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Catherine "Katey" Louise Sagal, born January 19, 1954,[1] is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her role as Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children, her voice-over role as Leela on Futurama, as Cate Hennessy on 8 Simple Rules, as Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy, and she guest starred on Glee as Nancy Abrams in 2013.

Personal life

Sagal, born in California, was one out of five children born to Sara Zwilling and Boris Sagal. Sadly before Sagal was 25 she lost both her parents, Sara died from heart disease and Boris died when he walked into the moving blade of a helicopter by accident on the set of "World War III."[2] Her siblings include twins, Jean and Liz Sagal, and brother, Joe Sagal, all of whom are acting business.

She was married to Freddie Beckmeyer for three years before a divorce in 1981.[3] Sagal was married to Jack White and they had two children, Sarah Grace (b. 1994) and Jackson James (b. 1996), before they divorced in 2000. Sagal had a pregnancy with White that was written into the Married... with Children plot line. Sadly her daughter, Ruby, was born stillborn in 1991. The pregnancy was then regarded as a "dream" on the show.[3][4] She married Kurt Sutter in October 2004, and they had a daughter, Esmé Louise (b. January 2007), through a surrogate mother.[3][4][5]


Sagal starred as Peggy Bundy, the lower-class, sex-starved wife of shoe salesman Al Bundy, on Married... with Children for eleven years and had been nominated for six awards while on the show and won one award (TV Land Awards - Innovation award (shared; 2009)). She starred as Cate Hennessy on 8 Simple Rules as Paul Hennessy's, John Ritter's character, wife. The show went on for another season after Ritter's death and was canceled after the third season finished it's run, it was on for three years and Sagal won one award for her portrayal (Prism Award; 2005). Sagal had voiced Leela on the animated science fiction series, Futurama, for fourteen years before it ended (again) on September 4, 2013.[6] Sagal has stared as Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy since 2008 and has had seven nominations and one win (Golden Globe Award; 2011).

Sagal was announced to voice Leela in the The Simpsons and Futurama crossover, titled "Simpsorama", in July 2013. It is slated to air in either May 2014 or in the Fall of 2014 on FOX.[7]

Sagal was announced, in May 2014, to have joined Pitch Perfect 2. She will portray Hailee Steinfeld's character's mother.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Failing of Raymond Girl patient credited as Catherine Louise Sagal and TV movie
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Young nurse credited as Katie Sagal
1973 Columbo Secretary ("Candidate for Crime")
1974 Larry Cashier TV movie
1975 The Dream Makers Unemployment manager TV movie
1985 Mary Jo Tucker series regular (13 episodes; 1985 - 1986)
1987 Maid to Order Louise
Married... with Children Peggy Bundy series regular (250 episodes; 1987 - 1997)
1988 The Good Mother Ursula
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Mary Quite Contrary TV movie
Tales from the Crypt Ms. Kilbasser ("For Cryin' Out Loud")
1991 She Says She's Innocent Susan Essex TV movie
1995 Trail of Tears Annie Cook TV movie
Nachtshow ("February 10th, 1995")
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Duckman's mother ("The Germ Turns" and animated series)
1996 Space Cases Ma ("Mother Knows Best" and voice only)
1997 Recess Flo Spinelli ("Parents' Night"' "Weekend at Muriel's," "Dance Lessons" and animated series; 1997 - 2001)
1998 Chance of a Lifetime Irene Dunbar TV movie
Mr. Headmistress Harriet Magnum TV movie
1999 No Higher Love Ellen Young
Smart House Pat TV movie
That '70s Show Edna Hyde ("Career Day," "Prom Night" and "Punk Chick")
Futurama Turanga Leela series regular; 1999 - 2013
2000 Dropping Out Wendy
Tucker Claire Wennick series regular (13 episodes)
2001 The Geena Davis Show Ashley ("Girls' Night Out")
Recess: School's Out Mrs. Flo Spinelli voice only and animated film
2002 Following Tildy Connie St. John
Imagine That Barb Thompson series regular (2 episodes)
8 Simple Rules Cate S. Hennessy series regular; 2002 - 2005; (76 Episodes)
2004 When Angels Come to Town Jo TV movie
Higglytown Heroes Monica the Police Officer ("First Snow/Snow Dazed"' "Smells Like a Myster/Ship Ahoy!" and "Wayne's Day Out"; 2004 - 2006)
2005 Campus Confidential Naomi Jacobs TV movie
Three Wise Guys Shirley Crown
Ghost Whisperer Francie Lewis ("Undead Comic")
The Shield Nancy Gilroy ("Grave" and "Exiled"; 2005/2007)
Lost Helen Norwood ("Orientation," "Lockdown," "The Substitute," and "The Candidate"; 2005 - 2010)
2006 I'm Reed Fish Maureen
Boston Legal Barbara Little ("New Kids on the Block," "Desperately Seeking Shirley," "Fine Young Cannibal," "Whose God Is It Anyway?" and "The Verdict")
The Search for the Funniest Mom in America Host reality series
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Turanga Leela voice only, direct-to-video, and animated film
The Winner Lydia Berko ("Hot for Teacher")
2008 Eli Stone Marci Klein ("Patience" and "Waiting For That day")
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Annabelle Bundt/Natasha Steele ("Two and a Half Deaths")
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Turanga Leela voice only, direct-to-video and animated film
Futurama: Bender's Game Turanga Leela/Leegola voice only, direct-to-video and animated film
Sons of Anarchy Gemma Teller Morrow series regular; 2008 + (53 Episodes)
2009 House Broken Mom
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Turanga Leela voice only, direct-to-video and animated film
2010 Chadam Sandy voice only and animated web series
Jack and the Beanstalk Jack's mum
Harps & Angels
2012 Comedy Central Roast Herself Roast of Roseanne
2013 Glee Nancy Abrams ("Wonder-ful")
Super Duper Rocket Chrystal Findlee voice only and animated series
2014 The Simpsons Turanga Leela voice ("Simpsorama")
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Mother




  1. Katey Sagal Biography page 1
  2. Out From Under All That Big Hair October 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Married Actress Katey Sagal Weds Writer October 2004.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Married with Children's Katey Sagal welcomes a daughter Januray 2007.
  5. Introducing Esmé Louise Sutter, Katey Sagal's new baby joy Februray 2007.
  6. 'Futurama' Cancelled: Comedy Central Series Ending With Season 7
  7. 'The Simpsons' to join forces with 'Futurama' for crossover episode
  8. Katey Sagal Joins 'Pitch Perfect 2'
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