for six minutes after a car crash. Returning home from the hospital, she discovers she’s able to communicate with her young daughter, who recently drowned. Christopher Reeve plays her husband who doubts his wife’s sanity.
“I have a baby now and the love and the bond between a mother and child…I wanted to do a project like this right now because I was feeling all of these things,” Helgenberger said. “I wanted to take advantage of that.”