Kathie Sullivan

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Kathie Sullivan
Born (1953-05-31) May 31, 1953 (age 63)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Genres Gospel, standards
Instruments voice and cello
Years active 1976 (1976) - present

Kathie Sullivan (born May 31, 1953) is an American-born singer who appeared on television's The Lawrence Welk Show from 1976 to 1982.


Early years[edit]

Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin,[1] Sullivan began singing in church and later at George Nelson Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin where she sang in the choir and also played cello in the orchestra.

Musical career[edit]

She was discovered by Lawrence Welk while attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison,[1] where she was the local Miss Champagne Lady in a show that went on the road. She was hired in 1976 after completing her studies. She sang numerous solos, and often was paired with Dick Dale in various numbers.

As a Christian music artist, she released several Gospel music albums and has performed for charitable originations as World Vision. Kathie also performed in a one-woman show as Jane Long around her home in Dallas, Texas.

Today, she continues to perform, mostly at retirement communities for seniors and has hosted wraparounds for Welk repeats aired on PBS.

Personal life[edit]

Once believed to be romantically involved with Andy Kaufman, with whom she appeared on a 1981 episode of Fridays[2] (the incident was a hoax),[3] she married in 1986 to high school boyfriend Hugh Tollack and is the mother of two daughters.


  1. ^ a b "Kathie Sullivan to Join Welk 'Family'". Neenah Menasha Northwestern. October 6, 1976. p. 4. Retrieved February 18, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Comedian to wed". Wilmington Morning Star. 18 September 1981. p. 2A. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Burton, Alex (25 February 2000). "Kaufman Was My Hoax Fiance; The Taxi star pulled some of the funniest stunts on US TV, but his fake engagement fooled the world". Daily Record. Retrieved 22 July 2010.