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Also Known As: Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew Died:
Born: April 29, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dubuque, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, acting instructor, model, waitress

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Beginning in the mid-1970s, Kate Mulgrew established herself as a remarkably commanding leading lady, mostly in TV, who brought authority to her portrayals of no-nonsense professional women. As Entertainment Weekly accurately observed: "With her clear Irish features and throaty, resonant voice, she bears an eerie resemblance to a young Katharine Hepburn." Mulgrew made her TV debut with a two-year stint (1975-77) as Mary Ryan, the strong-willed daughter on the ABC daytime soap "Ryan's Hope". At age 23, she was approached by NBC programming head Fred Silverman with a role intended to keep a valuable property alive--sort of. Mulgrew became a primetime star as the wife to whom Peter Falk's master detective, LAPD Lt. Columbo had always referred but whom audiences had never seen.

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Kate Mulgrew established herself as a remarkably commanding leading lady, mostly in TV, who brought authority to her portrayals of no-nonsense professional women. As Entertainment Weekly accurately observed: "With her clear Irish features and throaty, resonant voice, she bears an eerie resemblance to a young Katharine Hepburn." Mulgrew made her TV debut with a two-year stint (1975-77) as Mary Ryan, the strong-willed daughter on the ABC daytime soap "Ryan's Hope". At age 23, she was approached by NBC programming head Fred Silverman with a role intended to keep a valuable property alive--sort of. Mulgrew became a primetime star as the wife to whom Peter Falk's master detective, LAPD Lt. Columbo had always referred but whom audiences had never seen.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Perception (2005)
3.
 Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Admiral Kathryn Janeway
4.
 Riddler's Moon (1998) Victoria Riddler
5.
 Trekkies (1997)
7.
 Camp Nowhere (1994) Rachel Prescott
8.
 For Love and Glory (1993) Antonia Doyle
9.
 Round Numbers (1992) Judith Schweitzer
10.
 Daddy (1991) Sarah Watson
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Grew up in Dubuque, Iowa
1967:
Delivered a school recitation of Matthew Arnold's poem "Dover Beach" (date approximate)
1968:
Began working at 13-years-old (date approximate)
1971:
On her own by 16 (date approximate)
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Worked in diners to finance her education
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Trained at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis
1975:
TV-movie debut, "Alien Lover"
1975:
TV series debut, played Mary Ryan on the ABC daytime serial, "Ryan's Hope"
1975:
Played the role of Emily in a production of "Our Town" at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut
1978:
TV miniseries debut, "The Word"
1979:
Debut as a primetime series star, "Mrs. Columbo/Kate the Detective/Kate Loves A Mystery"
1981:
Feature acting debut, "A Stranger Is Watching"
1982:
Taught audition technique at the Cornish Institute in Seattle, Washington
1985:
Briefly reprised the role of Mary Ryan on "Ryan's Hope"
1986:
Portrayed Councilwoman Janet Eldridge, a love interest of Sam Malone, on a three-part storyline on "Cheers"
1987:
Most high-profile feature supporting role, played the shrewish wife of Billy Crystal in Danny De Vito's "Throw Momma From the Train"
1988:
Starred as gynecologist Dr. Joanne Springsteen (subsequently Halloran) on the ABC medical drama, "HeartBeat"
1991:
Played Mayor Lisbeth Chardin on the short-lived NBC political sitcom, "Man of the People", starring James Garner
1992:
Acclaimed for a guest shot as an alcoholic anchor on "Murphy Brown"
1994:
Broadway debut, "Black Comedy"
1994:
Replaced Genevieve Bujold as the star early in the production of the pilot for "Star Trek: Voyager", the flagship series for the fledgling UPN network
1995:
Starred as Captain Kathryn Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager"
1999:
Reportedly told a reporter that she wanted to leave "Voyager" at the end of the 1998-1999 season
2002:
Cast as actress Katharine Hepburn in the stage play "Tea at Five", produced at the Hartford Stage
2002:
Reprised role of Capt. Janeway in the feature "Star Trek: Nemesis"
2006:
Performed in "The Exonerated" at the Riverside Studios in London
2007:
Appeared in the NBC series "The Black Donnellys" as Helen Donnelly
2007:
Performed the lead role in the off Broadway production, "Our Leading Lady"
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -
University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa -
Stella Adler Conservatory: New York , New York -
Wallert High School: - 1973
New York University: New York , New York - 1976

Notes

Mulgrew won the Tracey Humanitarian Award for her performance as driven alcoholic news anchor Hillary Wheaton on a May 4, 1992 episode of "Murphy Brown" entitled "On the Rocks".

Mulgrew received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for Artistic Contribution from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

"As the oldest girl of eight children, Mulgrew says she has always had 'a deep understanding of regimentation--leadership without sacrificing the maternal, but always maintaining control. It's also been a curse for many years,' she notes, 'because there's an inherent strength there, which Hollywood has not been famous for adoring. I don't walk into a room and radiate vulnerability. It's a kind of natural and inherent command that my mother expected of me when I was 4.'" --From "Boldly Going..." by Jon Burlingame in New York Newsday, January 15, 1995.

"Nothing, she says, suits her better than hard labor. 'I love getting up at 3:30 in the morning and driving to the studio in absolute pitch darkness. I love being the first on the set and the last to leave. I love being a captain. I love being responsible for it all. I love protocol."

--Mulgrew quoted in "Wonder Woman" by Michael Logan in TV Guide Star Trek Special, Spring 1995.

"'A female captain has a lot of leeway that a male captain wouldn't have,' says Mulgrew, sitting in her trailer between scenes and methodically working her way through a pack of cigarettes. . . .' Women have an emotional accessibility that our culture not only accepts but embraces. We have a tactility, a compassion, a maternity--and all these things can be revealed within the character of a very authoritative person.'" --From "Star Trip" by Albert Kim in Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995.

"Kate is wonderful. We had a couple big scenes, and several scenes together. She should be a director. She's had quite a bit of experience with it, and she was admirable with her focus. I was brought up as an actor, to a higher level, I think, because of the pressure and the people around me . . . She was generous. I think she is a very, very generous woman, as an actress, it ain't easy. She has the ability to be very sensitive to where other people are. At the same time, she can pull things together real quick and be strong, and funny. It was a good experience. It's like working with Shakespeare. It can be touchy, not just for the words, but for the meaning. Simple is best. But we both had a lot of stuff going on." --John Savage to Anna Kaplan in Cinefantastique, April 1999, Volume 31, No 11.

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husband:
Robert Harry Egan. Stage director. Married in 1982; divorced in 1993.
husband:
Timothy Hagen. Politician. Born c. 1946; announced engagement in November 1998; married on April 19, 1999; has two daughters from previous marriage; in 2002, campaigned to be elected governor of Ohio.

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father:
Thomas James Mulgrew. Contractor.
mother:
Joan Virginia Mulgrew. Artist.
son:
Ian Thomas Egan. Born c. 1983.
son:
Alexander James Egan. Born c. 1984.
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