'CSI' Actress Recalls Neb. Hometown
.c The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Marg Helgenberger fantasized about becoming a star while plunging knives into beef carcasses during her summer job at a meatpacking plant in her Nebraska hometown.
``I would just daydream about doing Broadway, sing songs through my head. I guess I am sort of proof that dreams do come true,'' said the Emmy-winning actress, star of the CBS hit ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.''
``I just kind of put one foot in front of the other and got lucky,'' said Helgenberger, who worked as a meatpacker in North Bend, Neb. (population 1,213), more than 20 years ago.
She went from college graduation to a four-year role on the daytime soap ``Ryan's Hope.'' Then came her Emmy-winning role of K.C. Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute, on ``China Beach.''
Helgenberger, who plays crime scene investigator Catherine Willows, says she isn't surprised that ``CSI'' is one of television's top-rated shows.
``A good mystery is always going to be in vogue,'' the 43-year-old said by phone from Las Vegas, where she was shooting scenes for the drama.
Doing the well-worn genre in a new format - exploring a crime through forensic science by using special effects and flashbacks - also keeps viewers on their toes.
``I guess it makes them think and also entertains them,'' she said.
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Marg Helgenberger Web site: http://www.marghelgenberger.net
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