Kate Mulgrew

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Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009.jpg
at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera premiere
BornKatherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew
(1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 58)
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Robert H. Egan (1982–1993)
Tim Hagan (1999–present)
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Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009.jpg
at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera premiere
BornKatherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew
(1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 58)
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Robert H. Egan (1982–1993)
Tim Hagan (1999–present)

Katherine Kiernan Maria "Kate" Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is an American actress, most noted for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. She has performed in many television shows, theater productions and movies, earning a variety of awards for her acting, including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Mulgrew is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and the voice of Cleveland's MetroHealth System.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Mulgrew was born in 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, into an Irish Catholic family,[1] to Thomas James "T.J." Mulgrew II, a contractor, and Joan Virginia Mulgrew (née Kiernan), an artist and painter. She attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque.[2]

Aged 17, she was accepted at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in conjunction with New York University in New York City. Mulgrew left NYU after one year.[3] During this time, to earn money while in New York, Mulgrew was employed as a waitress at Friar Tuck, a now defunct restaurant previously at 914 Third Avenue.[4]

Career[edit source | edit]

Her early career included portraying Mary Ryan for two years on the ABC soap Ryan's Hope (1975). She became a fan favorite and is still associated with the show long after its cancellation. Mulgrew remains friends with former co-star Ilene Kristen and presented a special Soap Opera Digest Award to Ryan's Hope creator Claire Labine in 1995. While in Ryan's Hope she also played the role of "Emily" in the American Shakespeare Theatre production of Our Town in Stratford, Connecticut. In 1979, she played Kate Columbo in Mrs. Columbo, a spin-off of the popular detective series, created specifically for her, which lasted 13 episodes.

In 1986, she appeared on Cheers as Janet Eldridge. In 1992, Kate appeared on Murphy Brown as Hillary Wheaton, a Toronto-based anchorwoman brought in to replace Murphy Brown during her pregnancy, but who turned out to have the same problem with alcoholism as Brown had previously dealt with at the beginning of the series.

In 1993, Mulgrew separated from her husband, Robert H. Egan, to whom she had been married for 12 years. In 1995, the divorce became final, and she was on the verge of selling her house and moving into a less-expensive apartment in Westwood when she received a call to take the part of Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager. Mulgrew made history in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain as a series regular in a leading role. Voyager was the first show broadcast on the new UPN channel, the only series renewed after the channel's first programming season, and its only show to run for seven seasons, making it the UPN's longest running. Mulgrew won the Saturn Award for "Best TV Actress" in 1998 for her performances as Janeway. Mulgrew also voiced the character of Janeway in the PS2 and PC game Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force 2. In recent years, Mulgrew kept active in doing voice-over work for video games, most notably voicing mysterious Flemeth in the Dragon Age video game series, a role she described as "delicious".[5]

During Voyager she also played the role of Titania in the animated series, Gargoyles and Victoria Riddler in Riddler's Moon, a made for TV movie. Mulgrew provided the voice of Janeway for Star Trek: Captain's Chair, a virtual-reality tour of various Star Fleet vessels, for home computers.

Star Trek: Voyager[edit source | edit]

Mulgrew auditioned for the role of the captain, named Kathryn Janeway, when producers announced casting for Star Trek: Voyager. She initially submitted a videotaped audition, which she made in New York City in August 1994. However she was unhappy with this audition and auditioned in person a few weeks later. That day, film actress Geneviève Bujold was selected to play Janeway, but left the role after only two days of filming, due to the demanding production schedule required for a television show.[6]

About her years on Voyager, Mulgrew said:

I'm proud of it. It was difficult; it was hard work. I'm proud of the work because I think I made some little difference in women in science. I grew to really love Star Trek: Voyager, and out of a cast of nine, I've made three great friends, I managed to raise two children. I think, "It's good. I used myself well." Speaking about the best and worst part about playing a Star Trek captain, she said: "The best thing was simply the privilege and the challenge of being able to take a shot at the first female captain, transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with. I was able to do that in front of millions of viewers. That was a remarkable experience – and it continues to resonate. The downside of that is also that it continues to resonate, and threatens to eclipse all else in one's long career if one does not up the ante and stay at it, in a way that may not ordinarily be necessary. I have to work at changing and constantly reinventing myself in a way that probably would not have happened had Star Trek not come along. I knew that going in, and I think that all of the perks attached to this journey have been really inexpressively great. So the negatives are small.[7]

Post-Star Trek[edit source | edit]

Mulgrew (l.) with early photograph in Prague

After Voyager came to the end of the full seven seasons, Mulgrew returned to theater and starred in a one-woman play called Tea at Five, a monologue reminiscence based on Katharine Hepburn's memoir Me: Stories of My Life. Tea at Five was a critical success and Mulgrew received two awards, one from Carbonell (best actress) and the other from Broadway.com (Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance). In 2006, Mulgrew performed in The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios located in London, England. In the spring of 2007, she appeared in the NBC television series The Black Donnellys as Helen Donnelly which lasted for one season. She also performed the lead role in an off-Broadway production called Our Leading Lady written by Charles Busch in which she earned a nomination from the Drama League for her performance.[8]

In 2007, Mulgrew played Clytemnestra in New York for Charles L. Mee's Iphigenia 2.0. She won the Obie Award for outstanding performance. In June 2008, Mulgrew appeared in Equus on Broadway, playing Hesther Saloman, a public official who is empathetic toward the play's central character. The play opened on September 5, 2008 for a strictly limited 22-week engagement through February 8, 2009.[9]

Also in 2008, Mulgrew filmed the 30-minute courtroom drama The Response which is based on actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay tribunals. It was researched and fully vetted in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Law and was shot in three days. Mulgrew portrays Colonel Sims and she, the other cast members and crew agreed to defer their salaries to cover the production costs. The film has been screened at a number of sites and is available on DVD.[10]

In 2009, Mulgrew returned to television in the NBC medical series, Mercy playing the recurring role of Jeannie Flanagan (the mother of the show's lead, Veronica).[11] Due for release in 2010 is the film The Best and the Brightest, a comedy based in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens. Mulgrew will play The Player's wife. Also in development is the film The Incredible Story of Joyce McKinney and the Manacled Mormon.

In a message to her fans on her official website she said, "I am looking for a play and hope that it will come to me before I become irritated. But I realize, even in this wish, that I have been a little spoiled as an actress and that in the waiting there is a kind of lovely discipline."

In 2010, Kate Mulgrew starred as Cleopatra in William Shakepeare's Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage. As of July 2011, she has appeared in the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV::. Also in 2011, Mulgrew appeared in the feature length documentary The Captains. The film, written and directed by William Shatner, follows Shatner as he interviews each of the other actors who played a Starfleet captain within the Star Trek franchise.[12] During that same year, she guest starred on the third season of the series Warehouse 13. Her character, Jane Lattimer, is part of a story arc which has continued into the fourth season.

In 2013 Mulgrew starred as Galina 'Red' Reznikov in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

From her first marriage to Robert H. Egan, Mulgrew has two sons, Ian and Alec. For a time, Mulgrew dated Star Trek director Winrich Kolbe.[13]

In April 1999, Mulgrew married politician Tim Hagan, a former Ohio gubernatorial candidate and a former commissioner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.[14] Mulgrew's mother Joan introduced them, and Hagan proposed to Mulgrew on the set of Star Trek: Voyager.

Mulgrew is also a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association. Mulgrew's mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.[15]

Mulgrew is also an opponent of abortion and capital punishment. She received an award from Feminists for Life, a pro-life feminist group. She is quoted as saying "Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary", "Life is sacred to me on all levels" and "Abortion does not compute with my philosophy."[16]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Film[edit source | edit]

1982Stranger Is Watching, AA Stranger Is WatchingSharon Martin
1985Remo Williams: The Adventure BeginsMaj. Rayner Fleming
1987Throw Momma from the TrainMargaret
1992Round NumbersJudith Schweitzer
1994Camp NowhereRachel Prescott
1995Captain Nuke and the Bomber BoysMrs. Pescoe
2002Star Trek: NemesisKathryn Janeway
2004Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4DKathryn Janeway
2008Response, TheThe ResponseColonel SimmsShort film
2010Best and the Brightest, TheThe Best and the BrightestThe Player's Wife
2012Flatland 2: SpherelandOver-Sphere
2013Drawing HomeEdith Morse RobbPost-production

Television[edit source | edit]

1975Wide World of Mystery, TheThe Wide World of MysterySusanEpisode: "Alien Lover"
1975-1978Ryan's HopeMary Ryan FenelliMain role (407 episodes)
1976American Woman: Portraits of Courage, TheThe American Woman: Portraits of CourageDeborah SampsonTV film
1978DallasGarnet McGeeEpisode: "Triangle"
1978Word, TheThe WordTony NicholsonTV miniseries
1979Jennifer: A Woman's StoryJoan RussellTV film
1979-1980Mrs. ColumboKate ColumboMain role (13 episodes)
1980Time for Miracles, AA Time for MiraclesMother Elizabeth Bayley SetonTV film
1981Manions of America, TheThe Manions of AmericaRachel ClementTV miniseries
1984JessieMaureen McLaughlinEpisode: "McLaughlin's Flame"
1986Carly MillsCarly MillsTV film
1986St. ElsewhereHelen O'CaseyEpisodes: "Time Heals: Parts 1 & 2"
1986CheersJanet EldridgeEpisodes: "Strange Bedfellows: Parts 1, 2 & 3"
1986My TownLaura AdamsTV film
1987Roses Are for the RichKendall MurphyTV film
1987HotelLeslie ChaseEpisode: "Reservations"
1987Murder, She WroteSonny GreerEpisode: "The Corpse Flew First Class"
1988Roots: The GiftHattie CarrawayTV film
1988-1989HeartbeatDr. Joanne SpringsteenMain role (18 episodes)
1989Ryan's HopeMary Ryan FenelliEpisode: "1.3515"
1991DaddySarah WatsonTV film
1991Fatal FriendshipSue BradleyTV film
1991-1992Man of the PeopleMayor Lisbeth ChardinRegular role (10 episodes)
1992Murphy BrownHillary WheatonEpisode: "On the Rocks"
1992Murder, She WroteJoanna RollinsEpisode: "Ever After"
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesRed Claw (voice)Episodes: "The Cat and the Claw: Parts 1 & 2"
1992Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark WaterCressa (voice)Episodes: "The Dark Disciples", "The Ghost Pirates", "The Dagron Master", "The Game Players of Undaar"
1993For Love and GloryAntonia DoyleTV film
1994Murder, She WroteMaude GillisEpisode: "The Dying Game"
1994Mighty MaxIsis (voice)Episode: "The Mommy's Hand"
1994AladdinQueen Hippsodeth (voice)Episode: "A Sultan Worth His Salt"
1995AladdinQueen Hippsodeth (voice)Episode: "From Hippsodeth, with Love"
1995Batman: The Animated SeriesRed Claw (voice)Episode: "The Lion and the Unicorn"
1995-2001Star Trek: VoyagerKathryn JanewayMain role (170 episodes)
1996GargoylesTitania / Anastasia Renard (voice)Episodes: "Walkabout", "Ill Met by Moonlight", "The Gathering: Parts 1 & 2"
1996Gargoyles: The Goliath ChroniclesTitania (voice)Episode: "For It May Come True"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDonna GeysenEpisode: "Web"
2007Black Donnellys, TheThe Black DonnellysHelen DonnellyMain role (9 episodes)
2009-2010MercyMrs. Jeannie FlanaganRecurring role (10 episodes)
2011-2013Warehouse 13Jane LattimerRecurring role (6 episodes)
2011–PresentNTSF:SD:SUV::KoveMain role (23 episodes)
2013Orange Is the New BlackGalina 'Red' ReznikovMain role (13 episodes)

Theatre[edit source | edit]

1975Our TownEmilyAmerican Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut
1976Absurd Person SingularEva Jackson
1977Uncommon Women and OthersKateEugene O'Neill Theater Center
1978OthelloDesdemonaHartman Theater Company
1980Chapter TwoJennie MaloneCoachlight Dinner Theater
1981-1982Another Part of the ForestReginaSeattle Repertory Theatre
1982Major BarbaraMajor BarbaraSeattle Repertory Theatre
1982Cat on a Hot Tin RoofMargaretSyracuse Stage, New York
1983Ballad of Soapy Smith, TheThe Ballad of Soapy SmithKitty StrongSeattle Repertory Theatre
1984Philadelphia Story, TheThe Philadelphia StoryTracyAlaska Repertory Theatre
1984Misanthrope, TheThe MisanthropeCelimeneSeattle Repertory Theatre
1985Measure for MeasureIsabellaCenter Theatre Group, Los Angeles
1986Hedda GablerHedda GablerCenter Theatre Group, Los Angeles
1986Real Thing, TheThe Real ThingCharlotteCenter Theater Group, Los Angeles
1987Film Society, TheThe Film SocietyNan SinclairThe Los Angeles Theater Center
1989Titus AndronicusTamoraNew York Shakespeare Festival
1990AristocratsAliceCenter Theater Group, Los Angeles
1992What the Butler SawMrs. PrenticeLa Jolla Playhouse
1993Black ComedyCleaRoundabout Theatre Company, New York
2002Dear LiarMrs. Patrick CampbellYoungstown State University
2003Tea at FiveKatharine Hepburn
2004Tea at FiveKatharine Hepburn
2004Mary StuartMary StuartClassic Stage Company, New York
2005Tea at FiveKatharine Hepburn
2006Exonerated, TheThe ExoneratedSunny JacobsRiverside Studios, London, England
2007Our Leading LadyLaura KeeneManhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center
2007IphigeniaClytemnestraSignature Theatre Company
2008Farfetched Fables and The Fascinating FoundlingAnastasiaProject Shaw Reading - The Players Club - New York
2008American Dream and The Sandbox, TheThe American Dream and The SandboxMommyCherry Lane Theatre, New York
2008-2009EquusHesther SalomanBroadhurst Theatre, New York

Video games[edit source | edit]

1997Star Trek: Captain's ChairCapt. Kathryn Janeway
2000Star Trek: Voyager - Elite ForceCapt. Kathryn Janeway
2002Run Like HellDr. Mek
2003Lords of EverQuestLady Kreya
2003Star Trek: Elite Force IICapt. Kathryn Janeway
2006Star Trek: LegacyAdmiral Kathryn Janeway
2009Dragon Age: OriginsFlemeth
2010Alan WakeThe Dark Presence
2011Dragon Age IIFlemeth

Awards and honors[edit source | edit]

1980Golden GlobeBest TV Actress - DramaMrs. ColumboNominated
1992Tracey Humanitarian AwardMurphy Brown ("On the Rocks")Won
1998Satellite AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaStar Trek: VoyagerWon
1998Saturn AwardBest Genre TV ActressStar Trek: VoyagerWon
1999Saturn AwardBest Genre TV ActressStar Trek: VoyagerNominated
2000Saturn AwardBest Genre TV ActressStar Trek: VoyagerNominated
2001Saturn AwardBest Actress on TelevisionStar Trek: VoyagerNominated
2003Broadway.comAudience Award for Favorite Solo PerformanceTea at FiveNominated
2003Outer Critics CircleOutstanding Solo PerformanceTea at FiveNominated
2003Lucille Lortel AwardsOutstanding Lead ActressTea at FiveNominated
2004Carbonell AwardsBest Actress (Touring, Independent Production - Cuillo Centre)Tea at FiveWon
2007Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceOur Leading LadyNominated
2008Obie AwardOutstanding PerformanceIphigenia 2.0Won

References[edit source | edit]


  1. ^ Slosberg, Steven (2003-08-). "Kate Mulgrew's One-Woman Show". Totally Kate (Catholic Digest). Retrieved August 12, 2010. "Raised in an Irish-Catholic family,..." 
  2. ^ "Kate Mulgrew". TotallyKate.com. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ William Shatner, Writer, Director (July 22, 2011). The Captains (Television production). Le Big Boss Productions. 
  4. ^ Sally Beauman (August 5, 1968). "The Emergence of the Sidewalk Cafe". New York (Google Books). p. 33. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/news/kate-mulgrew-talks-dragon-age-origins-6229033
  6. ^ Andy Meisler (September 15, 1994). "Real 'Star Trek' Drama: Enlisting New Skipper". The New York Times (NYTimes.com). Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Deep Space Five!". Star Trek Magazine. September/October 2006, issue #1. 
  8. ^ Brian Scott Lipton (May 11, 2007). "2007 Drama League Award Winners Announced". Theatre Mania. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Andrew Gans (June 25, 2008). "Mulgrew Will Join Radcliffe and Griffiths for Broadway's "Equus"". Playbill (Playbill.com). Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "See the Film". Look at the Moon Productions. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ Adam Hetrick (August 31, 2009). "Mulgrew Set for New NBC Hospital Series "Mercy"". Playbill (Playbill.com). 
  12. ^ Anthony Pascale (July 18, 2011). "Exclusive Clips from William Shatner's 'The Captains'". Trekmovie.com. 
  13. ^ Kate Mulgrew at Memory Alpha
  14. ^ Sweeney, Shari M. (February 2000). "Two to Tango". Cleveland Magazine. totallykate.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ Joan Mulgrew Remembered Totally Kate! Accessed April 3, 2007.
  16. ^ "Entertainment: Kate Mulgrew, Actor". The American Feminist (Feminists for Life). Vol 7, No 4; Winter 2000-2001. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 

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