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Charles Bing, also known as Helena Handbasket, is the biological parent of Chandler Bing. She divorced Chandler's mother Nora Tyler Bing after coming out as transgender.

Biography

Early Life

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Charles on the Thanksgiving she announces her divorce from Nora to Chandler.

Charles and Nora Bing told Chandler they were separating after Thanksgiving dinner. By that time — Chandler was nine years old — Charles had an affair with the pool boy. Since then Charles became a drag queen and even attended Chandler's high school swimming events dressed as a different starlet each time. Chandler mentions that Charles slept with a Mr. Garibaldi. ("The One With Chandler's Dad")

She now has a show in Las Vegas entitled Viva Las Gaygas and performs under the name Helena Handbasket at The Four Queens, where Mr. Garibaldi accompanies her at the piano. ("The One With The Embryos") Helena once "put on a black cocktail dress and asked Ross up to a hotel room". Chandler mentions that his house lights up and blows bubbles, although this is likely a joke. ("The One With The Dollhouse")

Season 7

Chandler and Helena have long been estranged. Monica wants Chandler to invite Charles to their wedding when Chandler reveals that they haven't spoken in years. Monica and Chandler fly out to Las Vegas to invite Charles to the wedding. Monica and Chandler catch one of Helena's shows where Helena and Chandler meet and Helena isn't too happy with Chandler. Chandler apologizes to Helena for not trying to get in touch with her sooner and he invites Helena to the wedding and she agrees to go. ("The One With Chandler's Dad")

Helena and her ex-wife, Nora, meet again for the first time in years at the wedding. Nora and Helena exchange a few words. Helena scathingly asks Nora if she's a bit too old to wear a slutty dress and Nora asks Helena if she has too much penis to wear a dress. ("The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding, Part 1")

Helena and Nora walk Chandler down the aisle and congratulate him on his big day. ("The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding, Part 2")

Season 8

Nora and Helena are sitting together at the reception and they are still upset with each other. ("The One After "I Do"")

Appearances

Trivia

  • The actress of Charles, Kathleen Turner, also voices Jessica Rabbit who, incidentally, is on Chandler's celebrity kiss list. (The One With Frank Jr. )