Catherine Hicks

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Catherine Hicks
Catherine Hicks2005.jpg
Hicks in 2005.
BornCatherine Mary Hicks
(1951-08-06) August 6, 1951 (age 63)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materSt. Mary's College
Cornell University
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Kevin Yagher (1990–present)
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Catherine Hicks
Catherine Hicks2005.jpg
Hicks in 2005.
BornCatherine Mary Hicks
(1951-08-06) August 6, 1951 (age 63)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materSt. Mary's College
Cornell University
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Kevin Yagher (1990–present)

Catherine Mary Hicks (born August 6, 1951) is an American television, film, and stage actress. She is best known for her role as Annie Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. Other notable roles have been: Dr. Gillian Taylor in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Karen Barclay in Child's Play, Dr. Faith Coleridge on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope, and her Emmy nominated performance as Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn: The Untold Story.

Early life[edit]

Hicks was born in New York City, the daughter of Jackie, a homemaker, and Walter Hicks, an electronics salesman.[1] She is of Irish and English ancestry.[2] Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona during her childhood.[3] She was a cheerleader at Gerard Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona and a member of The National Honor Society (NHS).[4] She graduated in 1969. After attending Saint Mary's College (Indiana), where she studied English Literature and Theology, Hicks won a prestigious acting fellowship[5] to Cornell University. While at Cornell, she was a member of the Ithaca Repertory Theater Company.[6]


After graduating from Cornell University with a Masters of Fine Arts degree, Hicks headed to New York in August 1976, where she immediately got work in television commercials. Two weeks after arriving in New York, she landed her first major TV role as the newly recovered pediatrician Dr. Faith Coleridge #3 on ABC soap opera, Ryan's Hope. A year and half later, she left her role on Ryan's Hope when she was cast to star alongside Jack Lemmon (as Scottie) in Bernard Slade's 1978 Broadway play, Tribute,[7] in which she played the young model Sally Haines,[8][9] who Scottie sets up with his estranged son (Robert Picardo). That same year, she starred as Valerie in the CBS TV movie and TV series pilot called Sparrow.[10]

When Tribute ended, Hicks moved to California and co-starred on the 1979–80 CBS sitcom, The Bad News Bears as junior high school principal and psychologist, Dr. Emily Rappant. She had roles in a few TV movies, playing an escort, Annie, in ABC's Love For Rent (1979), and as Beth, a camp counselor in CBS's 1980 film To Race the Wind, based on the Harold Krents' autobiography.[11][12] In 1980, Hicks beat out hundreds of actresses for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in ABC's $3.5 million production, Marilyn: The Untold Story, based on the Norman Mailer best seller.[13] She earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-series or Movie for her portrayal of the legendary star.[14]

In 1981, Hicks starred in CBS's remake of Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, as Anne Wells, an entertainment lawyer, and James Corburn's protege. She made her feature film debut in the 1982 thriller, Death Valley as Peter Billingsley's mom, Sally. That same year, she starred as Sable in the motion picture Better Late Than Never.

Hicks took the lead role as Amanda Tucker in the 12-episode detective series Tucker's Witch opposite Tim Matheson as Rick Tucker. The program aired on CBS from October 6, 1982, sporadically into August, 1983. In 1983, she played Lisa Sage and co-starred with John Schneider in CBS's romantic comedy movie, Happy Endings.[15]

In Sidney Lumet's 1984 film, Garbo Talks, Hicks was aspiring-actress Jane Mortimer. Hicks also played Bill Murray's socialite finacee, Isabel, in the 1984 remake of The Razor's Edge. For her work in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Hicks received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[16] That same year, she played Carol Heath in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married. In 1987's Like Father Like Son, Hicks played Dr. Amy Larkin.

In 1988, she played businesswoman Ella Frazier in the Yugoslavian comedy Tajna manastirske rakije (also released under the titles Cognac and Secret Ingredient).[17] Hicks co-starred with Christopher Plummer, as his estranged daughter, Tina Boyer, in the Showtime movie channel's 1988 movie, Souvenir.[18] She played Karen Barclay in the 1988 horror film Child's Play. Her performance won her a 1988 Best Actress Saturn Award.[19] In 1989, she starred opposite Tony Danza in She's Out of Control as his girlfriend, Janet Pearson.

In 1991, she co-starred in the Fox-TV comedy-fantasy movie, Hi Honey - I'm Dead as Carol Stadler. She played Allison Ploutzer in the 1992, Jeff Franklin ABC comedy pilot, Up To No Good.[20] She starred with John Bedford Lloyd in the 1993 ABC comedy pilot,The Circle Game as the mother, and schoolteacher, Nancy.[21] She played Jeannie Barker in the short-lived 1994 Aaron Spelling primetime soap opera Winnetka Road.[22] Hicks played the wife in the 1994 pilot for The Martin Short Show. Going into production, after the concept of the character was changed, she was replaced by Jan Hooks.[23] She played Julia Riordan, opposite John Lithgow and Lea Salonga, in the 1995 ABC Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Redwood Curtain.[24]

In 1996, she was cast as Annie Camden on The WB's family drama 7th Heaven. In 1997, Hicks played flight attendant, Maggie, one of Ray Liotta's victims in Turbulence. The same year, Hicks played next door neighbor, Ms. Lewis, in Michael Davis' coming-of-age film, Eight Days a Week.

In 2008, Hicks also starred in Lifetime Movie Network's Poison Ivy: The Secret Society as Dean Elisabeth Graves. In the 2009 Lifetime Movie Network film, Stranger with My Face, she played the widowed mother Shelley Stratton. She plays Mom in the 2009 independent short film You're a Wolf, co-starring with Michael Gross and Jesse Bradford.[25] Again in 2009, she played therapist, Dr. Rosen, in the WB's online series, Pushed.[26] Hicks is featured in My Name Is Jerry, an independent film shot mostly in Muncie, Indiana. Hicks won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role from the 2009 International Filmmakers Festival for her portrayal as Dana.[27]

In 2010, Hicks received positive reviews for her role as Hildegarde, in playwright Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood.[28] She was Texas family court Judge Harriet Krammer in the 2011 Hallmark Channel movie, A Valentine's Date, (which was also released under the video title Your Love Never Fails).[29] She played Jean in the 2011 Lifetime Movie Network movie, Borderline Murder.[30] Catherine played bartender, Rose, who attracted the attention of Elliott Gould in the 2011 film Dorfman in Love.[31] Hicks co-starred as Anna Walker in the 2011 Walmart and Procter & Gamble Family Movie Night drama on NBC called Game Time: Tackling the Past[32] with Beau Bridges and Ryan McPartlin. Catherine joined actors Noah Wyle, Virginia Madsen, Mike Farrell, and others in a September, 2011 reading of Windows on the World,[33] by Colette Keen, at Hollywood's Stella Adler Theatre, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In November 2011, she starred as Irene Livingston in the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada's Las Vegas production of the Moss Hart play Light Up the Sky.[34] Hicks played Ellen in the 2011 Hallmark Channel movie A Christmas Wedding Tail.[35]

In May, 2012, Hicks played Annette Bramble in the Lifetime Network movie Shadow of Fear.[36] Also in May, 2012, and into June, she performed in the play Princess, in The Blank Theatre Company's 20th Annual Young Playwrights Festival at The Stella Adler Theatre.[37] In December, 2012, she played Marla Sokoloff's mother, Shirley, in the ION Television original movie, A Christmas Wedding Date.[38] She played Linda, a mother whose young adult son has terminal cancer, in the 2013 film, Reach.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Hicks met her future husband, special effects make up artist (and the designer and executor of the "Chucky" doll) Kevin Yagher, on the set of the film Child's Play. Hicks and Yagher were married on May 19, 1990. The two have a daughter named Catie, who was born in 1992.[40] Hicks is a devout Roman Catholic.[41]

Since the 1987/1988 academic school year,[42] the University of Notre Dame has given the Catherine Hicks Award to a graduating senior for outstanding work in theatre arts.[43]

Catherine is an alumna of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. [44]

Hicks received the 2006 Padre Pio Award from the Capuchin Franciscan Friars for her efforts as Catholic Relief Services spokesperson and Darfur relief.[45]

In 2010, she made appearances in several public service announcements for the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU).[46] She continued her commitment as a parent advocate by teaming with the National Community Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma for the 2010 Safeguard My Meds campaign to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription medication.[47] Catherine is a trustee on the Hollywood Arts Council.[48]



1976–1978Ryan's HopeDr. Faith ColeridgeRegular role (210 episodes)
1979Love for RentAnnieMovie
1979–1980Bad News Bears, TheThe Bad News BearsDr. Emily RappantMain role (26 episodes)
1980To Race the WindBethMovie
1980Marilyn: The Untold StoryMarilyn MonroeMovie
1981Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the DollsAnn WellesMovie
1982–1983Tucker's WitchAmanda TuckerMain role (12 episodes)
1983Happy EndingsLisa SageMovie
1987Laguna HeatJane AlgernonMovie
1989SpyAngela BerkMovie
1990Running Against TimeLaura WhittakerMovie
1991Hi Honey – I'm DeadCarol StadlerMovie
1992Up to No GoodAllison PloutzerMovie
1994Diagnosis: MurderLauren RidgewayEpisode: "Guardian Angel"
1994Winnetka RoadJeannie BarkerMain role (6 episodes)
1995Redwood CurtainJulia RiordanMovie
1995Burke's LawPamela CrawfordEpisode: "Who Killed the Lifeguard?"
1996–20077th HeavenAnnie CamdenMain role (242 episodes)
2000For All TimeKristenMovie
2008Poison Ivy: The Secret SocietyElisabethMovie
2009PushedDr. RosenSeries
2009Stranger with My FaceShelley StrattonMovie
2010Elf Sparkle and the Special Red DressSnowdorable (voice)Movie
2011Boderline MurderJeanMovie
2011Game Time: Tackling the PastAnna WalkerMovie
2011Christmas Wedding Tail, AA Christmas Wedding TailEllenMovie
2012Shadow of FearAnnette BrambleMovie
2012Christmas Wedding Date, AA Christmas Wedding DateShirleyMovie


1982Death ValleySally
1983Better Late Than NeverSable
1984Garbo TalksJane Mortimer
1984Razor's Edge, TheThe Razor's EdgeIsabel Bradley
1985Fever PitchFlo
1986Peggy Sue Got MarriedCarol Heath
1986Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeDr. Gillian Taylor
1987Like Father Like SonDr. Amy Larkin
1988CognacElla Frazier
1988Child's PlayKaren Barclay
1989SouvenirTina Boyer
1989She's Out of ControlJanet Pearson
1991Child's Play 3Karen Barclay
1991LiebestraumMary Parker
1995Dillinger and CaponeAbigail
1995Animal RoomMrs. Mosk
1997Eight Days a WeekMs. Lewis
2009My Name Is JerryDana Holderman
2009Truth About Layla, TheThe Truth About LaylaEleanor
2010Genesis Code, TheThe Genesis CodeMyra Allitt
2011Your Love Never FailsJudge CramerVideo
2011Ghost Phone: Phone Calls from the DeadGertrude
2011Dorfman in LoveRose
2011You're a WolfMomShort film
2014Dog Who Saved Easter, TheThe Dog Who Saved EasterCressidaApril release


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  2. ^ Irish People and Ireland - Irish news, events in Ireland, Irish culture, genealogy, music, Ireland travel
  3. ^ Interview in Ability Magazine
  4. ^ American Cheerleader Magazine December 2001 issue/ Article "Spirit Lost - and Found”
  5. ^ University of Notre Dame Archives/Theatre Chronology – July 1974 -“The Miser” Notes
  6. ^ Afternoon TV Magazine March 1977 issue – Article “I don't care about being wealthy”
  7. ^ Ocala Star-Banner - 'Ryan's Hope' Survives Loss Of Most Of Its Stars
  8. ^ The Christian Science Moinitor : Lemmon starring in Slade comedy
  9. ^ The Pittsburg Press: Lemmon's 'Tribute' Has Tears, Laughter
  10. ^ The Robesonian - Randy Herman stars in “Sparrow”
  11. ^ TV Guide Volume 28 /1980 (Google Books)
  12. ^ Cue- the weekly magazine of New Your life (Google Books)
  13. ^ Daytime TV Yearbook Magazine 1981 - Looking Back; Headed For Stardom
  14. ^ Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
  15. ^ TV Talk March 1, 1983, Sunday Union
  16. ^ "Awards for 1987" at IMDb
  17. ^ Cognac (1988) - IMDb
  18. ^ Review Summary of Souvenir, New York Times
  19. ^ The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actress 1988
  20. ^,665578&dq=up-to-no-good+trevor-eve&hl=en - Networks slyly unveil 'comedy' specials /The Spokesman Review/ July 1, 1992
  21. ^ Network & Cable Highlights - The Daily Gazette -July 4, 1993
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  27. ^ "International festival crowns 'My Name is Jerry' for best film, soundtrack, supporting actress" November 17, 2009, University web site
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  29. ^ It's A Wonderful Movie - A Valentine's Date – Hallmark Channel Movie
  30. ^ Borderline Murder at IMDb
  31. ^ "Tijdlijnfoto's". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  32. ^ "Synopsis of Game Time" at Family Movie
  33. ^ "Mike Farrell, Catherine Hicks and Megan Ward Join WINDOWS ON THE WORLD Reading" September 1, 2011, Broadway
  34. ^ "'Light Up the Sky' leads to hope for full season of Jewish theater" November 19, 2011,
  36. ^ "Shadow of Fear Cast & Characters" at
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  39. ^ "2013 Film Listings: REACH". Dances With Films. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  40. ^ "Catie Yagher". IMDb. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  41. ^ "'We All Have Tons of Blessings'". Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  42. ^ "Archives of the University of Notre Dame :: Specialized Indexes :: Theatre Chronology". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  43. ^ DB // AgencyND // University of Notre Dame. "Awards // Department of Film, Television and Theatre // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  44. ^ "Method Actors | James Dean | Sally Field | Alec Baldwin | Chris Evans| The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute". 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  45. ^ "Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper - News and Features". 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  46. ^ "Children's Advertising Review Unit- Advertising Self Regulation, Online Privacy and More.: CARU Shoots PSA with Catherine Hicks and Siberian Films". 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  47. ^ ""7th Heaven" Star Catherine Hicks Teams with Purdue Pharma L.P. and the National Community Pharmacists Association to Help Prevent Prescription Medication Abuse". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
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