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Helen Daniels (née Simpson) 1985-1997
Lived: 26, 32 Ramsay Street
Born: c. 1922
Marital Status: Bill Daniels (died 1969), Michael Daniels (1991; dissolved), Reuben White (1995; died)
Siblings: Gwen and Laura
Children: Anne; Rosemary (adoptive)
Family Tree: Daniels/Simpson
Occupation: Artist, Home James Director
Died: 1997

Helen Simpson married her childhood sweetheart Bill Daniels at the age of 17 and soon after gave birth to a daughter, Anne. Helen was told by the doctors she was unable to have any more children and so adopted another, Rosemary, five years later not wanting Anne to grow up lonely. Like her mother, Anne married young - to engineering student Jim Robinson - a man with whom Helen got on remarkably well. Jim was always more of a best friend to Helen than son-in-law and the two shared a deep bond and lasting friendship for many years to come. Rosemary, meanwhile, graduated from university with honours in business and finance and left Erinsborough for the USA, where she went on to found the international organisation, The Daniels Corporation.

Heartbreak hit Helen in 1969 when, after a short illness, her beloved Bill died just after Anne had given birth to her third child, Scott. Helen was left heartbroken and moved out of her home which was too lonely for her and into an apartment near Anne and her family. From then on Helen devoted all her time to being with her three beloved grandchildren, Paul, Julie and Scott. But more heartbreak came for the family in 1975 when Anne died after giving birth to a daughter, Lucy. A devastated Helen moved into the Robinson house to look after Jim and the children and became like a surrogate mother to them, especially little Lucy. Although Helen was a talented artist, looking after the Robinsons became her preoccupation when she took over the running of No. 26. Helen soon settled into Ramsay Street and became a well-known, trusted and valued member of the community. And even though raising the children with Jim took up most of her time, Helen still found time to continue with her art and become something of a mediator in neighbourhood disputes. She devoted herself to endless community groups, was always on hand for church fundraisers and always had a sympathetic ear and a cup of tea waiting for any of her neighbours and friends in times of crisis. Many of Helen's paintings were shown in galleries in Erinsborough and beyond, and Helen also proved herself to be a successful businesswoman. She established her own chauffeur company, Home James, in 1986, which she ran as a subsidiary of The Daniels Corporation, sharing the office at Lassiter's Complex with Paul, who was managing the Australian end of Rosemary's company. Helen also regularly helped Paul out at the office, and retained an interest in the company for many years, through various ownerships.

Helen's caring nature was taken advantage of when she met conman Douglas Blake at one of her exhibitions at the bank. He was a charmer who promised to marry her and made Helen the happiest she had been since Bill's death. But Blake tricked her into parting with her life savings under the guise of buying property. He did a runner and Helen was left shattered and feeling used. However, months later she got her revenge on him when he tried to pull the same stunt with Helen's next door neighbour and best friend, Madge Ramsay and the police caught him.

Helen's widowed sister Laura Dennison visited soon after with 16 year-old daughter Nikki in tow. Laura's visit was a doubly heartbreaking when she firstly revealed that Helen's best friend Grace Barnett had had an affair with Bill many years before and then with the announcement that she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. A forgiving Helen decided to let what happened in the past rest and agreed to look after Nikki while Laura went away for treatment.

When Helen visited Rosemary in the States she was quite taken with the new man in her daughter's life - Gerard Singer. With Gerard being quite a few years older than Rosemary it was only natural that he would get on well with Helen but nobody expected the two to fall in love. Horrified at the feelings she was having towards her daughter's fiancee, Helen hurried back to Erinsborough. But when Gerard had business to attend to in Australia, he decided to look Helen up. The two embarked on an affair only for it to be cut short by the arrival of Rosemary, also in town on business. Rosemary soon realised that Helen and Gerard were more than friends and promptly finished with Gerard and broke off all contact with Helen. Gerard and Helen decided it wouldn't be right to carry on with their relationship and so, Gerard left Erinsborough. And much to the relief of Helen, Rosemary managed to forgive her before returning to New York.

When Jim married Dr. Beverly Marshall in 1988, Helen decided to move out of the Robinson house, thinking it would be better for her not to be around as Jim started a new marriage. Another factor in Helen's decision was the arrival of Beverly's nephew and niece, Todd and Katie Landers, whose presence meant the Robinson house was becoming quite crowded. Helen found a comfortable apartment not far from Erinsborough, and after overcoming initial suspicions that the place was haunted when she first move in, settled in nicely and was happy there for a time. It was while living in the apartment that Helen contemplated leaving Erinsborough for a new life in the Bungle Bungles with her artist friend, Frank Darcy, with whom she had become involved during a previous trip there. Helen agonised over whether or not she should leave her family and friends behind for love, but eventually decided she couldn't leave Erinsborough since she was a city girl at heart, and Frank, unable to leave the country behind him, was forced to return to the Bungle Bungles alone.

Shortly afterwards, the Robinsons delighted Helen by asking her to move back home to No. 26, and Beverly was particularly pleased with Helen's return since her attempts at running the Robinson household while juggling a medical practice had proved too difficult. When Helen befriended a young artist, Nick Page and his grandmother had to go into hospital, where she died soon after, having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Helen took Nick in and let him stay with her at No. 26. Nick and Helen's love of art were the foundations for a lasting friendship between the two and Helen passed on her painting skills to Nick. Beverly, meanwhile, was to later save Helen's life after she suffered a massive stroke in the living room of No. 26 one evening. Helen was in hospital for weeks, having slipped into a coma, only wakening after Todd made a tape of all her friends and family and played it to her. It took Helen a long time to recover fully, but help and support was never in short supply with her family and friends more than willing to help her on the road to recovery. However, Helen rejected a lot of her family's concerns, such was her determination to look after herself. The final straw came when she found a 'Help Helen' rota that Nick had organised, and Helen was forced to make it clear to the rest of the family that she was perfectly alright.

When Nick left Erinsborough for an art scholarship in London, Helen was thrilled and proud of the first of many young waifs and strays she took under her wing. Helen had always had a good relationship with young people - it was Helen who intervened when her grandson Scott's marriage to Charlene Mitchell, Madge's daughter, hit the rocks and when quiet and shy Jane Harris moved into Ramsay Street with her strict grandmother Mrs. Mangel, Helen and neighbour Daphne Clarke brought Jane out of her shell by giving her a complete makeover for the school dance. Helen was the one who had realised that Paul was truly in love with his wife, Gail, even though they had only married as a business deal, and she fought for the two to own up to their feelings for each other and marry for real. Helen also became a surrogate 'gran' to young Katie, as she struggled to adapt to life in a new family, and Helen was of constant comfort to her whenever she started missing her mother, Annette, who had suffered a nervous breakdown after her marriage had broke down.

When Jim's flighty mother Bess died, the whole family was surprised when she left Helen $150,000 in her will to thank her for caring for Jim and the kids over the years. Soon after, Helen received a blackmail demand for $20,000 with threats to the welfare of her family. Helen decided the well being of her family was worth more than $20,000 and agreed to the blackmail demands. But when Katie caught the blackmailer in the act and he turned out to be her father, Bob, the family were shocked. Bob was arrested by the police but released when the Robinsons put up his bail in order for him to spend some time with Todd and Katie.

Another artist entered Helen's life when she befriended the famous painter, Derek Wilcox. Helen had found his painting and when she realised he was still alive, she tracked Derek down to a retirement home to return the work to its original owner. Derek insisted Helen keep the painting, and they became friends. Helen visited Derek regularly, especially after discovering he was dying. Derek was keen on setting up an arts scholarship for young students studying art at uni, and with Helen's help, started making plans to establish the programme. But after he collapsed and died of a heart attack while on a day out at the Robinson house one afternoon, Helen found herself having to defend herself against his furious daughter, Diane, who blamed Helen for Derek's death, accusing her of only wanting his money. Beverly intervened and told Diane that there was no way Helen had anything to do with Derek's death, but when Diane realised Beverly was related to Helen, she threatened to take Helen to court. But when Derek's will was read out, it contained a request from Derek for Diane to accept his relationship with Helen and the art scholarship they set up. Diane was forced to recognise that Derek hadn't been in any way coerced into the scholarship committee, although she did insist she be added to the scholarship committee herself. Further complications occurred for Helen when Clarrie McLachlan moved into Ramsay Street and fell helplessly in love with her. Clarrie finally asked Helen out but when she turned him down, he retreated to the Waterhole to drown his sorrows, before threatening to hurl himself off the bridge in the middle of the Lassiter's complex unless Helen would agree to a date. Helen reluctantly agreed, fearing Clarrie would do something stupid, but Clarrie was forced to accept that Helen was only interested in friendship with him, and left town soon after.

Helen found herself back in hospital after falling down a flight of stairs while she and the family were out searching for Todd, who had run away with his girlfriend, Cody Willis. Helen fractured her hip, and was left with a permanent limp from the accident. But some good came out of the fall, when Todd showed up at the hospital having heard about her accident, and apologised to her, blaming himself for what had happened. Helen assured Todd that she didn't hold him responsible, and was just thrilled that he was home safely.

Helen and Madge's years-old routine of popping into one another for cups of coffee and chats came to a temporary halt when they fell out over the leaves from the trees in the Robinsons' garden falling into the Ramsay's swimming pool. However, they had entered a 'Good Friends, Good Neighbours' competition in a glossy magazine a few weeks before, and were forced to try and hide their feud when the magazine sent people over to interview them. They finally put their differences behind them, and resumed their firm friendship. And when Madge's husband, Harold, was presumed dead after being washed out to sea, Helen rushed to Madge's side to console her as she struggled with her loss. When Helen's arts scholarship committee proposed that a youth arts workshop be established at an old cottage owned by the council, Helen's good friendship with neighbour Dorothy Burke was put to the test when Helen asked Dorothy, who had recently been elected to the council, to vote in favour of the proposal. But Helen was furious when Dorothy told her she had voted against the proposal, feeling there were other more worthy uses for the cottage, and a feud began between the friends for several weeks. They eventually patched up their differences when they tended to a flood at the Mangel house while Dorothy was looking after young Toby and Sky. Helen and Dorothy found themselves thrown together in a jail cell on another occasion, when Helen was fined for speeding on the way home from the theatre with Dorothy. The two ladies were horrified when they initially settled into their cell for the night because they were joined by two prostitutes, Rhonda and Simone. But by morning, the four had all bonded, and Helen and Dorothy were proud of themselves for persuading the girls to turn their back on their current occupations.

Romance came back into Helen's life when she met debonair Michael Daniels, a distant cousin of Bill's, in the waiting room at a doctor's surgery. After a whirlwind romance, the couple married and toured the world for their honeymoon, but heartbreak followed for Helen when on her return Jim was forced to break the news to her that he had discovered Michael was already married. Although Michael explained to Helen that his wife, Louise, was in a mental institution and he was no longer in love with her but couldn't divorce her because it would break her heart, Helen refused to continue with the 'marriage' and Michael moved away. Some time later, Helen received a letter from Michael telling her his wife had passed away and asking Helen to marry him officially and join him in England. But - despite briefly contemplating a reunion with him - Helen knew she could never trust Michael in the same way and so, declined his proposal.

Helen battled on after her latest heartbreak and saw the Robinson house grow smaller with the divorce of Jim and Beverly, the tragic death of Todd in a road accident and the sadness at watching her beloved grandchildren leave home. After Paul and Lucy left Erinsborough, Helen and Jim were on their own but the house soon became full again with the return of Julie to Erinsborough after several years living in the country. With Julie came her bank manager husband Philip, their daughter Hannah and Philip's daughter from his first marriage, Debbie. But when Philip's son Michael arrived, the family decided they were taking up too much space at No. 26 and moved across the road to No. 32 which Helen had bought from her old friend Mrs. Mangel the previous year.

Helen was left afraid to leave her house after being mugged by a young homeless boy, Greg Bartlett, one day while out shopping. But when she bumped into Greg again, Helen was determined to help him out when she realised he was homeless, and remembering how she had helped Nick, Helen invited Greg to stay at the Robinson house. The rest of the family thought Helen was being very foolish for taking Greg in, and they were constantly watching Greg, thinking it was only a matter of time before he slipped back into his old habits. But Greg fled Ramsay Street having cracked under the strain of everyone suspecting him of no good all the time - much to the regret of Helen.

When Jim started seeing scheming Fiona Hartman, a deep rift developed between Helen and Jim. Helen and the rest of the family were able to see through Fiona and recognised straight away that she was a money grabber and only out for what she could get. Jim, on the other hand, refused to see any wrong in Fiona, and pressed ahead with his plans to finance a new hair salon with her. After one final attempt by Helen to make Jim stop seeing her, a bitter argument erupted, and Helen went to stay with Scott and Charlene in Brisbane for a few weeks. On her return, Jim had moved Fiona into the Robinson house, and Helen was forced to stay with the Martins across at No. 32. Jim made it clear to Helen that she was more than welcome back at No. 26, but she refused to go back as long as Fiona was there. But heartbreak hit when Jim collapsed and died of a massive heart attack on the kitchen floor. In the midst of Helen's grief, she was also forced to deal with the fact that she had never made amends with Jim before he died and that Fiona had skipped town with most of Jim's money. And once she moved back into the Robinson house, a devastated Helen was left alone in the house in which she and Jim had lived for so many years.

Helen was left No. 26 in Jim's will, but she became so lonely in the big house and missed Jim's company so much that she took her cousin's son, Wayne Duncan and Annalise Hartman, Fiona's less troublesome daughter, in for company. But Wayne and Annalise were young and when they weren't working, they were out and about around town, prompting Helen to seek comfort in alcohol. Annalise was the first person to recognise that Helen was hitting the bottle, and tried to tell Julie, who dismissed Annalise as being ridiculous. Annalise was finally forced to confront Helen about the drink problem she had developed, but Helen was furious and lashed out at her. The death of an old friend who was due to come and stay with Helen for a few weeks sunk Helen into a further depressed state, and when Wayne and Annalise finally succeeded in getting Helen to face up to her problem, Helen admitted that she had been depressed and lonely since Jim had died and Madge and most of the family had moved away. She resolved to pick herself up, however, and spent a few weeks in Brisbane visiting Madge and the kids. An extra surprise came when her next door neighbour and close friend Pam Willis organised a surprise birthday party for Helen with a surprise visit from Lucy and Paul.

While reminiscing one afternoon by reading through some of Anne's old love letters to Jim, Helen made the shocking discovery that Jim wasn't Julie's real father. It turned out that Julie had been born as a product of Anne being raped by Jim's boss. Shocked by this, Helen was faced with the agonising decision of whether or not to tell Julie. She called Rosemary to see if she could shed any light on the matter, but while she was on the phone, Hannah called in and took some of the letters across to No. 32 for Julie to read. Helen didn't realise the letters had been taken by Hannah until the next day, and she rushed over to prevent Julie from reading them. But she was too late, and a devastated Julie underwent massive personal upheaval in the ensuing months as she struggled to cope with the fact that Jim wasn't her real father.

When Helen's step great-grandson, Michael, began renovating an old house with Doug Willis, he found some old war medals and was thrilled when they were valued at $1500. However, Michael then received a visit from a shady old man claiming that he used to live in the house and that the medals and other items in the cellar were his. But after Michael told Helen about the visit, Helen noticed that the man in some old photos Michael had found in the house looked familiar. And when Michael told her the woman who had lived in the house before Doug bought it was called Mary Pengally, Helen realised the man Michael had met was Len Mangel, Mrs. Mangel's ex-husband. Helen went with Michael to the house and Len was pleasantly surprised to see Helen
again, and they began catching up on old times. The next day, Len called around to visit Helen and told Michael he could keep all the war medals for himself, except for the Flying Cross medal. As Helen and Len remembered old times, it became apparent to Helen that Len was trying on his charms with her and he eventually invited her out. Despite her family's reservations, Helen started seeing Len, and even made plans to go into business with him to set up an Outback Artist's Tour. But Len was eventually rumbled by Michael, who discovered he was only after Helen's money and was still living with Gwen, the woman he had left Mrs. Mangel for.

When grandson Paul began having financial troubles in Rio where he had set up a new Hotel complex similar to Lassiter's in Erinsborough, he sent word to Helen that he would have to sell the Lassiter's complex. Not wanting Lassiter's to go out of the family, Helen decided to try and raise the capital to buy it. She sold No. 32 and managed to buy a share of the company although new neighbour Cheryl Stark bought the bulk of it. But at least Helen had retained the family's interest in Lassiter's and a year later Rosemary bought the whole of Lassiter's back into the family where it belonged. But the family's happiness was short lived when Julie tragically died following a fall from a tower while on a murder mystery weekend. Helen then found herself in a similar position as she had been in 20 years previous - helping the widowed Philip raise his children and becoming like a surrogate mother to them - young Hannah particularly.

Lucy returned to Erinsborough a few months later, and caused Helen great concern after it was discovered that she was penniless and working as a go-go dancer after her marriage and modelling career had failed. Helen was confident that having Lucy home would be the best thing for her, but it soon turned out that Lucy was also hiding a serious drug and alcohol problem. More revelations followed when Lucy was forced to admit to her grandmother that she had posed nude for the porn magazine, Ambrosia. But Helen insisted she was only disappointed in Lucy for simply not coming to her as soon as she had fallen on hard times, instead of trying to survive in Europe alone and without the love and support of her family.

Helen's painting had always been her favourite way of relaxing and over the years she has been asked to paint portraits for her neighbours, like the extremely unflattering one of Mrs. Mangel and the controversial abstract painting of Lou Carpenter during his time as Mayor of Erinsborough. But it was the portrait she did of the Kennedy children, comissioned by Karl for Susan's birthday, that inadvertently brought true love into her life. When the portrait accidentally got sold in Marlene Kratz' bric-a-brac shop, Helen hurriedly tried to track it down before the Kennedys found out. When she did track down the owner, millionaire philanthropist Reuben White, it was love at first sight. The two started to spend all their time together and became engaged while on a trip around the world. However before the wedding Reuben revealed to Helen that he had a heart condition that could cause him to die at any time. They married in a beautiful ceremony by Lassiter's Lake but Reuben passed away a few weeks later and Helen was widowed once again.

When Helen started clearing away some of Reuben's things, she met Old Sid, an old school friend of Reuben's, was unaware that Reuben had died. Sid feared for his own future in the wake of Reuben's death, explaining to Helen that Reuben had come to his rescue by giving him a plot of land to grow fresh vegetables to sell to local outlets after Sid had fallen on hard times a few years before. Now, Sid feared that he was going to lose his right to the land but Helen vowed to make sure he was left where he was. However, Reuben's son, Garnet, had already donated the land to the council, and Helen felt awful about the situation when Sid revealed he lived on the land in a converted bus. Helen called upon Lou to see if he could persuade the council to let Sid stay where he was, and Sid thanked Helen when she informed him that the council had agreed to let him continue living on Reuben's land, as well as putting him on their payroll by appointing him as caretaker of the land. But Sid's health soon started to fail him, and Helen eventually managed to persuade him to move in with his daughter.

Helen surprised her family when she announced that she was enrolled at Eden Hills University as a mature age student to study Family Studies, and eagerly looked forward to beginning her degree. But her time at uni was to be shortlived because Helen was forced to rush to Rosemary's side in New York after she suffered a nervous breakdown. Helen was forced to give up her university course due to the months of rehabilitation Rosemary was facing. And Helen's concern for Rosemary also had to be reconciled with her anger towards Debbie, whose affair with Rosemary's boyfriend, Joel, had played a part in the breakdown. When Helen finally returned to Erinsborough some months later, Debbie avoided her gran for as long as possible, until Helen finally confronted her about the situation and assured Debbie that it was in the past now and as disappointed as she was in her for it, she didn't hold it against her.

In the months following her return from New York, Helen had become more reliant on her walking stick, and had started to become frailer. The extent of her ill health was finally realised when she suffered a stroke in the Robinson kitchen one morning. Hannah found Helen lying on the kitchen floor, and she was rushed to hospital, where Helen stunned her family and friends by virtually giving up after she regained consciousness, even asking Karl Kennedy to let her die. Philip and the girls vowed to bring Helen back to her old fighting self, and willed her to improve. But Helen's frustration took a long time to fade away, and even when she was allowed return home, she resented her reliance on other people. And when Philip kept the news of Cheryl Stark's sudden death from her, Helen was furious, and warned Philip never to treat her in such a way again, before insisting she be brought over to Cheryl's mother, Marlene, to offer her some comfort. As Helen faced months of rehabilitation, Philip hired a physiotherapist, Ruth Wilkinson, to work with her. But Philip and Ruth failed to see eye to eye on various matters, prompting Philip to ultimately sack Ruth. But Helen demanded Ruth be offered her job back, making it clear to Philip that she was happy with Ruth, regardless of whether or not he liked her. Philip, however, didn't dislike Ruth - he was actually strongly attracted to her, and much to Helen's delight, he and Ruth started seeing each other a few months later.

When Debbie announced she planned to buy the lease of the Coffee Shop at Lassiter's from Angie Rebecchi, Helen offered to put up the money and let Debbie manage the business. But Philip warned Debbie that if the business failed, Helen could stand to lose all her savings, prompting Debbie to agree to go into business with Joanna Evans instead. But Helen revealed that she wanted to keep herself busy in the wake of her stroke, and Debbie suggested she act as financial consultant to the business instead.

Helen got the shock of her life one afternoon when she was visiting Marlene and came face to face with a man who looked strikingly like Harold Bishop. After he had gone, Helen insisted that she had just seen a ghost, but Marlene explained that it was Ted from the local Salvation Army shop, who she had met when she went there to donate some of Cheryl's old clothes. Philip and the family started to worry that the stroke had started to effect Helen's mind, but Helen knew that she wasn't going crazy, and insisted Philip and Lou - the only other person still living in Ramsay Street who would have known Harold - accompany her to the Salvation Army shop to see Ted for themselves. However, when they got to the shop, he was nowhere to be seen, and Helen even started to doubt her own mind. But when she persuaded Debbie to drive her to the shop another day, she came face to face with him, and left her number with him, urging him to call her and meet with her. Ted's curiosity got the better of him, and he contacted Helen, arranging a meeting with her. Helen desperately tried to jog his memory but Harold found it too confusing, and left, but Lou saw him leaving the house, and a relieved Helen was finally vindicated now that someone else had seen Harold alive and well too. Helen then called Madge in Brisbane and broke the news to her that Harold was alive and well, prompting Madge to hurriedly return to Erinsborough for a reunion with her beloved husband. Madge stayed with Helen at No. 26 for the initial weeks, but as Harold's memory began to return, the couple moved back into their old house next door to Helen on Ramsay Street, eventually renewing their wedding vows in a beautiful ceremony by Lassiter's Lake.

Despite the fact that she was recovering from her stroke, Helen was still frustrated by her family's refusal to accept she could still fend for herself. She was disgusted when Debbie and her boyfriend, Darren Stark, stayed at home with her one night instead of going out as they had planned, because they didn't want to leave Helen alone. Philip was forced to ease off Helen, and they reached a compromise whereby Philip bought a mobile phone so that Helen could contact him at any time. And Helen proved that she was still capable when she brought the family dog, Holly, to the vet by herself when she became ill. But just as the family was feeling confident enough to leave Helen alone in the house, an intruder broke in when Helen was alone one night. The Martins had gone camping with Ruth and her family, and Helen was terrified when she was confronted by the burglar. However, the intruder - a young girl, Jamie Lee Duggan - took pity on Helen after seeing how frail she was, and instead of continuing with the robbery, opened up to Helen about her tough life and the reasons why she had taken to robbery. Helen was so impressed with Jamie Lee's trust in her that she set about finding her a job, as she helped turn around the life of yet another troubled youngster.

When Philip learnt of the intruder at No. 26, he resumed his over-protective behaviour towards Helen. As this concern became more and more unbearable for Helen, she started making enquiries about retirement housing, such was her determination to escape the suffocating concern of the family. Philip was suspicious of Helen's behaviour, and followed Helen one day when Harold drove her out in his car. Although Philip lost track of Harold's car after a while, Helen had noticed Philip following her, and she furiously confronted him about it on her return, before shocking him by announcing she had been visiting a potential retirement village and was planning to move out of Ramsay Street.

The family immediately set about trying to convince Helen to stay at home where she belonged, but more health problems plagued Helen when a bout of food poisoning forced her into hospital for several months. Helen's health deteriorated during her stay in hospital, and she suffered a heart attack and developed an aneurysm. Her family and friends were constantly visiting her, hoping she would get better, and everyone was thrilled when she was finally allowed home on her birthday. Helen arrived home to another resurrection of the Ramsay/Robinson feud, however, with Madge and Philip arguing over which family the street should be named after. Determined to end the feud once and for all, Helen gathered the two families together to watch the video of Scott and Charlene's wedding, which was the ultimate union of the two clans. Madge and Philip agreed to put their differences behind them, and the champagne soon started flowing as everyone remembered old times and celebrated Helen's return from hospital. As the afternoon wore on, Helen became tired, and decided to take a nap. But as she settled down on the couch beside Hannah, Helen quietly passed away, surrounded by her family and friends and so many memories of all the people who were part of the Robinson family, and Ramsay Street, over the years.

Trivia Notes
• Anne Haddy's portrayal of Helen won the Penguin award for Sustained Performance by an Actor in a Series in 1987
• Helen Daniels is the only character to have two love interests played by the same actor. James Condon played both Douglas Blake and Reuben White, and was also the real-life husband of the actress behind Helen, Anne Haddy
• To read our interview with Anne Haddy's husband, James Condon click here


Magic Moments
Episode 1488: Helen and Michael's Wedding
Episode 2000: The 2000th Episode
Episode 2403: Reuben's Death
Episode 2965: Helen's Death
Episode 2968: Helen's Memorial

Biography by Moe