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Full name: Helen Rachel Schlacter
Date of birth: December 15, 1963
Hometown: Massapequa, Long Island, New York
Husband: Robert Watzke (married since September 1989)
Children: One daughter, Hannah Nika (born on August 28, 1995)
Education: New York High School of Performing Arts (graduated in 1982)
Bet you didn’t know... Helen’s best friend is name buddy (and fellow actress) Helen Hunt!

Helen Slater got an early start in acting. After graduating from the New York High School of Performing Arts in 1982, she made her acting debut in the after-school special Amy & the Angel — the only film in which she appeared as a natural brunette — opposite James Earl Jones and Matthew Modine.

She got her big break in 1984, landing the titular role in the Superman spin-off Supergirl. She gained a whopping 20 pounds for the role, but the movie received mixed reviews.

Still, she went on to star in the movies The Legend of Billie Jean, Ruthless People, The Secret of My Succe$s, Happy Together, City Slickers, A House in the Hills, and Lassie. She then turned to the small screen, guest-starring in numerous television series.

She’s also appeared in plays on and off Broadway, leading her to co-found the New York theater group Naked Angels in 1986.

Beyond acting, Helen enjoys singing and playing the piano; she has recorded three albums. She married award-winning editor Robert Watzke in 1990, and they have a daughter, Hannah Nika, born on August 28, 1995.

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