Helen Rachel Slater
December 15, 1963
Bethpage, New York, U.S.
Helen Rachel Slater (born Supergirl, and returned to the 2015 TV series of the same name, this time as Supergirl's adoptive mother, Eliza Danvers. In the intervening years, she starred in several films including The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), Ruthless People (1986), The Secret of My Success (1987), and City Slickers (1991). She additionally found work as an actress in television, and stage projects, including three guest appearances on the series Smallville (2007–2010).December 15, 1963) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She played the title role in the 1984 film
Slater was born in Bethpage, New York. She is Jewish. Her parents, Alice Joan (née Citrin), a lawyer and nuclear disarmament peace activist based in New York City, and Gerald Slater, a television executive, divorced in 1974. She has a brother, David, who is a lawyer in New York City. Slater attended Great Neck South High School and then transferred to the High School of Performing Arts from which she graduated in 1982.
Film and television work
|1984||Supergirl||Kara Zor-El / Linda Lee / Supergirl|
|1985||The Legend of Billie Jean||Billie Jean Davy|
|1986||Ruthless People||Sandy Kessler|
|1987||The Secret of My Success||Christy Wills|
|1989||Happy Together||Alexandra Page||Also features singing by Slater|
|1991||City Slickers||Bonnie Rayburn|
|1993||Betrayal of the Dove||Ellie West|
|1993||A House in the Hills||Alex Weaver|
|1994||Lassie||Laura Turner||Also features singing by Slater|
|1995||No Way Back||Mary|
|1997||The Long Way Home||Herself (voice)||Documentary film|
|1999||Carlo's Wake||Lisa Torello|
|2001||Nowhere in Sight||Carly Bauers|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Penelope|
|2011||Beautiful Wave||Jane Davenport||Direct-to-video|
|2012||Model Minority||Mrs. Ambrose|
|2015||The Curse of Downers Grove||Diane|
|2016||DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year||Martha Kent (voice)|||
|2016||A Remarkable Life||Iris|
|1982||ABC Afterschool Special||Amy Watson||Episode: "Amy & the Angel"|
|1988||Improv Tonite||Herself||Guest host|
|1990||The Great Air Race||Jacqui Cochrane||Television miniseries|
|1990||Capital News||Anne McKenna||Television film|
|1991||The Hidden Room||Lauren||Episode: "Wasting Away"|
|1992||Seinfeld||Becky Gelke||Uncredited; episode: "The Good Samaritan"|
|1992||Dream On||Sarah||Episode: "Theory of Relativity"|
|1992–1994||Batman: The Animated Series||Talia (voice)||"Off Balance"|
"The Demon's Quest, Part 1"
"The Demon's Quest, Part 2"
|1993||12:01||Lisa Fredericks||Television film|
|1993||Chantilly Lace||Hannah||Television film|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Elsa Freedman||Television film|
|1997||Caroline in the City||Cassandra Thompson||Uncredited; episode: "Caroline and the Monkeys"|
|1997||Toothless||Mrs. Lewis||Television film|
|1997–1998||Michael Hayes||Julie Siegel||3 episodes|
|1998||Best Friends for Life||Pammy Cahill||Television film|
|2001||Will & Grace||Peggy Truman||Episode: "Moveable Feast"|
|2003||Boston Public||Mrs. McNeal||Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Four"|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Susan Coyle||Episode: "Families"|
|2005||Grey's Anatomy||Nadia Shelton||Episode: "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"|
|2006||Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall||Stella Andre||Television film|
|2006||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Liz||Episode: “Teach Your Children Well”|
|2007||Crossing Jordan||Elaine Tallridge||Episode: "Seven Feet Under"|
|2009||Supernatural||Susan Carter||Episode: "Family Remains"|
|2009||Eleventh Hour||Susan Wynne||Episode: "Medea"|
|2009||Greek||Dr. Magda Stephanopoulos||Episode: "Guilty Treasures"|
|2010–2011||Gigantic||Jennifer Brooks||10 episodes|
|2010||CSI: NY||Elizabeth Harris||Episode: "Do Not Pass Go"|
|2011||Private Practice||Erin||Episode: "Two Steps Back"|
|2011||Rock the House||Diane Petersen||Television film|
|2011||Drop Dead Diva||Penny Brecker||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|2011–2013||The Lying Game||Kristin Mercer||Main cast|
|2013||The Good Mother||Cheryl Jordan||Television film|
|2014||Caper||Luke's Mom||Episode: "All Hands on Peltas". YouTube and Hulu series.|
|2014||The Young and the Restless||Dr. Chiverton||4 episodes|
|2015||Mad Men||Sheila||Episode: "Person to Person"|
|2015–present||Supergirl||Eliza Danvers||12 episodes|
|2015||Agent X||Helen Eckhart||Episode: "Fidelity"|
|2016||DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High||Martha Kent (voice)||Television film|
In 1987, Slater co-founded the New York theater group, The Naked Angels, with Gina Gershon. And in 1991, she also co-founded, with her husband, Robert Watzke, the L.A. based theater group The Bubalaires.
In 2003, she released a CD, One of These Days, consisting of her original songs. The tracks were real-time recordings with Slater singing and playing piano, accompanied by six other musicians; no multitracking, editing, or dubbing was employed. In 2005, she released a second CD, Crossword, which used the same recording approach as the first CD. Both albums were produced by Phillip Swann. In 2008, Cortes Alexander recorded Slater's "Any Day Now" and "Love'll Come & Do Just That" on his album Swell.
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