Katey Sagal

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Katey Sagal
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Sagal at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
BornCatherine Louise Sagal
(1954-01-19) January 19, 1954 (age 60)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer-songwriter
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Freddy Beckmeier
Jack White
Kurt Sutter
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Not to be confused with Kate Segal.
Katey Sagal
Katey Sagal by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Sagal at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
BornCatherine Louise Sagal
(1954-01-19) January 19, 1954 (age 60)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer-songwriter
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Freddy Beckmeier
Jack White
Kurt Sutter

Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy, Al's sarcastic, lazy, bon-bon-eating wife, on Married... with Children and for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy.[2] Sagal is also known for voicing the character Leela on the animated science fiction series Futurama from 1999 to 2013, as well as for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy. In the latter role, she worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show's run.

Since 2008, she has portrayed Gemma in Sons of Anarchy, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011. Sagal has been married to Sons creator Kurt Sutter since 2004.

Early life[edit]

Sagal was born in Los Angeles, California, to a show business family of five children,[3] including younger twin sisters, Jean and Liz Sagal, and brother, Joe Sagal, all three of whom are actors, and David Sagal, an attorney married to actor McNally Sagal. Sagal's mother, Sara Zwilling, was a writer and producer who died of heart disease; her father, Boris Sagal, was a Ukrainian-born director who died in 1981 in an accident on the set of the television movie World War III.[3] Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles;[3] her godfather is Norman Lear. Sagal's father was Jewish, and Sagal has described herself as "culturally Jewish" but with no "formal religious experience".[4][5]

Acting career[edit]

Sagal graduated from California Institute of the Arts and began her acting career in Hollywood, appearing in several made for TV movies between 1971 and 1975, including a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo installment "Candidate for Crime" (directed by her father). Sagal's first major role was as a newspaper columnist in the 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. Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig to audition for the role, 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. The series ran for ten years.

After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed; she also contributed to the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1998, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired, cyclopian spaceship captain, Leela, in his science fiction animated comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following but was cancelled after four seasons.[6] However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim[7] and Comedy Central[8] increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a season of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as 16 episodes, season five.[9] She reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the sixth season that began airing June 24, 2010. The series ended in 2013.[10]

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.[citation needed]

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 before his death, and the show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Sagal in March 2012

In January 2009, Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married... with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.[11] 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.[12]

From 2008 to 2014, Sagal starred as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter.

In 2013, Sagal had a cameo on Glee as Nancy Abrams, Artie Abrams' mother.[citation needed]

In 2014, it was announced that Sagal would be joining the cast of Pitch Perfect 2 as Hailee Steinfeld characters' mother.[13][14][15] Later in that year she was cast in the biography drama film Bleed for This as mother of Vinny Pazienza.[16]

On September 9, 2014, Sagal received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on which most of the Married with Children cast – including Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate and David Faustino – were present to celebrate the actor's recognition.[17]

Musical career[edit]

Sagal started her career in show business as a singer and songwriter. In 1973, she worked as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to the album Moon over Brooklyn (on which she was credited as "Katie Sagal"). She was a member of Bette Midler's backup group The Harlettes in 1978, and again from 1982–83.[18] She performed backing vocals on the self-titled Gene Simmons solo album, the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners and on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss." Sagal also provided the vocals for "Loose Cannons", the theme song for the movie featuring Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd in 1990. The song featured her singing most of the song, while Aykroyd sang the chorus and did some background impersonations from the movie.[citation needed]

On April 19, 1994, she released her first solo album, Well... On June 1, 2004, she released her second album, Room.[19] She has also contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Sagal was married to musician Freddie Beckmeier from 1978 to 1981 and Jack White from 1993 to 2000. In 2004, she married her current husband, Kurt Sutter.[citation needed]

In 1991, while working on Married... with Children, Sagal learned that she was pregnant. This was unexpected, so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. In October 1991, however, 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". Sagal and White eventually had two children — a daughter, Sarah Grace, in 1994 and a son, Jackson James, in 1996. The writers of Married... with Children deliberately did not write Sagal's two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to write off her absences in a subplot in which Peg is traveling the world to reunite her redneck parents. In scenes where Peg was shown, Sagal had her midsection obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas, and was often seen or heard talking to family members over the phone.[21]

One after-effect of Sagal's having lost her stillborn daughter was that the tragedy inspired her to write the lyrics for "(You) Can't Hurry the Harvest". She recorded this selection on her debut album, Well..., which was released in April 1994. Sagal and White divorced in 2000.[citation needed]

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, Esmé Louise, born in 2007 through a surrogate mother.[22]



1987Maid to OrderLouise
1988The Good MotherUrsula
2000Dropping OutWendy
2001Recess: School's OutMrs. Flo SpinelliVoice
2002Following TildyConnie St. JohnShort film
2006I'm Reed FishMaureen
2007Futurama: Bender's Big ScoreLeelaVoice
2008Futurama: The Beast with a Billion BacksLeelaVoice
2008Futurama: Bender's GameLeela/LeegolaVoice
2009Futurama: Into the Wild Green YonderLeelaVoice
2009House BrokenMom
2010Jack and the BeanstalkJack's mother
2014There's Always WoodstockLee Ann
2015Pitch Perfect 2
2015Bleed for ThisLouise PazienzaFilming


1971The Failing of RaymondGirl patientCredited as "Catherine Louise Sagal"; TV film
1972The Bold Ones: The New DoctorsYoung nurseCredited as "Katie Sagal"
1973ColumboSecretaryEpisode: "Candidate for Crime"
1974LarryCashierTV film
1975The Dream MakersUnemployment managerTV film
1985–1986MaryJo Tucker3 Episodes
1987–1997Married... with ChildrenPeggy Bundy250 Episodes
1990Mother Goose Rock 'n' RhymeMary Quite ContraryTV film
1990Tales from the CryptMs. KilbasserEpisode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
1990The Earth Day SpecialPeggy Bundy
1991She Says She's InnocentSusan EssexTV film
1995Trail of TearsAnnie CookTV film
1995NachtshowEpisode: "February 10th, 1995"
1995Duckman: Private Dick/Family ManDuckman's motherEpisode: "The Germ Turns"
1996Space CasesMa (voice)Episode: "Mother Knows Best"
1997–2001RecessFlo Spinelli3 episodes
1998Chance of a LifetimeIrene DunbarTV film
1998Mr. HeadmistressHarriet MagnumTV film
1999No Higher LoveEllen YoungTV film
1999Smart HousePatTV film
1999That '70s ShowEdna Hyde3 episodes
1999–2003, 2008–2013FuturamaLeela (voice only)136 Episodes
2000TuckerClaire Wennick13 Episodes
2001The Geena Davis ShowAshleyEpisode: "Girls' Night Out"
2002Imagine ThatBarb Thompson2 Episodes
2002–20058 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage DaughterCate S. Hennessy76 Episodes
2004When Angels Come to TownJoTV film
2004–2006Higglytown HeroesMonica the Police Officer3 episodes
2005Three Wise GuysShirley CrownTV film
2005Campus ConfidentialNaomi JacobsTV film
2005Ghost WhispererFrancie LewisEpisode: "Undead Comic"
2005–2007The ShieldNancy Gilroy2 episodes
2005–2010LostHelen Norwood4 episodes
2006Boston LegalBarbara Little5 episodes
2006The Search for the Funniest Mom in AmericaHostReality series
2007The WinnerLydia BerkoEpisode: "Hot for Teacher"
2008Eli StoneMarci Klein2 episodes
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationAnnabelle Bundt/Natasha SteeleEpisode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2008–2014Sons of AnarchyGemma Teller Morrow91 episodes
2010ChadamSandy (voice)Web series
2013Glee[23]Nancy AbramsEpisode: "Wonder-ful"
2013–presentSuper Duper RocketChrystal Findlee (voice)
2014Regular ShowMordecai's Mom (voice)Episode: "Maxin' and Relaxin'"
2014A to ZNarrator (voice)13 Episodes[24]
2014The SimpsonsLeela (voice only)Episode: "Simpsorama"



YearTitleChart positions
1976Moon Over Brooklyn[25]
1994Well...Billboard Top Heatseekers – 33[27]
2009Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EPTop Independent Albums — 33[28]

Top Soundtracks — 23


Awards and nominations[edit]

Katey Sagal at the 41st Emmy Awards in 1989
YearAwardCategoryFilm or seriesResult
1989American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female Performer in a TV SeriesMarried... with ChildrenNominated
1991Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMarried... with ChildrenNominated
1992Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMarried... with ChildrenNominated
1993Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMarried... with ChildrenNominated
1993American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female Performer in a TV SeriesMarried... with ChildrenNominated
1994Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMarried... with ChildrenNominated
2005Prism AwardsPerformance in a Comedy Series8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage DaughterWon
2009TV Land AwardsInnovation Award
(Shared with: Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ted McGinley, Ed O'Neill)
Married... with ChildrenWon
2010Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaSons of AnarchyNominated
2010Ewwy AwardBest Actress in a Drama SeriesSons of AnarchyNominated
2010Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaSons of AnarchyNominated
2011Golden Globe Award[30]Best Actress – Television Series DramaSons of AnarchyWon
2011Prism Awards[31]Best Actress – Television Series DramaSons of AnarchyNominated
2011Critics' Choice Television Award[32]Best Actress in a Drama SeriesSons of AnarchyNominated
2011Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaSons of AnarchyNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actress in Drama SeriesSons of AnarchyNominated
2013Prism AwardsFemale Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineSons of AnarchyWon
2014Hollywood Walk of FameStar on the Walk of FameWon



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