01-19 Happy birthday to Katey Sagal, Born: January 19, 1954.
Catherine Louise “Katey” Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy, Al’s sarcastic, lazy, bon bon-eating wife, on Married… with Children and for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Sagal is also known for voicing the character Leela on the animated science-fiction series Futurama from 1999 to 2003 and 2008 to 2013, as well as for starring on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy. In the latter role, she worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal’s taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show’s run.
Sagal began her acting 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). Sagal’s first major role was as a newspaper columnist in the series Mary (1985–86) starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married… with Children (1987–1997); she portrayed the lower-class, sex-starved, free-spending wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy. The series ran for ten years.
After the end of Married… with Children, several more television films followed; she also guest starred on the children’s cartoon Recess as the voice of Spinelli’s mother. In 1998, Matt Groening cast her as the purple-haired mutant spaceship captain, Leela, in his science-fiction animated comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was cancelled after four seasons. However, airings in syndication on Adult Swim and Comedy Central increased the show’s popularity and led Comedy Central to commission a season of Futurama direct-to-DVD films, which the network later rebroadcast as as a 16-episode season five. She reprised her role as Leela in these films, and in the sixth season that began airing June 24, 2010. The series ended in 2013.
Sagal guest-starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde’s mother, in three episodes of That ’70s Show. She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker in 2000.
She was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002.
In 2005 and 2006, she made two appearances on Lost as Helen Norwood. In 2007, she had a role in the season finale of The Winner as Glen Abbot’s former, and Josh’s current, teacher. In 2008, she appeared in four episodes of the short-lived series Eli Stone.
In January 2009, Sagal reunited with her TV son David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married… with Children) for an episode of Faustino’s show Star-ving. In 2010, she appeared twice more on Lost. In 2009, she starred in the film House Broken with Danny DeVito. In 2010, she returned to the stage in Randy Newman’s musical Harps & Angels.
From 2008 to 2014, Sagal starred as Gemma Teller Morrow on the TV show Sons of Anarchy, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter.
In 2013, Sagal had a cameo on Glee as Nancy Abrams She co-starred in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) as Hailee Steinfeld’s character’s mother. She next appeared in the biography drama film Bleed for This, as the mother of Vinny Pazienza.
On September 9, 2014, Sagal received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on which most of the Married … with Children cast – including Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino – were present to celebrate the actor’s recognition.
Sagal has a guest-starring role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Karen Peralta.
On September 20, 2016, Sagal appeared as Susan, Penny’s mother on The Big Bang Theory (having previously played the mother to Kaley Cuoco’s character on 8 Simple Rules).
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