Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal (born Catherine Louise Sagal on January 19, 1954) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress and singer-songwriter, best known for her roles in Futurama, 8 Simple Rules and Married… with Children.


Early life

Sagal was born in California to a Jewish show business family; she is the daughter of director Boris Sagal, best known for his work on 1960s television dramas, including The Twilight Zone. Her mother, Sara Zwilling, was a producer. Sagal is the older sister of twin actresses Jean Sagal and Liz Sagal, best remembered as the Doublemint Twins of the early 1980s, and for their own short-lived sitcom of that era: Double Trouble. She is also the sister of actor Joe Sagal. Sagal and her siblings grew up in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. She studied at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.


Sagal began her career working the Hollywood circuit. She appeared in several television films between 1971 and 1975, including a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo film Candidate for Crime (directed by her father) and in 1973 working as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker.

Sagal's first real brush with fame came in 1977, when Heavy Metal icon Gene Simmons asked her to sing background vocals on Kiss' Calling Dr. Love. The album, Rock and Roll Over, went platinum and Sagal had her first "fifteen minutes" of fame. 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.

Sagal returned to television in 1985 in the television series Mary starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peg Bundy on the American sitcom Married... with Children (1987 – 1997). She portrayed the lower-class, unhappy, sex-craving 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. Peggy wore a large red bouffant wig, capris-length leggings with a large belt, and high slip-on heels, which were all fashion styles from the 1960s. She would also often appear wearing off-the-shoulder tops. Sagal's career focused almost entirely on this series for its ten-year run (although she also appeared in several television movies). Sagal briefly revisited her role of Peg Bundy in Married... with Children, when the sitcom was parodied in the Futurama episode "A Bicyclops Built for Two".

In 1998 Sagal guest starred in "Git Along Little Soul," an episode of the comedy The Stealer of Souls produced by The Radio Repertory Company of America

After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed for Sagal, and she was also a featured voice on the children's cartoon Recess. In 1999, Matt Groening cast her as Turanga Leela in his science fiction cartoon comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was canceled after four seasons. The revival of Futurama was announced in 2006; Sagal has stated plans to return as Leela in the four DVD movies which will later be rebroadcast as 16 episodes on Comedy Central in 2008.

Sagal also guest starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show: Punk Chick (1999), Prom Night (1999), and The Career Day (1999). She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker in 2000. Sagal was also cast in the Disney Channel movie Smart House, playing a computerized maid that suddenly gets a mind of its own. She wore the same wig for the role as she did for Married... with Children.

Sagal was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002. Following Ritter's death, Sagal was given the difficult task of carrying most of the show (with a little help from new cast members David Spade and James Garner). Ritter completed only three episodes of the second season of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter with Sagal introducing each episode. The show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.

In 2005, she made two guest appearances on Lost and one guest appearance on CBS's Ghost Whisperer. She hosted The Search for the Funniest Mom In America 2 and she had a recurring role as a guest star on Boston Legal.

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.

In 2008, she appeared in two episodes of Eli Stone as Marci Klein, one of the founding partners of the show's law firm. She currently has a starring role on Sons of Anarchy.

Musical career

Sagal is also an accomplished songwriter. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, she contributed to the album "Moon over Brooklyn". She also performed backing vocals on the solo album by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons as well as background vocals on Olivia Newton-John's 1986 single "Soul Kiss". On April 19 1994, she released her first solo album, Well.... Ten years later, on June 1 2004, she released her second album, Room.

Personal life

Sagal was married to Freddie Beckmeier (1978–1981) and Jack White (November 26 1993July 24 2000). In 1991, Sagal discovered she was pregnant. This was unexpected to the directors of Married... with Children. The pregnancy was written in to the storyline of the show. However, she ended up having an emergency caesarean section in her 7th month of pregnancy, and the child did not survive. The pregnancy on the show then turned out to be a "dream" because it would have been too painful for an infant to be on set at the time. She had one other early miscarriage around this time as well.

Sagal married Kurt Sutter (a writer, producer, and actor for The Shield) in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004 at their home in Los Feliz, California. They welcomed their first child together, daughter Esme Louise, on January 10, 2007. Esme was carried by a surrogate mother.

Selected works

Year Title Role Other Notes
1971 The Failing of Raymond Girl Patient credited as Catherine Louise Sagal
1973 Columbo (TV series) Secretary Episode:
"Candidate for Crime"
1974 Larry (TV series)>Larry Cashier
1975 The Dream Makers Unemployment Manager
1985 Mary Jo Tucker
TV | Film
Maid to Order Louise
Married… with Children Peggy Bundy Ending in 1997
Golden Globe Awards (nominated-4Xs)
1988 The Good Mother Ursula
1990 Tales from the Crypt Ms. Kilbasser Episode:
"For Cryin' Out Loud"
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Mary Quite Contrary
1991 She Says She's Innocent Susan Essex
1995 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Duckman's Mother Episode:
"The Germ Turns"
Nachtshow Episode:
"February 10, 1995"
Trail of Tears (Film) Annie Cook
1996 Space Cases Ma Episode:
"Mother Knows Best"
1997 Recess Flo Spinelli Ending in 2001
"Parents' Night"
"Weekend at Muriel's"
"Dance Lessons"
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Irene Dunbar
Mr. Headmistress Harriet Magnum
The Stealer of Souls Guest star in episode "Git Along Little Soul"
1999 Futurama Turanga Leela Voice only
Smart House Pat
That '70s Show Edna Hyde Episodes:
"Career Day"
"Prom Night"
"Punk Chick"
God's New Plan Ellen Young
TV | Film
Tucker Claire Wennick Episodes:
"Seth Green with Envy"
"Everybody Dance Now"
Dropping Out(film) Wendy
TV | Film
The Geena Davis Show Ashley Episode:
"Girls' Night Out"
Recess: School's Out Mrs. Flo Spinelli
TV | Film
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Cate Hennessy Prism Awards (won)
Imagine That (TV series) Barb Thompson
Following Tildy Connie St. John
2004 When Angels Come to Town Jo
Higglytown Heroes Monica the Police Officer
Police Officer Hero
"Great Un-Expectations/Snow Dazed"
"Smells Like a Myster/Ship Ahoy!"
"Wayne's Day Out"
2005 Lost Helen Episodes:
Ghost Whisperer Francie Lewis Episode:
"Undead Comic"
Three Wise Guys Shirley Crown
Campus Confidential Naomi Jacobs
TV | Film
Boston Legal Barbara Little Episodes:
"New Kids on the Block"
"Desperately Seeking Shirley"
"Fine Young Cannibal"
"Whose God Is It Anyway?"
"The Verdict"
The Search for the Funniest Mom in America Host
I'm Reed Fish Maureen
TV | Film
The Winner Episode:
"Hot for Teacher"
The Shield Nancy Gilroy Episodes:
Futurama: Bender's Big Score Turanga Leela Voice only
Animated movie
2008 Eli Stone Marci Klein Episodes:
"Waiting For That day"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Annabelle Bundt
Natasha Steele
"Two and a Half Deaths"
Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs Turanga Leela Voice only
Animated movie
Sons of Anarchy Gemma Teller Morro''
Futurama: Bender's Game Turanga Leela Voice only
Animated movie

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