Cathy Guisewite in 1987, holding her Emmy Award
|Born||Cathy Lee Guisewite
September 5, 1950
Dayton, Ohio, USA
|Awards||1987 Emmy Award
1993 Reuben Award
Cathy Lee Guisewite (born September 5, 1950) is an American cartoonist who created the comic strip Cathy, which had a 34-year run. The strip focused on a career woman facing the issues and challenges of eating, work, relationships and having a mother—or as the character put it in one strip, "the four basic guilt groups."
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Guisewite grew up in Midland, Michigan and graduated from Midland High School in 1968. She started writing comic strips at the urging of her mother and was first published in 1976 by Universal Press Syndicate, now Universal Uclick. Guisewite has stated that she didn't set out to work in cartooning, saying, "My entire goal with my submission package was to get my mother off my back. My goal was not to do a comic strip. It was to make mom quit telling me I could do a comic strip." She attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 1972, Guisewite earned a Bachelor's degree in English. She also holds seven honorary degrees. She adopted a daughter, Ivy, in 1991.
In 1987, she received an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special Cathy, which aired on CBS. Guisewite was a frequent guest in the latter years of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
One of Guisewite's classmates at University of Michigan was Lawrence Kasdan. When Kasdan's movie The Big Chill (1983) opened, Guisewite devoted an entire week of Cathy strips to it, with Cathy and her co-workers enthusing over the film and seeing it repeatedly.
- "'Cathy' comic strip ending after 34 years" from AP
- Hogan's Alley, The Goodbye Girl, 2011
- Huget, Jennifer LaRue (September 30, 2010). "Cathy Guisewite, creator of 'Cathy' comic, on weight". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- Cathy Guisewite at the Internet Movie Database
- Profile at NNDB
- Cathy Guisewite Video produced by Makers: Women Who Make America