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Helen Slayton-Hughes, Prolific TV Actress, Dead at 92

The performer memorably appeared in series like Parks & Recreation and The West Wing.
  • Helen Slayton-Hughes in Parks & Recreation. (Photo: NBC)
    Helen Slayton-Hughes in Parks & Recreation. (Photo: NBC)

    Helen Slayton-Hughes, known for memorable turns in series like Parks & Recreation, has passed away. She was 92. 

    Slayton-Hughes's family announced her death in a Facebook post on December 8. "To the friends and fans of our beloved Helen," the post reads. "Helen passed away last night. Her pain has ended but her fierce spirit lives on. Thank you for the love and support of her and her work. Rest sweet one."

    The actress most notably starred as court stenographer Ethel Beavers in Parks & Recreation, and she also appeared in a number of series ranging from comedies and dramas including Brooklyn Nine-NineSingle ParentsFresh Off the BoatRutherford FallsNew GirlParenthoodRaising HopeDesperate HousewivesTrue BloodMy Name Is EarlArrested DevelopmentThat’s So RavenThe West WingMalcolm in the MiddleNYPD Blue, and Nash Bridges as well as many others. 

    Additionally, Slayton-Hughes had roles in several films, including Good Night, and Good LuckMoxieVeronica Mars, and He's All That

    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Parks and Recreation, NBC, Obits