Name: Catherine Louise “Katey” Sagal
Born: January 19, 1954
Occupation: Actress and singer-songwriter
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was introducing herself to Sons of Anarchy. A little late to the program, I know, but she asked, “Is anyone else having trouble seeing Katey Sagal as “Gemma” instead of “Peg Bundy?” While I laughed at the time, I remembered having trouble with the concept for the first couple of shows, but it’s actually painfully clear – Katey Sagal has grown from the airhead role of Peg Bundy and has truly evolved into the stunning actress she is today.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Sagal was born into a show business family. Her brother and twin sisters are all actors as well. After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts, it was natural for Katey to stay in Hollywood and work on building a name for herself. She spent a few years in small roles for some made for TV movies before landing her first major role in the series Mary with Mary Tyler Moore. It was that role that led to her long-standing role as Peg Bundy in Married…with Children, which lasted from 1987 through 1997.
Katey landed several television roles after Married…with Children ended. she voiced Leela the space captain in Matt Groening’s Futurama, played Steven Hyde’s mother in a few episodes of That ’70s Show, and played the wife of John Ritter in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
After several other roles and appearances, Sagal landed her role as Gemma on Sons of Anarchy. That show was, by the way, created by Kurt Sutter – her husband. As a musician, she has also made contributions to the show’s ongoing soundtrack.
Katey Sagal is currently married to Kurt Sutter, this being her third marriage. There was a point in the early 90’s when the produces of Married…with Children wrote her first pregnancy into the plot of the show. Unfortunately, Katey had an emergency c-section at 7-months, resulting in the stillbirth of her baby girl. Later pregnancies were not written into the show, the producers instead opting to change the story-line to cover her absence with “travel.”
After marrying Sutter in 2004, the couple went on to have one daughter through a surrogate mother. Katey Sagal currently has a net worth of $30 million.
How much is $30 million?
Katey Sagal has had an incredibly full career. Maybe one day she’ll bring the cast of Married…with Children together for a hilarious reunion episode. If nothing else, she could someday do some incredible work for charities that support women and families who have lost children due to stillbirths and other medical maladies.