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Raised in Washington D.C., Helen attended Madeira School, then Trinity College, where she graduated with honors and won the John Curtis Underwood Memorial Poetry and Trinity Fiction prizes. She also studied with poets Galway Kinnell and Sharon Olds at New York University’s MFA Creative Writing Program.

In the movie business, she was Vice President of the Mount Company and Paul Maslansky Productions at Warner Bros. Since 1993, she and Tony Bill have run Barnstorm Films, where she produced Untamed Heart (Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei) for MGM/UA in 1992, associate produced A Home of Our Own (Kathy Bates) in 1993, and produced Beyond the Call (Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn) for Showtime in 1996 and The Fixer (Jon Voight) for Showtime in 1998.  She executive produced In the Time of Butterflies, based on the award-winning novel by Julia Alvarez in 2001. Also in 2001, she produced Last Call with Jeremy Irons, Neve Campbell and Sissy Spacek. She executive produced North Country for Warner Bros., starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, and Sissy Spacek.

Before her involvement with film, Helen was a journalist and published poet. She worked for The Paris Review as a contributing editor, has written many articles for Los Angeles Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and reviewed books for the L.A Times Book Review.

Helen prints on an 1889 Chandler & Price letterpress, collects first editions of 20th-century American women’s fiction, and has soloed in a Tomahawk single-engine plane. Other productions include Madeline (1998) and Daphne (2001).  She is married to actor/producer/director/restaurateur Tony Bill.