[1] She appeared in an episode of the short-lived 1976 CBS adventure series, Spencer's Pilots, starring Gene Evans. First Appearance Retired Originally from Tobago, born there in 1926, she came to Britain as a young child and grew up in east London. MONA HAMMOND Actress, 70. Phil goes to the chip shop, flicks the "open" sign to "closed" and Ian starts to shit himself. Watch trailers & learn more. [4] By February 2010, Alan and Carol have apparently split, with Carol and Billie moving to back to Walford and Alan to Forest Hill, leaving the whereabouts of Blossom unknown. Blossom is great-grandmother to Billie Jackson (Devon Anderson) and although she is not blood-related to the other Jackson children, Bianca (Patsy Palmer), Robbie (Dean Gaffney) and Sonia (Natalie Cassidy), she loves them as if she were. [5] Author Kate Lock describes Blossom as a "robust Tobagonian".[6][7]. She and her family return home after the wake. [1], After her stage debut in As You Like It, Helmond began working in New York City in 1955. 26 October 2010 Portrayed by Blossom is the grandmother of Alan Jackson. Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1929 – February 23, 2019) was an American actress. She picked up Emmy nominations for her role as Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss and as Lois Whelan in Everybody Loves Raymond. He suggested that after her arrival she became the "invisible woman", adding, "the scriptwriters gave her little to do except serve in the cafe and say one line: 'you want another cup of coffee?'". Originally from Tobago, born there in 1926, she came to Britain as a young child and grew up in east London. Blossom is a great support to Carol during her time living in Albert Square, often providing a sympathetic ear when she needs a shoulder to cry on. On screen, she comes to live with Alan and his common-law wife Carol (Lindsey Coulson) at number 25 Albert Square in 1994 after her flat in Wapping is burgled. However, she returns to Walford in October 2010 with Alan, his wife and their son Kai, for Billie's funeral after he dies in his sleep while celebrating his 22nd birthday. Great-grandsons She later embarks on a more serious relationship with local barber Felix Kawalski. She also received acclaim for her stage performance in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Helmond had supporting roles in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976), Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) and Garry Marshall's Overboard (1987). and Soap. [1], For a semester she attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and appeared in its film (Unusual Films Production) Wine of Morning. © BBC Episode Count She is portrayed by Mona Hammond. In 1988 and 1989, she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Who's the Boss?. Blossom Jackson made her first appearance on 16 May 1994. Her first marriage to Nathan ended after he deserted her, and she spent the latter part of her life living with her common-law husband, Bill, until he died in 1993. Following producer Bryan Kirkwood's decision to kill off Blossom's great grandson Billie Jackson (Devon Anderson), Hammond was asked to reprise the role of Blossom for a brief stint. She also played Doris Sherman on Coach and Lois Whelan (the mother of Debra Barone) on Everybody Loves Raymond. Blossom Jackson He later returns for a brief visit to ask Blossom to move there with him, and she accepts his offer and leaves Walford in 1997. What's all this about? It's a phenomenal workload for someone of her age. Watch out for saber-toothed tigers. Actress Mona Hammond, who was in her late 60s at the time, opted to quit playing Blossom in 1997, reportedly because she was suffering from nervous exhaustion due to EastEnders's work schedule. Bourne suggested that Blossom should have become a matriarchal figure to compare to Ena Sharples from rival ITV soap Coronation Street and suggested that Blossom's scenes with grandson Alan lacked the humour, tension and passion that was seen between other characters in EastEnders, like Peggy Mitchell and her son Grant. [9], Fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, "Letchworth youngster to appear in EastEnders", "Exclusive: Devon Anderson exits 'EastEnders, "BLOSSOM OUT; Shattered Mona quits EastEnders", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blossom_Jackson&oldid=963087022, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 June 2020, at 19:06. [4], Helmond appeared in The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) as Emma Borden, the title character's sister. [1] From 1984 to 1992, she played the role of Mona Robinson on the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?. She and her family return home after the wake.