Jan. 19th, 1954
Hollywood, California, USA
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An extremely gifted and versatile performer adept at both comedy and drama, actress/singer Katey Sagal became a household name in the late 80s as the fabulously brazen, undomesticated Peg Bundy on the enduring Fox series Married with Children (1987). During its lengthy run, she received three Golden Globe and two American Comedy Award nominations. As popular and identifiable as her Bundy persona was, Katey assertively moved on without a hitch after the show went off the air, not only starring in other sitcoms and TV movies, but portraying characters that were polar opposite to the outrageous role that first earned her nationwide attention. In recent years, in addition to her busy on-camera scheduling, Katey has retraced her steps back to her first love: singing and songwriting. With the support of her record label Valley Entertainment, she released the album "Room" in 2004, which combined such classics as "Feel a Whole Lot Better" and "(For the Love of) Money" with original songs she penned, including "Life Goes Round," "Daddy's Girl" and "Wish I Were a Kid". "Room" is her first CD since her 1994 debut "Well."
Born Catherine Louise Sagal, her father was the late Boris Sagal', the noted TV and film director; her mother, Sara Zwilling, was a director and singer. Katey began performing at age 5 and studied voice and acting at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. A singing waitress during her "salad" years, she first started performing with the band "The Group with No Name," and then caught a break after hooking up with Gene Simmons and his '70s rock band KISS. IN the meantime she gained valuable experience as a backup recording singer for Simmons and such other established stars as Bob Dylan, Olivia Newton-John, Etta James and Tanya Tucker. Katey also was dynamic performing live backup with diva 'Bette Midler' as one of her "Harlettes" in Bette's wildly avant garde stage shows during the late '70s and early '80s. In 1985, while performing on stage in a musical, she was spotted by talent agents who subsequently cast her as Mary Tyler Moore's feisty co-worker Jo Tucker in Mary (1985), a short-lived comedy series. From that point on she focused on film and TV. In 1987, she won the role of Peg Bundy in Married with Children (1987), and the rest is history. In her post-Bundy career, Katey has continued to demonstrate a strong range, playing a much more responsible parent in the popular sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002). Co-starring the late John Ritter, Katey valiantly moved to single head of household after Ritter's sudden passing in 2003 with highly successful results. Katey has earned equally fine kudos for her TV movies, appearing in such fare as Chance of a Lifetime (1998), a charming romantic comedy that also co-starred John Ritter, God's New Plan (1999), a tearjerker in which she played a dying mom, and the Disney offerings Smart House (1999) and Mr. Headmistress (1998). The voice of Turanga Leela, the beautiful one-eyed alien, in the Futurama (1999) animated series, she also has guested on such series as Ghost Whisperer (2005), Lost (2004), Boston Legal (2004), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and Eli Stone. Feature films have included Maid to Order (1987), The Good Mother (1988), the Sundance Film Festival favorite Dropping Out (2000), Following Tildy (2002) and the indie I'm Reed Fish (2006). More recently, she played Jack's mother in a live action/adventure retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) that also featured the talents of Christopher Lloyd, James Earl Jones and Chevy Chase.
Katey resides in the Los Angeles area with husband, writer/producer/director/creator Kurt Sutter, whose acclaimed work includes The Shield (2002) and the offbeat Sons of Anarchy (2008), the latter show created by Sutter with Katey intriguingly cast as a motorcycle club family matriarch. They share their home with three children, Sarah, Jackson and Esmé, and three dogs, Lumpy, Lola and Blue.
- Her father, 'Boris Sagal' (qv), later married renowned dancer/choreographer 'Marge Champion' (qv) after her mother's death.
- Released a second CD in June 2004 called "Room," a collection of pop originals and classics.
- Her mother was a Southern belle of English stock. Her father was a Russian-Jewish immigrant.
- Her father, 'Boris Sagal' (qv), was a director, and her mother was a singer.
- She appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
- In a far cry from the red-wigged, stiletto-heeled "Peg Bundy" on _"Married with Children" (1987)_ (qv), she plays a responsible sitcom parent "Cate Hennessey" on _"8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (2002)_ (qv).
- In December of 1989, she miscarried her first baby in the second month of her pregnancy. A second child, born in October 1991, whom she named Ruby Jean, was stillborn. She missed several episodes of _"Married with Children" (1987)_ (qv) at the time of her second loss while recovering. The pregnancy had been incorporated into earlier episodes but after the tragedy was later dismissed as a "bad dream.".
- Older sister of 'Liz Sagal' (qv), 'Jean Sagal' (qv) and 'Joe Sagal' (qv).