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Katey Sagal

Katey ( Catherine Louise) Sagal was born on January 19, 1956, in Los Angeles, Ca. Sagal is best known for her role as Peg Bundy in the long-running series Married…with Children, in which she earned four Golden Globe and two American Comedy Award nominations. Katey joined Mary Tyler Moore in the series Maryand has starred in the television movies Mr. Headmistress, Chance of a Lifetime, Trail of Tears, She Says She's Innocent and God's New Plan. She was also featured as the voice of Leela, a beautiful one-eyed alien, in the animated series Futurama. Her feature film credits include Love Stinks, Maid to Order and The Good Mother. Katey is also a critically-acclaimed singer and songwriter who began performing at the age of five. She was a Harlette with Bette Midler for three years, and was also a background singer for Bob Dylan, Olivia Newton-John, Etta James and Tanya Tucker. In 1997 she released her first CD, "Well," which she co-wrote. Katey's favorite gig is her real-life role as a mother.
Her father Boris Sagal was a noted TV director with Russian roots. He also did some movies, e.g. the 1965 movie "Girl Happy" with Elvis Presley. Therefore Katey met Elvis as a nine year old girl, but she didn't care about that fact back then. Katey's father died on May 22, 1981, on the set for "World War III" when he walked into a helicopter rear rotor on the parking lot of Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon, the place where also Kubrick's "Shining" was filmed. His grave is at some Hollywood Hills cemetary. Katey's mother Sara Zwilling was America's first feminine director and a singer. She died in 1975 at the age of 47 from a heart desease. By the way, "Zwilling" means "twin" in German, and she gave birth to twins. After Sara's death, Boris married dancer Marge Champion. Marge appeared in films like "Show Boat". Today she lives in New York as a dance teacher and choreographer. Katey's older brother David is a lawyer. He studied in Harvard. Her younger brother Joey Sagal appeared in two Married... with Children.
Katey's sister Liz (Elizabeth) Sagal (October 9, 1963, LA CA) played in "Skinheads" (1990, aka "Teste Rasate") as Amy, "Howard the Duck" (1986) as Ronette, "Double Trouble" (TV Series 1984-85) as Allison Foster (with her twin sister Jean), "Flashdance" (1983) as Sunny and "Grease 2" (1982) as a Sorority Girl (with her twin sister Jean again). She also had a guest appearance with her twin sister Jean (as Elena) in "Picket Fences" (episode Nuclear Meltdowns as Ellen), "21 Jump Street" (episode Chapel of Love) and "Trapper John, M.D.". Recently she played with Katie in the movie "Following Tildy". Her sister Jean Sagal, twin sister of Liz, played in "Double Trouble" (TV Series 1984) as Kate Foster (with her sister Liz), "Grease 2" (1982) as a Sorority Girl (with her sister Liz, too), and the 1989 "Quantum Leap" episode "What Price Gloria?" (again with her twin sister.
Kateys godfather is the producer Norman Lear. In 1978 Katey had her first wedding with bass player Freddie Beckmeyer, but their marriage lasted only three years. On November 26, 1993, Katey married her second husband Jack White after living together for 5 years. Katey and Jack have a daughter Sarah Grace White (August 5, 1994) and a son Jackson James White (March 1, 1996). They used to live in the San Fernando Valley, California, and their wedding song was "Our Love Is Here to Stay". They divorced around the year 2000. On October 2, 2004, Katey married her third husband Kurt Sutter. Katey wore a Reem Acra wedding gown. Ed O'Neill attended the ceremony. Katey & Kurt now live in Los Feliz, California.
In December of 1989, Katey miscarried her first baby in the second month of her pregnancy. She wasn't luckier with her second child: On October 13 or 14, 1991, six weeks early Ruby Alexandra was stillborn. Five days later the episode "God's Shoes" was taped without Katey. At that time she played pregnant Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children. Peggy was absent from the show due to Katey's recovery. After the tragedy, the producers decided to drop the plot of an expectant Peg and her pregnancy was explainded as a bad dream of Al .

Katey released two CDs: Well - April 19, 1994 - Virgin Records CD/CT US - including the song "Can't Hurry the Harvest" and Room - June 1, 2004 - Valley Entertainment VE CD

She was born into a show business family and grew up in Los Angeles. Katey is a singer/songwriter who began singing at the age of five. From fall 1971 to June 1972 she took singing and acting classes at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Her classmates included Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens and David Hasselhoff. In 1973, she hit the road for one year with a part in a musical production of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Her roommate on tour was Joanna Kerns. Back home she had to earn money as a singing waitress at "The Great American Food and Beverage Company" restaurant. With co-workers with Henry Medross, Carolyn Ray, Jimmy Lott and Alan Miles she started the band "The Group with no Name". One night, Katey waited on Gene Simmons and his 70s rock band Kiss. In a friendly conversation she mentioned her band and one band member turned out to be one of Simmons' former college classmates. This led to an introduction with record executive Neill Bogard who eventually signed Sagal and her group for Casablanca Records. They released the 1976 album "Moon over Brooklyn" which wasn't a success, though. However, Simmons chose her as a back-up singer for his solo album. She has also worked as a back-up singer for Etta James, Tanya Tucker, Carolyn Ray, Mark Goldenberg, Paolinho da Costa and others. Katey even rehearsed for six weeks to take part in Bob Dylan's 1978 tour, but she was fired a couple of days before the tour started.

Katey performed with Bette Midler as one of the "Harlettes" in the late 70s and early 80s. She joined the group for Bette's fall 1978 world tour. Bette had wanted Charlotte Crossley (who played Peggy's friend Louise in 206, 212 and 403), Ula Hedwig, and Sharon Redd (the three that that served as her Harlettes during the 1977 "Club Tour"), but since their trio "Formerly of the Harlettes" was doing so well, they declined. So, for the first time, Bette had to advertise for three new ladies to become the newest members of Bette's backup trio. 248 women (plus two man in drag) answered the ad placed in the trade paper "The Hollywood Reporter". From this group, three women were eventually chosen: Linda Hart, Frannie Eisenberg, and Katey Sagal (she called herself Katie at that time). The three soon started a series of grueling 12 hour rehearsals to prepare for this tour; the only thing that kept the three going was the knowledge that Bette was working equally as hard as they were, and that she often was still working after they had gone home at midnight. The tour started out in Seattle, Washington. There were ten concerts at London’s Palladium, and the tour stopped at Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and other cities. The tour ended on November 27, 1978, in Sydney. Katey decided to leave the Harlettes before Bette's 1979 "Divine Madness" tour. She was replaced by Paulette McWilliams.

Katey joined the Harlettes again for Bette Midler's 1982/83 "De Tour". Her co-Harlettes were Ula Hedwig (again) and Linda Hart. "De Tour" premiered on December 6, 1982 at the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles. One number was called "Delores DeLago", where Bette and her Harlettes (playing the "DeLago Sisters") were dressed in mermaid costumes and driving around in wheelchairs. At the New Year's Eve show, Bette was accompanied by Barry Manilow who was dressed as an old man representing "1982" while Bette was dressed as "baby 1983". The tour ended in the Radio City Music Hall, New York City, on March 21, 1983. Bette enjoyed the tour so much she decided to take it back out again in the summer until late fall. She brought a whole new set of Harlettes, though. The concert movie "Art or Bust" was filmed on this second "De Tour". The three Harlettes of the first "De Tour" performed background vocals on Bette Midler's 1983 album "No Frills" on the song "Soda and a Souvenir". After that, Katey focussed on her TV career. During that time, she also worked for movie soundtracks:

"Plain Clothes" (1988) with Arliss Howard: "Ain't Got Nobody", a duet with Billy Sherwood
"Loose Cannons" (1990) with Gene Hackman & Dan Aykroyd: "Loose Cannons" which appears over the end credits

Recently she recorded the duet "Suddenly Seymour" with Scott Dreier. Check out Scott's website. Katey continues to perform in nightclubs throughout the Los Angeles area.

Katey studied theater at the California Institute of the Arts. In 1985, appearing in a production of the musical "The Beautiful Lady," she was spotted by casting agents, who cast her as Mary Tyler Moore's feisty co-worker, Jo Tucker, in "Mary," a short-lived comedy series. This was the real start of her TV career. Her TV debut had been in "The Failing of Raymond" in 1971 as a patient. Her father was the director of that movie. "Mary" helped her to get the "Peggy" part on Married... with Children which made her famous. Therefore you can find one of Katey's bras in the Frederick's of Hollywood Lingerie Museum in Hollywood (6608 Hollywood Boulevard). It was stolen during the 1993 riots, but the thieves brought it back. Katey uses a wig for her Peggy part since season four. It has to be replaced every season because of the intense TV studio lights. One wig costs about US$ 4'000.

Currently, she plays on the ABC series "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter", which is also quite successful after John Ritter's death.

In Her Words: "It was never about sort of being famous. I just wanted to be good at what I did."



Five Things You Must Know About Katey Sagal


She has been a backup singer for Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Gene Simmons and Tanya Tucker.

She appeared on Hank Azaria's short-lived NBC comedy series "Imagine That."

When she was a child, her father took her to the set of "Man From UNCLE."

She is the voice of Captain Leela on the animated TV series "Futurama."

In 1994, she released an album called "Well..."


Katey Sagal Is Much More Than a Ditzy Housewife

Katey Sagal earned four Golden Globe nominations for her role as Peg Bundy, a Spandex-clad housewife. Who would guess that the woman behind the famous floozy is a former rock 'n roller and has overcome personal tragedies to become a professional success?

Although it wasn't until her early 30s that Katey Sagal became famous for her role as Peg Bundy, the matriarch on the mega-popular, dysfunctional family sitcom "Married...With Children," she was harboring show-business dreams long before that. Her father, Boris Sagal, was a successful film and TV director (his movies included the 1965 Elvis Presley film "Girl Happy"); her mother, Sarah Zwilling, was the first female assistant director in Hollywood.

From the time she was a young girl, Sagal was fixated on forging a career as a rock star. But she started her career by acting. At 18, she hit the road with a part in a musical production of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona." When she returned to Los Angeles a year later, she discovered her mother was seriously ill; she died when Sagal was just 19.

When Sagal wasn't working as an actress, she supported herself waiting tables, a job that brought her closer to her initial musical goal. One night, she waited on Gene Simmons of the '70s rock band Kiss. A friendly conversation led to an introduction with a record executive who eventually signed Sagal and her group, The Band With No Name. Unfortunately, The Band With No Name quickly became the band with no future, since their first and only recorded album went nowhere. Sagal was more successful as a backup singer, landing a gig with Bob Dylan and then spending five years as one of Bette Midler's Harlettes.

In 1981, Sagal faced yet another family tragedy when her father was killed in a helicopter accident on the set of one of his movies. Devastated by the loss, she turned to drugs and alcohol. Sagal finally got help during her stint on CBS's one-season sitcom "Mary," starring Mary Tyler Moore, and has been sober ever since.

In 1987, Sagal landed her biggest role yet as Peg Bundy, the obnoxious but loveable wife on "Married...With Children," the hugely popular sitcom that stayed on the air a staggering 11 years and earned the actress four Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

But Sagal didn't rest on her laurels: She continued performing at blues clubs on the weekends, and at one of these gigs, she met and fell in love with drummer Jack White. The couple married and later gave birth to a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Jackson. She also snagged a contract with Virgin Records to release her debut solo album "Well," which received warm praise from critics.

After the cancellation of "Married...With Children" in 1997, Sagal appeared as the voice of Leela, the buxom cyclops on the clever animated series "Futurama." Along with the changes in her career, Sagal is weathering some personal transitions: She and her husband recently split up. Still, her career is thriving. This season, she stars in the new NBC sitcom "Tucker" as Claire, the uptight, stern aunt.

Katey Sagal Married Again

Apparently, Katey Sagal can't stay off the altar.

The Eight Simple Rules star, best known for her role as feisty matriarch Peg Bundy in Fox's Married. . .With Children, swapped vows with beau Kurt Sutter Saturday in a private ceremony, confirmed Sagal's publicist, Lisa Kasteler.

According to the rep, about 150 guests attended the nuptials and reception at the couple's Los Feliz, California home, including Sagal's Eight Simple Rules cast members Kaley Cuoco and Amy Davidson as well as her former Married hubby, Mr. Al Bundy himself, Ed O'Neil.

The bride wore a Reem Acra wedding gown and the groom donned a Prada suit.

Let's hope three's the charm for the actress-singer.

Sagal, 48, was previously hitched for three years to bass player Freddie Beckmeyer when she was a backup crooner for the likes of Bette Midler, Etta James and Tanya Tucker. The two divorced in 1981.

In 1993, she tied the knot for the second time with fellow thesp Jack White (no relation to the White Stripes frontman) with whom she had two children, daughter Grace, now 10, and Jackson, 8. The pair split in 2000.

Sutter, 42, is a writer for F/X's Emmy-winning cop drama, The Shield.

In 2002, Sagal was cast as Cate Hennesy, the responsible mom of ABC's Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and successfully carried the show following the sudden death last year of co-star John Ritter.

That part was a far cry from the naughty TV persona tube viewers normally associated with Sagal—playing Peg Bundy for 10 years on Fox's Married. . ., a role which garnered her four Golden Globe nominations.

The network subsequently canceled the series in 1997. Hoping to distance herself from her Bundy alter-ego, Sagal took a variety of film and TV roles, including co-starring with Ritter in the romantic comedy telefilm Chance of a Lifetime and lending her voice to the Fox 'toon Futurama.

Her feature credits include Love Stinks, Maid to Order and The Good Mother.

Katey Sagal opens her heart and closet for ''Wear Red'' EBAY auction

Many celebs, including Dan Rather, Katey Sagal, Ellen DeGeneres and Paula Zahn are helping raise money for the American Heart Associa tion by donating autographed red items for the "Wear Red" celebrity eBay auction. It runs through Nov. 18 and is sponsored by Meredith Corp., which publishes Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal and More.

For more info on the auc tion, which benefits AHA's heart health initiatives for women, log onto lhj.com/ wearred. Some of the items up for auction will be shown off "Today" show by Dr. James Rippe, author of "Heart Health for Dummies."

 


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