Kate Mulgrew

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Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009.jpg
at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera premiere
Born Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew
(1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 58)
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Robert H. Egan (1982–1993)
Tim Hagan (1999–present)
Website
www.totallykate.com

Katherine Kiernan Maria "Kate" Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is an American actress, most noted for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. She has performed in many television shows, theater productions and movies, earning a variety of awards for her acting, including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. As of April 2014, Mulgrew is starring as Galina "Red" Reznikov in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

Mulgrew is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and the voice of Cleveland's MetroHealth System.

Early life[edit]

Mulgrew was born in 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, into an Irish Catholic family,[1] to Thomas James "T.J." Mulgrew II, a contractor, and Joan Virginia Mulgrew (née Kiernan), an artist and painter. She attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque.[2]

Aged 17, she was accepted at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in conjunction with New York University in New York City. Mulgrew left NYU after one year.[3] During this time, to earn money while in New York, Mulgrew was employed as a waitress at Friar Tuck, a now defunct restaurant previously at 914 Third Avenue.[4]

Career[edit]

Her early career included portraying Mary Ryan for two years on the ABC soap Ryan's Hope (1975). She became a fan favorite and is still associated with the show long after its cancellation. Mulgrew remains friends with former co-star Ilene Kristen and presented a special Soap Opera Digest Award to Ryan's Hope creator Claire Labine in 1995. While in Ryan's Hope she also played the role of "Emily" in the American Shakespeare Theatre production of Our Town in Stratford, Connecticut. In 1979, she played Kate Columbo in Mrs. Columbo, a spin-off of the popular detective series, created specifically for her, which lasted 13 episodes.

In 1985 she appeared in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins in the role of Major Fleming.

In 1986, she appeared on Cheers as Janet Eldridge. In 1992, Kate appeared on Murphy Brown as Hillary Wheaton, a Toronto-based anchorwoman brought in to replace Murphy Brown during her pregnancy, but who turned out to have the same problem with alcoholism as Brown had previously dealt with at the beginning of the series.

In 1993, Mulgrew separated from her husband, Robert H. Egan, to whom she had been married for 12 years. In 1995, the divorce became final, and she was on the verge of selling her house and moving into a less-expensive apartment in Westwood when she received a call to take the part of Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager. Mulgrew made history in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain as a series regular in a leading role. Voyager was the first show broadcast on the new UPN channel, the only series renewed after the channel's first programming season, and its only show to run for seven seasons, making it the UPN's longest running. Mulgrew won the Saturn Award for "Best TV Actress" in 1998 for her performances as Janeway. Mulgrew also voiced the character of Janeway in the PS2 and PC game Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force 2. In recent years, Mulgrew kept active in doing voice-over work for video games, most notably voicing the mysterious Flemeth in the Dragon Age video game series, a role she described as "delicious".[5]

During Voyager she also played the role of Titania in the animated series, Gargoyles (along with other Star Trek alumni, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes) and Victoria Riddler in Riddler's Moon, a made for TV movie. Mulgrew provided the voice of Janeway for Star Trek: Captain's Chair, a virtual-reality tour of various Starfleet vessels, for home computers.

Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)[edit]

Mulgrew auditioned for the role of the captain, named Kathryn Janeway, when producers announced casting for Star Trek: Voyager. She initially submitted a videotaped audition, which she made in New York City in August 1994. However she was unhappy with this audition and auditioned in person a few weeks later. That day, film actress Geneviève Bujold was selected to play Janeway, but left the role after only two days of filming, due to the demanding production schedule required for a television show.[6]

About her years on Voyager, Mulgrew said:

I'm proud of it. It was difficult; it was hard work. I'm proud of the work because I think I made some little difference in women in science. I grew to really love Star Trek: Voyager, and out of a cast of nine, I've made three great friends, I managed to raise two children. I think, "It's good. I used myself well."

Speaking about the best and worst part about playing a Star Trek captain, she said:

The best thing was simply the privilege and the challenge of being able to take a shot at the first female captain, transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with. I was able to do that in front of millions of viewers. That was a remarkable experience—and it continues to resonate. The downside of that is also that it continues to resonate, and threatens to eclipse all else in one's long career if one does not up the ante and stay at it, in a way that may not ordinarily be necessary. I have to work at changing and constantly reinventing myself in a way that probably would not have happened had Star Trek not come along. I knew that going in, and I think that all of the perks attached to this journey have been really inexpressively great. So the negatives are small.[7]

2001–present[edit]

Mulgrew (l.) with early photograph in Prague

After Voyager came to the end of the full seven seasons, Mulgrew returned to theater and starred in a one-woman play called Tea at Five, a monologue reminiscence based on Katharine Hepburn's memoir Me: Stories of My Life. Tea at Five was a critical success and Mulgrew received two awards, one from Carbonell (best actress) and the other from Broadway.com (Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance). In 2006, Mulgrew performed in The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios located in London, England. In the spring of 2007, she appeared in the NBC television series The Black Donnellys as Helen Donnelly which lasted for one season. She also performed the lead role in an off-Broadway production called Our Leading Lady written by Charles Busch in which she earned a nomination from the Drama League for her performance.[8]

In 2007, Mulgrew played Clytemnestra in New York for Charles L. Mee's Iphigenia 2.0. She won the Obie Award for outstanding performance. In June 2008, Mulgrew appeared in Equus on Broadway, playing Hesther Saloman, a public official who is empathetic toward the play's central character. The play opened on September 5, 2008 for a strictly limited 22-week engagement through February 8, 2009.[9]

Also in 2008, Mulgrew filmed the 30-minute courtroom drama The Response which is based on actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay tribunals. It was researched and fully vetted in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Law and was shot in three days. Mulgrew portrays Colonel Sims and she, the other cast members and crew agreed to defer their salaries to cover the production costs. The film has been screened at a number of sites and is available on DVD.[10]

In 2009, Mulgrew returned to television in the NBC medical series, Mercy playing the recurring role of Jeannie Flanagan (the mother of the show's lead, Veronica).[11] Due for release in 2010 is the film The Best and the Brightest, a comedy based in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens. Mulgrew will play The Player's wife. Also in development is the film The Incredible Story of Joyce McKinney and the Manacled Mormon.

In 2010, Kate Mulgrew starred as Cleopatra in William Shakepeare's Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage. As of July 2011, she has appeared in the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV::. Also in 2011, Mulgrew appeared in the feature length documentary The Captains. The film, written and directed by William Shatner, follows Shatner as he interviews each of the other actors who played a Starfleet captain within the Star Trek franchise.[12] During that same year, she guest starred on the third season of the series Warehouse 13. Her character, Jane Lattimer, is part of a story arc which has continued into the fourth season.

Mulgrew has appeared as a main cast member on Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV:: since 2011 as Kove, the leader of the titular terrorism-fighting unit and ex-wife of series lead Paul Scheer's character.

In 2013 Mulgrew starred as Galina 'Red' Reznikov in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

In 2014 Mulgrew narrated documentary film The Principle which aims to promote the discredited idea of the geocentric model. Mulgrew said that she was misinformed as to the purpose of the documentary, going on to say "I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism... I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary."[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Mulgrew married Robert H. Egan in 1982. They have two sons. The couple divorced in 1993.[15][16]

In April 1999, Mulgrew married politician Tim Hagan, a former Ohio gubernatorial candidate and a former commissioner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.[17]

Mulgrew is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association. Mulgrew's mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.[18]

Mulgrew is an opponent of abortion and capital punishment. She received an award from Feminists for Life, a pro-life feminist group. She is quoted as saying "Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary", "Life is sacred to me on all levels" and "Abortion does not compute with my philosophy."[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 American Woman: Portraits of Courage, TheThe American Woman: Portraits of Courage Deborah Sampson Television movie
1978 Word, TheThe Word Tony Nicholson Television movie
1979 Jennifer: A Woman's Story Joan Russell Television movie
1980 Time for Miracles, AA Time for Miracles Mother Elizabeth Bayley Seton Television movie
1981 Lovespell Isolt
1982 Stranger Is Watching, AA Stranger Is Watching Sharon Martin
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Maj. Rayner Fleming
1986 Carly Mills Carly Mills Television movie
1986 My Town Laura Adams Television movie
1987 Roses Are for the Rich Kendall Murphy Television movie
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Margaret
1988 Roots: The Gift Hattie Carraway Television movie
1991 Daddy Sarah Watson Television movie
1991 Fatal Friendship Sue Bradley Television movie
1992 Round Numbers Judith Schweitzer
1993 For Love and Glory Antonia Doyle Television movie
1994 Camp Nowhere Rachel Prescott
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Mrs. Pescoe
2001 Judgment Extra
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2004 Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4D Kathryn Janeway
2005 Perception Mary
2008 Response, TheThe Response Colonel Simms Short film
2010 Best and the Brightest, TheThe Best and the Brightest The Player's Wife
2012 Flatland 2: Sphereland Over-Sphere
2013 Drawing Home Edith Morse Robb Post-production
2014 The Principle Narrator

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Wide World of Mystery, TheThe Wide World of Mystery Susan Episode: "Alien Lover"
1975-1989 Ryan's Hope Mary Ryan Fenelli 408 episodes
1978 Dallas Garnet McGee Episode: "Triangle"
1979-1980 Mrs. Columbo Kate Columbo 13 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
1981 Manions of America, TheThe Manions of America Rachel Clement 3 episodes
1984 Jessie Maureen McLaughlin Episode: "McLaughlin's Flame"
1986 St. Elsewhere Helen O'Casey 2 episodes
1986 Cheers Janet Eldridge 3 episodes
1987 Hotel Leslie Chase Episode: "Reservations"
1987 Murder, She Wrote Sonny Greer Episode: "The Corpse Flew First Class"
1988-1989 Heartbeat Dr. Joanne Springsteen 18 episodes
1991-1992 Man of the People Mayor Lisbeth Chardin 10 episodes
1992 Murphy Brown Hillary Wheaton Episode: "On the Rocks"
1992 Murder, She Wrote Joanna Rollins Episode: "Ever After"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Red Claw (voice) 3 episodes
1992 Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark Water Cressa (voice) 4 episodes
1994 Murder, She Wrote Maude Gillis Episode: "The Dying Game"
1994 Mighty Max Isis (voice) Episode: "The Mommy's Hand"
1994 Aladdin Queen Hippsodeth (voice) Episode: "A Sultan Worth His Salt"
1995 Aladdin Queen Hippsodeth (voice) Episode: "From Hippsodeth, with Love"
1995 Batman: The Animated Series Red Claw (voice) Episode: "The Lion and the Unicorn"
1995-2001 Star Trek: Voyager Kathryn Janeway 170 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (1999-2001)
1996 Gargoyles Titania / Anastasia Renard (voice) 3 episodes
1996 Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Titania (voice) Episode: "For It May Come True"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donna Geysen Episode: "Web"
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Helen Donnelly 9 episodes
2009-2010 Mercy Mrs. Jeannie Flanagan 10 episodes
2011-2013 Warehouse 13 Jane Lattimer 6 episodes
2011-present NTSF:SD:SUV:: Kove 33 episodes
2013-present Orange Is the New Black Galina "Red" Reznikov 13 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Our Town Emily American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut
1976 Absurd Person Singular Eva Jackson
1977 Uncommon Women and Others Kate Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
1978 Othello Desdemona Hartman Theater Company
1980 Chapter Two Jennie Malone Coachlight Dinner Theater
1981-1982 Another Part of the Forest Regina Seattle Repertory Theatre
1982 Major Barbara Major Barbara Seattle Repertory Theatre
1982 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Margaret Syracuse Stage, New York
1983 Ballad of Soapy Smith, TheThe Ballad of Soapy Smith Kitty Strong Seattle Repertory Theatre
1984 Philadelphia Story, TheThe Philadelphia Story Tracy Alaska Repertory Theatre
1984 Misanthrope, TheThe Misanthrope Celimene Seattle Repertory Theatre
1985 Measure for Measure Isabella Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
1986 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
1986 Real Thing, TheThe Real Thing Charlotte Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
1987 Film Society, TheThe Film Society Nan Sinclair The Los Angeles Theater Center
1989 Titus Andronicus Tamora New York Shakespeare Festival
1990 Aristocrats Alice Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
1992 What the Butler Saw Mrs. Prentice La Jolla Playhouse
1993 Black Comedy Clea Roundabout Theatre Company, New York
2002 Dear Liar Mrs. Patrick Campbell Youngstown State University
2003 Tea at Five Katharine Hepburn
2004 Tea at Five Katharine Hepburn
2004 Mary Stuart Mary Stuart Classic Stage Company, New York
2005 Tea at Five Katharine Hepburn
2006 Exonerated, TheThe Exonerated Sunny Jacobs Riverside Studios, London, England
2007 Our Leading Lady Laura Keene Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center
2007 Iphigenia Clytemnestra Signature Theatre Company
2008 Farfetched Fables and The Fascinating Foundling Anastasia Project Shaw Reading - The Players Club - New York
2008 American Dream and The Sandbox, TheThe American Dream and The Sandbox Mommy Cherry Lane Theatre, New York
2008-2009 Equus Hesther Saloman Broadhurst Theatre, New York

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Star Trek: Captain's Chair Capt. Kathryn Janeway
2000 Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force Capt. Kathryn Janeway
2002 Run Like Hell Dr. Mek
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lady Kreya
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Capt. Kathryn Janeway
2006 Star Trek: Legacy Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Flemeth
2010 Alan Wake The Dark Presence
2011 Dragon Age II Flemeth

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1980 Golden Globe Best TV Actress - Drama Mrs. Columbo Nominated
1992 Tracey Humanitarian Award Murphy Brown ("On the Rocks") Won
1998 Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Star Trek: Voyager Won
1998 Saturn Award Best Genre TV Actress Star Trek: Voyager Won
1999 Saturn Award Best Genre TV Actress Star Trek: Voyager Nominated
2000 Saturn Award Best Genre TV Actress Star Trek: Voyager Nominated
2001 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Star Trek: Voyager Nominated
2003 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance Tea at Five Nominated
2003 Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Solo Performance Tea at Five Nominated
2003 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actress Tea at Five Nominated
2004 Carbonell Awards Best Actress (Touring, Independent Production - Cuillo Centre) Tea at Five Won
2007 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Our Leading Lady Nominated
2008 Obie Award Outstanding Performance Iphigenia 2.0 Won
2014 Satellite Awards Best Cast - Television Series Orange Is the New Black Won

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "See the Film". Look at the Moon Productions. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
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  12. ^ Pascale, Anthony (July 18, 2011). "Exclusive Clips from William Shatner's 'The Captains'". Trekmovie.com. 
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  19. ^ "Entertainment: Kate Mulgrew, Actor" (PDF). The American Feminist 7 (4). Winter 2000–2001. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 

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