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Kate Mulgrew BiographyKatherine Kiernan Mulgrew was born on April 29, 1955. Born and raised in Dubuque Iowa, she was the second oldest (eldest girl) of 8 children. At age 17, she left for New York City to study acting. Kate enrolled at New York University and was accepted in to Stella Adler's Conservatory. However, at the end of her junior year, she left the university to commit herself full-time to acting.

Kate immediately was cast in the ABC daytime drama, Ryan's Hope in the role of Mary Ryan (a role she played for about two years [1975-1977]). At the same time, she earned the role of Emily in a production of Our Town at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT.

When she was 23, Kate was approached by then head of NBC programming, Fred Silverman, who offered her a starring role in a series he'd created with her in mind-Kate Columbo. In this series, Kate played the wife of one of TV's most beloved detective, Lieutenant Columbo. This series was a critical success but nonetheless, was cancelled. It can be seen in syndication under the title Kate Loves a Mystery.

In the following years, Kate's career led her to star in several feature films, including LoveSpell: Isolt of Ireland with Richard Burton (1979) and Throw Momma from the Train with Danny DeVito & Billy Crystal. She also starred in the ABC mini-series Manions of America with Pierce Brosnan.

In 1988, Kate returned to television to star in the ABC drama, Heartbeat. Kate portrayed Dr. Joanne Springstein/Halloran, head of a co-op medical group center for women. This series aired for two seasons and won a People's Choice Award for Best Drama.

In addition to television and feature films, Kate's career also consists of numerous theatrical productions including her Broadway debut in Black Comedy, a play written by Peter Schaeffer and, Hedda Gabler and Measure for Measure at Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum.

In November 1998, Kate became engaged to then Ohio commissioner, Tim Hagan and in April of 1999, they were married. In recent years, Kate has been a frequent guest on talk shows such as The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, LIVE with Regis & Kathie Lee and the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.

Kate Mulgrew starred for seven seasons as Captain Kathryn Janeway in the series, Star Trek: Voyager as the muchly touted "first female commander" to head up a Star Trek series. For her work on this series, Kate received the 1998 Gold Satellite Award for Best Performance by an actress in a Television Series and was honored with multiple nominations at the Saturn Awards and won in 1998 for Best Genre TV Actress. Star Trek: Voyager can now be seen in syndication. After the series ended taping, Kate spent many months following the series ended making appearances at many Star Trek conventions and thanking the fans for their continued support.

In 2002, she made a cameo in the Star Trek movie, Nemesis as Admiral Kathryn Janeway. Also in 2002, Kate returned to the stage to characterize the legendary Katharine Hepburn in the production, Tea at Five. It premiered in Hartford, Connecticut and also played in Cleveland, Ohio and Boston, Massachusetts before landing in New York in 2003 for an off-Broadway run at the Promenade Theatre. After it's run in New York, Kate took the play on tour to various cities in the US, including Boston and Seattle.

Her performances in Tea at Five have earned nominations for a 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and a 2003 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actress. Additionally, she was awarded the 2003: Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance. Amidst various performances of Tea at Five, Kate pursued other projects, including a staged reading of Mary Stuart and a Los Angeles production of The Royal Family.

Currently, Kate Mulgrew is a spokesperson and a member of National Advisory Council for the Alzheimer's Association. [DONATE NOW]

[ For a more detailed listing regarding Kate's work,
please see the
Kate Mulgrew Filmography ]

Updated: April 19, 2005