Marg Helgenberger is an actress. She was born as Mary Marg Helgenberger on November 16, 1958 at Fremont, Nebraska. Her mother is Mary Kay and her father is Hugh Helgenberger. She was brought up in North Bend in Nebraska where she attended North Bend Central High School, from where she also graduated. The actress came from an Irish and German lineage and grew up as a Roman Catholic. She played French Horn instrument during her high school. When she attended college, she wanted to become a nurse just like her mother but she studied at Kerney State College (University of Nebraska at Kearney) then she studied at Northwestern University, a school of speech located at Evanston, Illinois and took a degree in speech and drama.
Marg started her career as a weather person on ABC’s affiliated station, KHGI-TV in Nebraska while studying college. Her name was changed to Margi McCarty by the producer of the show. She also worked on her father’s business as a deboner. She developed her passion for acting after doing the role of Blanche Dubois in the play, A Streetcar Named Desire. She was spotted by a talent scout while acting in the campus production’s of Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare. Shortly after she finished college, Marg acted on her very first professional role as Siobhan Ryan Novak on ABC’s Ryan’s Hope. She left the show in year 1986.
She made a guest appearance in an episode of the mystery series, Spenser: For Hire and later acted in the legal drama series, Matlock. Marg also made an appearance on ABC’s Thirtysomething. In 1987, she became a regular as Natalie Thayer in the comedy-drama series, Shell Game. She played as a prostitute in the dramatic series, China Beach from year 1988 – 1991. Her role as Karen Charlene ‘K.C.’ Koloski earned her an Emmy Award in 1990.
She made her film debut in the horror anthology film, After Midnight in 1989, where she played the role of Alex, an employee of an all-night telephone messaging service. Afterwards, she essayed the role of Rachel in the romantic drama film, Always under the direction of
. In 1994, she played as Margarette, opposite with Pepper Lewis (played by
) in the comedy film, The Cowboy Way. In 1995, she donned a small role as Captain Alison Sinclair in the action comedy film, Bad Boys. In the same year, the actress also acted as a molecular biologist in the sci-fi thriller film, Species and reprised her role as Dr. Laura Baker in 1998’s Species II.
She was also seen in the television films, In Sickness and in Health and Not on the Frontline. She also donned a role in I’ll Be Waiting and later acted as a novelist in the 1993 miniseries, The Tommyknockers. The brilliant actress made a recurring role opposite with in the medical drama series, ER. She also played as a sex-starved widow in Gold Coast. She was starred in the 1997 action film, Fire Down Below as Sarah Kellogg. In 1998, Marg played as a mad sibling in the miniseries, Thanks of a Grateful Nation. She was featured as Jennifer Powell in the 1999 made for TV, Happy Face Murders.
She made a guest appearance on NBC’s Frasier in the Valentine’s Day episode in year 2000. Marg gained her fame and popularity after bagging the role of Catherine Willows, CSI Assistant Supervisor in the crime drama series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her portrayal as the main lead gained her Emmy Awards and Golden Globe nominations. She also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, together with the rest of the CSI casts. To make her role more convincing, the actress went to the Clark County Coroner’s office to know more about the role she will portray. Marg also acted with her husband, Alan Rosenberg after making a guest appearance on the Season 5 of the show in the episode, Weeping Willows and Season 7’s Leaving Las Vegas.
While doing the CSI, she also bagged the role of Donna Jensen in the biographical film, Erin Brockovich in 2000, which stars . Later, she played as Patsy Ramsey in the television series, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. In 2004, Marg acted as Ann Foreman, the wife of Dan Foreman (played by
) and the mother of Alex Foreman (played by ) in the comedy film, In Good Company.
In year 2006, the actress’ hometown in North Bend, Nebraska renamed its name on which she spent her childhood. It was later called as Helgenberger Avenue. In 2007, she essayed the role of Emma Brooks opposite with Mr. Earl Brooks (played by
) in the psychological thriller film, Mr. Brooks. She was also selected to be the endorser of the advertising campaign, ‘Got Milk?’ In 2009, she was ranked as the third primetime’s top earning women with an approximate earnings of $9.5-Million, next to the popular model,
. She received her Hollywood Walk of Fame in year 2012. Marg also voiced the character of Hera in the 2009 direct-to-DVD animated film,
. After William Petersen left the CSI series, she became one of the highest paid actress in the media franchise of CSI. She was paid a total of $375,000 each episode which rank the same with David Caruso. She appeared on the first 12 episodes of CSI’s 12th season and left the show on January 2012 to return to the stage. Recently, she was featured in the cyber-themed action series, Intelligence. Marg also returned to CSI’s 300th episode as Catherine.
She got married to Alan Rosenberg in 1989. The two met while filming Ryan’s Hope and Alan made a guest appearance at that time. They have a son named, Hugh Howard Rosenberg. They got divorce in February 2010.