An extremely gifted and versatile performer adept at both comedy and drama, actress/singer Katey Sagal became a household name in the late 1980s 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 Peg Bundy persona was, Katey assertively moved on without a hitch after the show went off the air, not only starring in other sitcoms and television movies, but portraying characters that were polar opposite to the outrageous role that first earned her nationwide attention. For example, In 2008, she took on the role of Gemma Teller Morrow -- the matriarch of a Hell's Angels-esque California biker gang -- on the series "Sons of Anarchy" (2008), and in 2011, her portrayal earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama.
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 television 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 1970s 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 1970s and early 1980s.
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 television. 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 television movies, appearing in such fare as Chance of a Lifetime (1998) (TV), a charming romantic comedy that also co-starred John Ritter, God's New Plan (1999) (TV), a tearjerker in which she played a dying mother, and the Disney offerings Smart House (1999) (TV) and Mr. Headmistress (1998) (TV). The voice of Turanga Leela, the beautiful one-eyed sewer mutant, in the animated series "Futurama" (1999), she also has guested on such series as "Ghost Whisperer" (2005), "Lost" (2004), "Boston Legal" (2004), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) and "Eli Stone" (2008). 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 (2010) 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.
|Kurt Sutter||(2 October 2004 - present) 1 child|
|Jack White||(26 November 1993 - 24 July 2000) (divorced) 3 children|
|Freddie Beckmeier||(1 May 1977 - 1981) (divorced)|
Her high and lilting voice
Brown hair and green eyes
Wore a wig for her role as Peg Bundy in "Married with Children" (1987).
She appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
Her mother was a Southern belle of English stock. Her father was a Russian-Jewish immigrant.
Step-granddaughter of Ernest Belcher.
Her father, Boris Sagal, was a director, and her mother was a singer.
Released a second CD in June 2004 called "Room," a collection of pop originals and classics.
Was hired to sing back-up for Bob Dylan during his 1978 tour but was fired (along with half the band) a week before it started up.
One of her "Peg Bundy" bras is located in the Frederick's of Hollywood Lingerie Museum in Hollywood. It was stolen during the 1993 riots, but was returned by the thieves after they discovered its value.
Her godfather is producer Norman Lear.
Her older brother David is a lawyer and studio executive at Warner Brothers.
At the auditions of "Married with Children" (1987), it was her own idea of dressing up Peggy by wearing clothes from the 1960s.
Parodied her role of Peg via a similarly attired character in the "Futurama" (1999) episode "A Bicyclops Built for Two".
Her first marriage, to bass player Freddie Beckmeyer, ended in divorce after three years. A second to Jack White, who was involved in the "Mighty Ducks" hockey film series as both actor and adviser, also ended in divorce. She has two children from her second marriage, Sarah and Jackson.
Stepsister of Gregg Champion.
As of 2011, she lives in Bel Air, California.
In December 1989, after two months of pregnancy with her first child, she suffered a miscarriage.
Gave birth to her first child at age 37, a stillborn daughter Ruby Jean White in October 1991. Child's father is her second husband, Jack White.
Gave birth to her second child at age 40, a daughter Sarah Grace White on August 7, 1994. Child's father is her second husband, Jack White.
Gave birth to her third child at age 42, a son Jackson James White on March 1, 1996. Child's father is her second husband, Jack White.
Became a mother for the fourth time at age 52, her daughter Esme Louise Sutter was born via surrogate on January 10, 2007. Child's father is her third husband, Kurt Sutter.
It was never about sort of being famous. I just wanted to be good at what I did.
It isn't often that an actress gets to spend so much time on ONE job. In the acting business, you usually go from one thing to another.
[on being an older mom] My thing about having another child was, time's-a-wasting! I thought about being an older parent and what that means for another child, but I was somewhat of an older parent when I had Sarah and Jackson in my late 30s. I have an enormous family with many cousins, and Esmé has an older brother and sister. So, I felt it was okay to do this.
I'd been looking for a more dramatic role. I've done comedy most of my career, which I love, but I wanted to expand. And "Sons of Anarchy" (2008) came along, and is sort of a dream job, really, a dream character to play. It's so different from other roles I've played, and it's been challenging, which is just what I wanted.
[on "8 Simple Rules" (2002)] After John Ritter died, we collectively wanted to go on. It was a rock-and-a-hard-place position, where it felt really wrong to just leave and end it, but it also felt uncomfortable to continue. There was just no really obvious right thing to do. And the people who make the decisions made that decision to move forward. I thought it was the most honest thing to do, and a way of honoring John as well. I was happy that they decided to let the story unfold as the family loses the father. I did feel like they tried to get back to the funny a little quick. I understand that's the major thing on sitcoms--you want to get people laughing, but I thought that organically, it could have taken a little more time in telling that real story of the family getting through it. I think we did the best we could. It was just heartbreaking.
[on the sitcom "Mary" (1985)] That was awesome. I was the last one to know that that show was not doing well. I thought it was fantastic. It was my first job on television, really, and I was with Mary Tyler Moore. And Danny DeVito was the director; he cast me. And I literally had never been on a sitcom, or even near a sitcom. I had not a clue as to what I was doing. And Mary was very loving and supportive; I just followed her lead, because she's, you know, the queen. So for my first experience on a sitcom, it was awesome.
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