Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Helene Udys family moved to Montreal, Canada, when she was a child. One of two daughters, Helene began her acting career as a child in shows for the CBC, CTV and Global Canadian television networks. She studied at Montreal's Dome Theater school and pursued a degree in film communications at Montreal's Dawson College while continuing her acting career in Canadian movies (such as Pick-up Summer (1980), My Bloody Valentine (1981), Pin (1988), The Dead Zone (1983), Hog Wild (1980)) before moving to New York for her soap series gig on "As the World Turns" (1956). In Los Angeles, among the plays Helene has produced and directed, "Out in America" by Canadian writer Katie Ford won several prestigious Backstage West Awards for Production and Direction. While working as a series regular on the CBS series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993), Helene formed Fatty Pictures (later to be known as 5k-Films) and began to produce and direct feature films. She has three independent movies to her credit to date ("The Last Blue Day", If Tomorrow Comes (2000), "Employee of the Month"). 5k-Films is presently slated to produce a comedic romantic thriller "Zero Principal", a horror film (tbd) and a documentary feature film (on malaria) with Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor which will take Helene to Africa and Colombia in 2005.