KATE MULGREW Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew                                                             
Born: 29 April 1955 Dubuque, Iowa, United States                                           
Katherine Kiernan "Kate" Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated         
American actress, most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope and                 
Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager.                                             
Mulgrew has performed in over 30 television shows, 23 plays, nine movies, six               
audio books, and one television documentary.                                               
Mulgrew was born in Dubuque, Iowa to Thomas James "T.J." Mulgrew II, a                     
businessman, and Joan Kiernan Mulgrew, an artist. Born into an Irish Catholic               
family, she is the second oldest of eight siblings whom she helped raise. At               
the age of 12, Mulgrew knew she wanted to be an actor when she read a poem in               
school that made the nuns cry. She worked as a waitress, sometimes under the               
table, to earn money with which to pursue her dream. Mulgrew sent herself to               
several different acting schools/apprenticeships including Northwestern                     
University at 13, University of Minnesota at 14, and Guthrie at 15. When Mulgrew           
was 16 she attempted to earn entrance into the London Academy of Music and                 
Dramatic Art but was not accepted, possibly because she was too young.                     
According to the 1973 Wahlert High School Yearbook, Mulgrew completed her high             
school studies in the summer of 1972.                                                       
At the age of 17, Mulgrew was accepted into the Stella Adler Conservatory of               
Acting in conjunction with New York University in New York City. Mulgrew left               
NYU after her junior year, receiving her Associate of Arts degree in 1976.                 
Mulgrew's first television role was of older daughter Mary Ryan on the soap                 
opera Ryan's Hope from 1975 to 1977. 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.                                         
Mulgrew left Ryan's Hope to take on the role of Kate Columbo in the short-lived             
1970s series Mrs. Columbo (also known as Kate Loves a Mystery among other titles).         
Initially, Kate Columbo was the wife of Lt. Columbo, presumed to be the famed L.A.P.D.     
detective Philip Columbo of the series Columbo, starring Peter Falk; however,               
revisions of the series during filming led to the storyline that there was                 
another Lt. Columbo, and eventually Kate Columbo and he divorced, leading the               
character to assume the surname Callahan.                                                   
Among Mulgrew's television guest roles were Garnet McGee, a country singer, on             
Dallas; Hillary Wheaton, a Canadian anchorwoman wrestling with alcoholism, on               
Murphy Brown; and legal counselor Janet Eldridge, a romantic interest of Sam               
Malone, in the three-part fourth season finale of Cheers entitled "Strange                 
In 1993, Mulgrew received an Honorary Doctorate from Seton Hall University for             
artistic contributions.                                                                     
Mulgrew is perhaps best known for her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway on the               
science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager which ran from 1995 to 2001.           
She was a last minute replacement for Canadian actress Geneviève Bujold who was           
cast as Captain Nicole Janeway but then dropped out after filming just a few               
scenes of the series' first episode, stating that a TV series work schedule was             
too demanding. The character's name was changed to Kathryn and history was made             
in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain, as a series           
regular, in a leading role.                                                                 
Something of a Katharine Hepburn look-alike, Mulgrew starred in a one-woman play           
called Tea at Five, a monologue reminiscence based on Hepburn's memoir Me:                 
Stories of My Life. Tea at Five is also available as an audio recording.                   
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. She also performed the lead role             
in an off Broadway production called Our Leading Lady written by Charles Busch.             
In the fall of 2007, Mulgrew went on to grace the New York theatre stage, yet               
again, as Clytemnestra for Charles L. Mee's Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theatre               
Kate Mulgrew won the Saturn Award for "Best TV Actress" in 1998 and the Golden             
Satellite Award for "Best Actress in a TV series drama" in 1998. She was                   
nominated for the Golden Globe Award for "Best Dramatic Actress" in 1979.                   
Mulgrew has also contributed her voice to various video games including                     
reprising her role as Janeway in the video game Star Trek Legacy. Further, she             
has voiced several audio books: Mosaics (Star Trek: Voyager) by Jeri Taylor,               
Miami, It's Murder by Edna Buchanan, and Everything to Gain by Barbara Taylor               
Bradford. Also, Mulgrew added her voice for projects with the Trappist monks of             
New Melleray Abbey as well as the MetroHealth System of Cleveland, Ohio.                   
Additionally, she contributed to a new book, Voices of Alzheimer's.