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Katey Sagal

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Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal (born January 19, 2022) is a Jewish American actress and singer-songwriter. Katey Sagal first achieved widespread fame as Peggy Bundy on the long-running Fox comedy series Married... with Children, for which Katey Sagal was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series and two American Comedy Awards during the show's run.



Katey Sagal also voices the character of Leela on the animated series Futurama and its related direct-to-DVD movies since 1999. Katey Sagal is also known for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy, where Katey Sagal worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Katey Sagal taking over as the series' lead for the remainder of the show's run.

Since 2008, Katey Sagal has played the role of matriarch Gemma Teller Morrow in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, for which Katey Sagal won a Golden Globe in 2011. Katey Sagal has been married to the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, since 2004.x

Early life

Katey Sagal was born in California to a show business family of five children,[2] including younger twin sisters Jean and Liz Sagal, and Joe Sagal all three of whom are actors. Her mother, Sara Zwilling, was a writer and producer who died of heart disease; her father, Boris Sagal, was a director[3] who died in an accident on the set of the television movie World War III.[2] Katey Sagal and her siblings grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles.[2]


Katey Sagal on Comic-Con 2011

Katey Sagal began her 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) and in 1973 working as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker./
In 1978, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons asked her to sing background vocals on his self-titled solo album. During this time Katey Sagal was also a member of the rock group The Group With No Name. Katey Sagal also sang backup for Bette Midler, who hired her for her 1979 tour as one of The Harlettes. In 1981, Katey Sagal appeared as a backup singer on the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners.

Katey Sagal returned to television in 1985 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). Katey Sagal portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy. During her audition for the role, Katey Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig and with the producers' approval, the look transitioned into the show. As Peg, Katey Sagal 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 eleven years.

After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed, and Katey Sagal also contributed to the children's cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1999, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired, cyclopian spaceship captain, Leela, in his science fiction cartoon comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was canceled after five seasons.[4] However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim[5] and Comedy Central[6] increased the show's popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a series of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as 16 episodes.[7] Katey Sagal reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the new season that began airing June 24, 2010.[8]

Katey Sagal guest starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show. Katey Sagal starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker the following year./
Katey Sagal 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 of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter before his death. The show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.

In 2005, Katey Sagal made two appearances on Lost as Helen Norwood. In 2007, Katey Sagal 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, Katey Sagal appeared in four episodes of the short-lived series Eli Stone. Katey Sagal currently stars as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter.

Katey Sagal 3, 2012

In January 2009, Katey Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.[9] In 2010, Katey Sagal appeared twice more on Lost. In 2009 Katey Sagal starred in the film House Broken with Danny DeVito.

In 2010, Katey Sagal returned to the stage in Randy Newman's musical Harps & Angels.[10]

Musical career

Katey Sagal is also a songwriter. In 1976, while a member of The Group With No Name, Katey Sagal contributed to the album Moon over Brooklyn. Katey Sagal was a member of Bette Midler's backup group The Harlettes in 1978, and again from 1982–83.[11] Katey Sagal performed backing vocals on the self-titled solo album by Gene Simmons as well as background vocals on Olivia Newton-John's 1985 single "Soul Kiss". Katey 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 had some background impersonations from the movie.

On April 19, 1994, Katey Sagal released her first solo album, Well... On June 1, 2004, Katey Sagal released her second album, Room.[12] Katey Sagal has also contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.[13]

Personal life

Katey Sagal was married to German American musician Freddie Beckmeier (1978–1981) and country music drummer Jack White (November 26, 1993–July 24, 2000). In 1991, Katey Sagal learned Katey Sagal was pregnant. This was unexpected by the directors of Married... with Children, so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. However, in October 1991, Katey Sagal 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". Katey Sagal also had an early miscarriage around this time. Katey Sagal and White eventually had two children. The writers of Married... with Children deliberately didn't write Sagal's two later pregnancies into the show due to the earlier stillbirth, opting instead to shoot her in instances where her midsection was obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas.[14]

Katey 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, who was born through a surrogate mother.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Failing of Raymond Girl patient credited as "Catherine Louise Katey Sagal"
television film
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Young nurse credited as "Katie Katey Sagal"
1973 Columbo Secretary episode: "Candidate for Crime"
1974 Larry Cashier television film
1975 The Dream Makers Unemployment manager television film
1985–1986 Mary Jo Tucker  
1987 Maid to Order Louise  
1987–1997 Married... with Children Peggy Bundy Series Regular: 250 Episodes
1988 The Good Mother Ursula  
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Mary Quite Contrary television film
Tales from the Crypt Ms. Kilbasser episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
1991 Katey Sagal Says She's Innocent Susan Essex television film
1995 Trail of Tears Annie Cook television film
Nachtshow   episode: "February 10th, 1995"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Duckman's mother animated series
episode: "The Germ Turns"
1996 Space Cases Ma (voice only) episode: "Mother Knows Best"
1997–2001 Recess Flo Spinelli animated series
episodes: "Parents' Night"
"Weekend at Muriel's"
"Dance Lessons"
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Irene Dunbar television film
Mr. Headmistress Harriet Magnum television film
1999 No Higher Love Ellen Young  
Smart House Pat television film
That 70s Show Edna Hyde episodes: "Career Day"
"Prom Night"
"Punk Chick"
Futurama Leela voice only
animated series
2000 Dropping Out Wendy  
Tucker Claire Wennick episodes: "Pilot"
"Seth Green with Envy"
"Everybody Dance Now"
2001 The Geena Davis Show Ashley episode: "Girls' Night Out"
Recess: School's Out Mrs. Flo Spinelli voice only
animated film
2002 Following Tildy Connie St. John  
Imagine That Barb Thompson  
2002–2005 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Cate S. Hennessy Series Regular: 76 Episodes
2004 When Angels Come to Town Jo television film
2004–2006 Higglytown Heroes Monica the Police Officer episodes: "Great Un-Expectations/Snow Dazed"
"Smells Like a Myster/Ship Ahoy!"
"Wayne's Day Out"
2005 Campus Confidential Naomi Jacobs television film
Three Wise Guys Shirley Crown  
2005 Ghost Whisperer Francie Lewis episode: "Undead Comic"
2005–2007 The Shield Nancy Gilroy episodes: "Grave"
2005–2010 Lost Helen Norwood episodes: "Orientation"
"The Substitute"
"The Candidate"
2006 I'm Reed Fish Maureen  
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 reality series
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Turanga Leela voice only
animated film
The Winner Lydia Berko episode: "Hot for Teacher"
2008 Eli Stone Marci Klein episodes: "Patience"
"Waiting For That day"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Annabelle Bundt/Natasha Steele episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Turanga Leela voice only
animated film
Futurama: Bender's Game Turanga Leela/Leegola voice only
animated film
2008–present Sons of Anarchy Gemma Teller Morrow  
2009 House Broken Mom  
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Turanga Leela voice only
animated film
2010 Chadam Sandy voice only
animated web series
Jack and the Beanstalk Jack's mum  
Harps & Angels    



Year Title Chart positions
1976 Moon Over Brooklyn[16]
  • Released: 1976[17]
  • Label:
1994 Well... Billboard Top Heatseekers – 33[18]
2004 Room —
2009 Sons of Anarchy: Shelter - EP Top Independent Albums — 33[19]

Top Soundtracks — 23

Awards and nominations

Katey Sagal at the 41st Emmy Awards in 1989
Year Award Category Film or series Result
1989 American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series Married... with Children Nominated
1991 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
1992 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
1993 American Comedy Awards Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series Married... with Children Nominated
1994 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Married... with Children Nominated
2005 Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Won
2009 TV Land Awards Innovation Award
(Shared with: Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ted McGinley, Ed O'Neill)
Married... with Children Won
2010 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2010 Ewwy Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Award[20] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Won
2011 Prism Awards[21] Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award[22] Best Actress in a Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sons of Anarchy Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in Drama Series Sons of Anarchy Nominated


  1. ^ Katey Sagal Biography. The Biography Channel. 2007. Retrieved 2022-04-29.
  2. ^ a b c Cathcart, Rebecca. "Out From Under All That Big Hair", The New York Times, November 7, 2008, p. 2 of online version
  3. ^ Katey Sagal Biography. Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Adult Swim". Pressroom. Archived from the original on 2022-01-02. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  6. ^ Dempsey, John (October 27, 2021). ""Futurama" in Comedy Central's future via big deal". Variety. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  7. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew (June 22, 2022). ""Futurama" gets new life on Comedy Central". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2021-11-06. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  8. ^ Salem, Rob. "Futurama cast members ink new deal with Fox". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2022-05-08.
  9. ^ "Star-ving May Leave You Hungry". New TeeVee Station. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  10. ^ Randy Newman's Harps and Angels Opens with Katey Sagal, Michael McKean, Adriane Lenox
  11. ^ "The Staggering Harlettes". Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  12. ^ "Room". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Sons of Anarchy: Shelter - EP by Various Artists". iTunes. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  14. ^ E! True Hollywood Story Married... with Children
  15. ^ Silverman, Stephen M.. (2021-10-05) Married Actress Katey Sagal Weds Writer – Marriage, Katey Sagal. Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
  16. ^ "Moon Over Brooklyn > Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  17. ^ The Katey Sagal Picture Pages. Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
  18. ^ Well... – Katey Sagal. AllMusic (2022-04-19). Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
  19. ^ "Sons of Anarchy: Shelter - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. 2021-11-24. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  20. ^ Chicago TV News: TV reviews, TV previews, TV interviews, TV schedule, celebrity interviews – Retrieved on 2011-03-04.
  21. ^ Posted by R.W. in Film Awards, TV Show Awards (2022-02-19). "Prism Awards 2011: Nominations: THE FIGHTER, BLACK SWAN, WINTER’S BONE". Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  22. ^ In Full: Critics' Choice Television Awards - Nominees digitalspy

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