campaign. In December 2009, Forbes magazine placed Helgenberger third amongst prime-time's top-earning women with estimated earnings of .5 million, after Tyra Banks and Katherine Heigl. Helgenberger received the 2,458th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 23, 2012 for her television work. She lent her voice as Greek goddess Hera to the straight-to-video animated film Wonder Woman. Following William Petersen's departure from CSI, Helgenberger became one of the two highest paid actors in any of the CSI franchises, earning 5,000 per episode, the same as David Caruso, and ,000 more per episode than Laurence Fishburne. Helgenberger only appeared in the first twelve episodes of the twelfth season of CSI, as she wanted to return to the stage.The producers said they left the door open for Helgenberger if she wanted to return.She followed it up with a role in Steven Spielberg's romantic comedy-drama Always (starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman), a modern version of the original 1943 Victor Fleming film A Guy Named Joe.
She is best known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2013), and as K. Koloski in the ABC drama China Beach (1988–1991), which earned her the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.Cooper 1990 Blind Vengeance Virginia Whitelaw TV movie 1991 Crooked Hearts Jennetta 1991 Death Dreams Crista Westfield TV movie 1992 In Sickness and in Health Mickey TV movie 1992 Through the Eyes of a Killer Laurie Fisher TV movie 1993 Partners Georgeanne Bidwell TV movie 1993 The Tommyknockers Roberta "Bobbi" Anderson Miniseries 1993 Distant Cousins Connie 1993 The Seduction of John Hearn Debbie Banister TV movie 1994 Keys Maureen Kickasola TV movie 1994 Lie Down with Lions Kate Nessen TV movie 1994 Where Are My Children?Vanessa Meyer Vernon Scott TV movie 1994 The Cowboy Way Margarette 1995 Just Looking Darlene Carpenter 1995 Bad Boys Capt. Laura Baker 1995 Inflammable Kay Dolan TV movie 1996 Frame by Frame Det.Helgenberger got the chance to act with her husband, Alan Rosenberg, when he guest starred on CSI, Season 5 ("Weeping Willows") and Season 7 ("Leaving Las Vegas").During her time on the show, Helgenberger acted in the feature film Erin Brockovich and portrayed Patsy Ramsey on the miniseries about the mysterious murder of 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant Jon Benét Ramsey in Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.She starred with Steven Seagal in the 1997 action film Fire Down Below and portrayed the furious sibling to Steven Weber's character on the miniseries about the elusive Gulf War Syndrome, Thanks of a Grateful Nation.She also starred opposite Ann-Margret in Showtime's Happy Face Murders.Helgenberger is of Irish and German descent and had a Roman Catholic upbringing. She has one older sister named Ann and a younger brother named Curt.Helgenberger played the French horn in her high school marching band.In 2000, Helgenberger made a guest appearance in the Valentine's Day episode of Frasier, in which Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) finally wears down his dad Martin's resistance and gets the older man to accompany him to the opera.Actually, this invitation is but a smokescreen, so that Frasier can "accidentally" run into his newest dream girl Emily (Helgenberger).