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Sagal at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Catherine Louise Sagal

(1954-01-19) January 19, 1954 (age 68)
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
Occupation Actress • singer • songwriter
Years active 1971–present
Freddy Beckmeier
(m. 1977; div. 1981)

Fred Lombardo
(m. 1986; div. 1989)

Jack White
(m. 1993; div. 2000)

Kurt Sutter
(m. 2004)
Children 4
  • Boris Sagal
  • Sara Zwilling
  • Jean Sagal (sister)
  • Liz Sagal (sister)
  • Joey Sagal (brother)

Catherine Louise Sagal (born January 19, 1954) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for playing Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children, Leela on Futurama, and Cate Hennesy on 8 Simple Rules. In the latter role, Sagal 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.

She is also widely known for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2011.

Early life

Sagal was born in California to a show business family of five children. Her younger sisters Jean and Liz Sagal. They are a pair of twins who also act. Her brother is actor Joe Sagal. Her mother, Sara Zwilling was a writer and producer. Sagal's father, Boris Sagal was a director. Sagal grew up in Brentwood, Los Angeles.


Sagal began her career in Hollywood. She was in many made for TV movies between 1971 and 1975. These included a small role as a receptionist in the Columbo episode Candidate for Crime which was directed by her father. In 1973, she also worked as a backing vocalist for different singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker.

Katey Sagal Comic-Con 2011
Katey Sagal Comic-Con 2011

In 1978, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons asked her to sing background vocals on his solo album. During this time she was also a member of the rock group The Group With No Name. She also sang backup for Bette Midler. Midler hired her for her 1979 tour as one of The Harlettes. In 1981, Sagal was a backup singer on the Molly Hatchet album Take No Prisoners.

Sagal returned to television in 1985. She was in the series Mary starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast as Peggy Bundy on the sitcom Married... with Children (1987–1997). The series was broadcast for eleven years.

After the end of Married... with Children, Sagal did many more television movies. She also did some acting on children's cartoon Recess. She played the voice of Spinelli's mother. In 1999, Matt Groening cast her as the cyclopian spaceship captain, Leela, in his science fiction cartoon comedy Futurama. The show had a cult following but was ended after five years.

Sagal guest starred as Edna Hyde, Steven Hyde's mother, in three episodes of That '70s Show. She was also in the NBC sitcom Tucker.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Failing of Raymond Girl patient as "Catherine Louise Sagal"
television movie
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Young nurse as "Katie Sagal"
1973 Columbo Secretary episode: "Candidate for Crime"
1974 Larry Cashier television movie
1975 The Dream Makers Unemployment manager television film
1985–1986 Mary Jo Tucker
1987 Maid to Order Louise
1987–1997 Married... with Children Peggy Bundy Series Regular: 250 Episodes
1988 The Good Mother Ursula
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Mary Quite Contrary television movie
Tales from the Crypt Ms. Kilbasser episode: "For Cryin' Out Loud"
1991 She Says She's Innocent Susan Essex television movie
1995 Trail of Tears Annie Cook television movie
Nachtshow episode: "February 10th, 1995"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Duckman's mother animated series
episode: "The Germ Turns"
1996 Space Cases Ma (voice only) episode: "Mother Knows Best"
1997–2001 Recess Flo Spinelli animated series
episodes: "Parents' Night"
"Weekend at Muriel's"
"Dance Lessons"
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Irene Dunbar television movie
Mr. Headmistress Harriet Magnum television movie
1999 No Higher Love Ellen Young
Smart House Pat television movie
That 70s Show Edna Hyde episodes: "Career Day"
"Prom Night"
"Punk Chick"
Futurama Leela voice only
animated series
2000 Dropping Out Wendy
Tucker Claire Wennick episodes: "Pilot"
"Seth Green with Envy"
"Everybody Dance Now"
2001 The Geena Davis Show Ashley episode: "Girls' Night Out"
Recess: School's Out Mrs. Flo Spinelli voice only
animated movie
2002 Following Tildy Connie St. John
Imagine That Barb Thompson
2002–2005 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Cate S. Hennessy Series Regular: 76 Episodes
2004 When Angels Come to Town Jo television movie
2004–2006 Higglytown Heroes Monica the Police Officer episodes: "Great Un-Expectations/Snow Dazed"
"Smells Like a Myster/Ship Ahoy!"
"Wayne's Day Out"
2005 Campus Confidential Naomi Jacobs television movie
Three Wise Guys Shirley Crown
2005 Ghost Whisperer Francie Lewis episode: "Undead Comic"
2005–2007 The Shield Nancy Gilroy episodes: "Grave"
2005–2010 Lost Helen Norwood episodes: "Orientation"
"The Substitute"
"The Candidate"
2006 I'm Reed Fish Maureen
Boston Legal Barbara Little episodes: "New Kids on the Block"
"Desperately Seeking Shirley"
"Fine Young Cannibal"
"Whose God Is It Anyway?"
"The Verdict"
The Search for the Funniest Mom in America Host reality series
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Turanga Leela voice only
animated movie
The Winner Lydia Berko episode: "Hot for Teacher"
2008 Eli Stone Marci Klein episodes: "Patience"
"Waiting For That day"
' Annabelle Bundt/Natasha Steele episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Turanga Leela voice only
animated movie
Futurama: Bender's Game Turanga Leela/Leegola voice only
animated film
2008–present Sons of Anarchy Gemma Teller Morrow
2009 House Broken Mom
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Turanga Leela voice only
animated movie
2010 Chadam Sandy voice only
animated web series
Jack and the Beanstalk Jack's mum
Harps & Angels

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