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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 March 1954Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameCatherine Anne O'Hara
Nickname Cath
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born March 4, 1954 in Ontario, Canada. Attended Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute. Began career with starring on television series SCTV (1976). Notable films roles include: the over-dramatic and self-centered Delia Deetz in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988), Kate McCallister, Macaulay Culkin's on-screen mother in Home Alone (1990) and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). Catherine would later star in a string of Christopher Guest's mockumentary films including: Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), and For Your Consideration (2006).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (1)

Bo Welch (25 April 1992 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Her smile

Trivia (24)

Sister of critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Mary Margaret O'Hara.
She was part of the group Northern Lights who sang the song "Tears Are Not Enough" which was on the "We Are The World" album.
Crowned Queen of Comedy after her years as a regular on SCTV (1976), better known as SCTV. Catherine O'Hara has an almost religious cult following around the world.
A high school friend of Robin Duke at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. They first acted together in a school production of "Harvey".
Has 2 sons, Matthew Welch (born 1994) and Luke Welch (born 1997), with Bo Welch.
Is one of 7 children.
She is a naturalized a U.S. citizen.
Third generation Irish/Canadian/Catholic.
Wrote SCTV (1976)'s famous sketch "High-Q", considered one of the funniest sketches on SCTV (1976).
Composed the two songs she and her sister Mary Margaret O'Hara and friend Robin Duke performed in The Last Polka (1985).
Owns a cottage (along with her husband Bo Welch) in Muskoka, Ontario.
Learned to play the autoharp for her role in A Mighty Wind (2003).
Gave a tearful eulogy at the funeral for John Candy.
Went to the same high school as fellow Canadian entertainer Dave Foley.
Auditioned for the role of Jane Craig in Broadcast News (1987). Holly Hunter was cast instead.
Received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in June 2007.
Began working at Toronto's "Second City" in 1973 as a waitress. Her brother Marc O'Hara, and sister Mary Margaret O'Hara also had jobs there.
A close friend of late actor John Candy.
Does an excellent impersonation of Katharine Hepburn, as seen on SCTV (1976). (AKA: SCTV).
Has a congenital condition called "Situs Inversus" in which the organs of the chest and abdomen are arranged in a perfect mirror image reversal of the normal positioning. Most people with situs inversus have no medical symptoms or complications resulting from the condition and it only occurs in less than 1 in 10,000.
Often cast in Tim Burton films. Her most famous being The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) where she provided the acting and singing voices of Lead female Sally and the female trick-or-treater Shock. Other Burton films are Beetlejuice (1988) and the upcoming animated October 2012 release Frankenweenie (2012).
Her acting mentor was Comedian Gilda Radner.
In 2013, she participated in "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" to perform "Sally's Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). She received a standing ovation when she entered the stage, as well as when she left.
Pictured on one of a set of five nondenominated Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring Great Canadian Comedians, issued 29 August 2014. In addition to the main portrait, she is shown in her roles as Delia Deetz in Beetlejuice (1988), Marilyn Hack in For Your Consideration (2006), and Mickey Crabbe in A Mighty Wind (2003). Others honored in this set are Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, and Oliver Guimond. Price of each stamp on day of issue was 85¢.

Personal Quotes (7)

I'm pretty much a good Catholic girl at heart and I believe in family. I also have a basic belief that God takes care of me. I believe in prayer, even though I'm not that religious. I just have that foundation from my family. I mean when you think that you're just a human being and one of God's creatures, you can't take anything that seriously.
I lived in LA for a few months. It seemed like no one there had parents. Or if they did have parents, they would deny it.
I think the success of my work stems from being truthful.
I know. I'm lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have 'til December, right?
Night time really is the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone is asleep.
I never went to the prom or anything. I got asked by a couple of weird guys, but no one I wanted to show up at a formal with. Mostly I thought about being an actress. I wasn't conscious of wanting to be a comic actress. I wasn't really funny or anything, and I didn't think about it. It wasn't supposed to be ladylike for a girl to joke. To this day, I've found that it doesn't matter what a guy looks like if he's really funny. His sense of humor makes him attractive. On the other hand, you don't hear men saying, "No she's not pretty, but is she ever funny!"
[on doing voiceover work with Martin Short in 'Frankenweenie'] In a live-action film, the focus is on the set and the lighting and everything that's there. In animation, it's all right in the headphones. As Marty says, it uses a different set of muscles. In this case, we were given some beautiful illustrations to guide us, and I think we just tried to honor that.

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