Helen Slater

Helen Rachel Slater (born (1963-12-15)December 15, 1963) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She played the title role in the 1984 film Supergirl,[1] 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).[2]

Helen Slater
Slater at the October 17, 2009 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, New York
Helen Rachel Slater

(1963-12-15) December 15, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter
Years active1982–present
Robert Watzke
(m. 1989)

Early lifeEdit

Slater was born in Bethpage, New York. She is Jewish.[3][4][5] Her parents, Alice Joan (née Citrin), a lawyer and nuclear disarmament peace activist based in New York City, and Gerald Slater, a television executive,[6] divorced in 1974.[7] She has a brother, David, who is a lawyer in New York City. Slater attended Great Neck South High School[8] and then transferred to the High School of Performing Arts from which she graduated in 1982.[9] Despite common misconception, she is not related to actor Christian Slater, who played her brother in The Legend of Billie Jean.[10]

Film and television workEdit

Musical careerEdit

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.[11]


In 1985, DC Comics named Slater as one of the honorees in the company's 50th anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great for her work on the Supergirl film.[12]


In 2010, Slater wrote a Supergirl story titled "A Hero's Journey" which appeared in the fiftieth issue of the fifth volume of the Supergirl comic book.[13]


  1. ^ Pantozzi, Jill (2009-12-07). "Helen Slater is Still "Super"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  2. ^ "60 SECONDS: Helen Slater". Metro. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  3. ^ https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-supermensches-save-the-world-1.5298767
  4. ^ https://www.juf.org/celebrities/celebrity.aspx?id=30354
  5. ^ https://www.jewishtampa.com/jews-in-the-news/jews-in-the-news-gal-gadot-scarlett-johansson-and-billy-crystal
  6. ^ "Helen Slater Biography (1963-)". www.filmreference.com.
  7. ^ "Helen Slater Biography – Yahoo! Movies".
  8. ^ Gelder, Lawrence Van (1985-03-03). "Long Islanders; a 'supergirl' Continues to Live up to the Title". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  9. ^ Clark, Krystal (2015-01-22). "Exclusive: Helen Slater reveals how she became the 1st Supergirl, talks CBS reboot". Syfy. Archived from the original on 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  10. ^ Hunter, Rob (August 7, 2014). "28 Things We Learned from 'The Legend of Billie Jean' Commentary". Filmschoolrejects.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Saporito, Joseph R., Cortés Alexander, Thou ‘Swell’, qmetropolis.com, March 18, 2009.
  12. ^ Marx, Barry, Cavalieri, Joey and Hill, Thomas (w), Petruccio, Steven (a), Marx, Barry (ed). "Helen Slater Supergirl Comes to Film" Fifty Who Made DC Great: 51 (1985), DC Comics
  13. ^ Supergirl #50 at the Grand Comics Database

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