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Katey Sagal (1954)

Catherine Louise Sagal

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Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She first achieved widespread fame as Peggy Bundy on the long-running Fox comedy series Married... with Children, for which she was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series and two American Comedy Awards during the show's run.

Sagal also is very widely known for voicing the character of Leela on the animated series Futurama and its related direct-to-DVD movies since 1999. She is also known for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy, where she worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal taking over as the series' lead for the rest of the show's run.

Since 2008, she has played the role of matriarch Gemma Teller Morrow in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011. She has been married to the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, since 2004.


 early life
Sagal was born in California to a show business family of five children, including younger sisters Jean and Liz Sagal, a pair of twin actresses, and actor Joe Sagal. Her mother, Sara Zwilling, a writer and producer, died of heart disease, and her father, Boris Sagal, a Jewish-Ukrainian immigrant who was a director, died in an accident on the set of the television movie World War III. Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles.

Sagal began her career working the Hollywood circuit. She appeared in several made for TV movies between 1971 and 1975, including a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo film Candidate for Crime and in 1973 working as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker.

In 1978, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons asked her to sing background vocals on his self-titled solo album. During this time she was also a member of the rock group The Group With No Name. She also sang backup for Bette Midler, who hired her for her 1979 tour as one of The Harlettes. In 1981, Sagal appeared as a backup singer on the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners.

Sagal returned to television in 1985 in the television series Mary starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children (1987–1997). She portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy. During her audition for the role, Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig and with the producers' approval, the look transitioned into the show. As Peg, she wore the wig, capri-length leggings with a large belt, and high slip-on heels, which were all fashion styles from the 1960s. Sagal's career focused strongly on this series for its 11-year run.

After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed, and she also contributed to the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1999, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired, cyclopian spaceship captain, Leela, in his science fiction cartoon comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was canceled after five seasons. However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim and Comedy Central increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a series of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as 16 episodes. She
reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the new season that began airing June 24, 2010.

Sagal guest starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show. She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker the following year.

She was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002. Ritter had completed only three episodes of the second season of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter before his death. The show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.

In 2005, she made two appearances on Lost as Helen Norwood. In 2007, she had a role in the season finale of The Winner as Glen Abbot's former, and Josh's current, teacher, with whom Glen has his first sexual experience. The following year, she appeared in four episodes of the short-lived series Eli Stone. She currently stars as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter.

In January 2009, Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving. In 2010, she appeared twice more on Lost. In 2009 she starred in the film House Broken with Danny DeVito.

In 2010, she returned to the stage in Randy Newman's musical Harps & Angels.

 personal life
Sagal was married to Freddie Beckmeier (1978–1981) and Jack White (November 26, 1993–July 24, 2000). In 1991, Sagal learned she was pregnant. This was unexpected by the directors of Married... with Children, so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. However, in October 1991, she had to have an emergency Caesarean section in her seventh month of pregnancy, ending in the stillbirth of a daughter. The pregnancy on the show was then regarded as a "dream", which was mentioned only briefly at the end of the episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick". She also had an early miscarriage around this time. She and White eventually had two children. The writers of Married... with Children deliberately didn't write Sagal's two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to shoot her in instances where her midsection was obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas.

Sagal married writer-producer Kurt Sutter in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004, at their home in Los Feliz, California. They have a daughter, who was born through a surrogate mother.

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  • Studio album
  • Room
    9 tracks

  • Well...
    11 tracks


Name Duration Released
Love and Other Games of Chance 00:00 2004
Daddy's Girl 00:00 2004
Heaven Is Ten Zillion Light Years Away 00:00 2004
Life Goes Round 00:00 2004
Loving Arms 00:00 2004
Catch the Wind 00:00 2004
For the Love the Money 00:00 2004
Wish I Was a Kid 00:00 2004
Feel a Whole Lot Better 00:00 2004
All Is Well 00:00 1994
Peace 00:00 1994
September Rain 00:00 1994
That's How Love Goes 00:00 1994
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid 00:00 1994
Best Part 00:00 1994
Can't Hurry the Harvest 00:00 1994
Don't Know How to Let You Go 00:00 1994
Thunderhead 00:00 1994
I Don't Wanna Know 00:00 1994
Act of Faith 00:00 1994






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