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Helen Rachel Slater (born December 15, 1963 in Bethpage, New York) is an American actress, singer and songwriter.

She was the first actress to play Supergirl in live action, in the eponymous 1984 film. She went on to star in films such as Ruthless People, The Secret of My Success and City Slickers.

She also played in television productions and stage projects, including the voice of Talia al Ghul in Batman: The Animated Series and three guest appearances as Lara-El on Smallville (2007–2010). She was a series regular for the two-season run (2011–2013) on the ABC Family series The Lying Game and ended up playing Eliza Danvers in the Supergirl series as a tribute to her debut role.

In the 2000s, Slater recorded five albums, singing her own compositions and playing the piano.


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Tropes applying to her works:

  • Dye Hard: Naturally dark-haired, Slater dyed her hair blonde to play Supergirl in 1984 and hasn't looked back since.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: Back in the '80s she found herself getting a big push. It started with Supergirl, which was unfortunately a flop. Her next project was The Legend of Billie Jean, which she hoped would be her breakout role, but it was a Box Office disappointment (it did later get a cult following from TV airings however). She did have notable successes in Ruthless People, The Secret of My Success and City Slickers but work seemed to dry up in the 90s. While she's still working away, she's best known as Supergirl, and her high profile work is usually something that acknowledges this (such as Smallville or Supergirl (2015)).
  • Remake Cameo: As with many actors from DC Comics adaptations, she got to appear in several DC-inspired works after the Supergirl movie, namely Batman: The Animated Series, Smallville, Supergirl (the TV series), and DC Super Hero Girls .
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'8 and retains quite a bit of her youthful beauty.