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.
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".
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.
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.
|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|
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|
"Weekend at Muriel's"
|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|
|That '70s Show||Edna Hyde|| Episodes: |
|God's New Plan||Ellen Young|
TV | Film
|Tucker||Claire Wennick|| Episodes:|
"Seth Green with Envy"
"Everybody Dance Now"
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
| Episodes: |
"Great Un-Expectations/Snow Dazed"
"Smells Like a Myster/Ship Ahoy!"
"Wayne's Day Out"
|Ghost Whisperer||Francie Lewis|| Episode: |
|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 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|
|2008||Eli Stone||Marci Klein|| Episodes:|
"Waiting For That day"
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|| Annabelle Bundt|
| Episode: |
"Two and a Half Deaths"
|Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs||Turanga Leela|| Voice only|
|Sons of Anarchy||Gemma Teller Morro''|
|Futurama: Bender's Game||Turanga Leela|| Voice only|