Kate grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, born into an Irish Catholic family of 6 (she's the eldest girl). When 12 yrs. old Kate expressed an interest in acting, her mother supported her from the beginning by bringing home biographies of great actresses home for her to read, and…more
Kate lost two of her sisters at a young age. One died in infancy while other diead at age 12 due to a brain tumor.
Kate's character on Mrs Columbo wasn't given a first name by the writers, so they started to use Kate's name till another one could be chosen. However, no other name was chosen and they stuck with Kate.
For her role in Dallas, Kate did all her own singing.
Kate won a Golden Globe award for her work on the 1979 season of Mrs. Columbo.
In 1997, Kate won a Golden Satellite Award for the best actress in a TV series drama for her work on Star Trek: Voyager.
Kate won aCarbonell Award for Best Actressfor her work in Tea at Five.
In 2008, Kate won an Obie Award (also called the Off-Broadway Theater Awards) for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in the play Iphigenia 2.0.
In november 2003, she was playing Katharine Hepburn, in the stage production "Tea at Five" at the Cuillo Theatre in Florida.
The role of Captain Janeway was originally won by Genevieve Bujold but since she only lasted a day, she had the role.
(2006) She appeared seven times on the cover of Tv Guide as Capt. Kathyrn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager
Her mother, Joan Mulgrew, suffered from Alzheimer's.
She went to New York University and earned a A.A. Degree in 1976.
She went to Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa.
She has two sons, Ian Thomas (born in 1983) and Alexander James (born in 1984). She also has two step-daughters Marie Hagan (born in 1989) & Eleanor Hagan (born in 1987)
She appeared on the audio book Star Trek: Voyager - Mosaic (1996).
She played Clea in the stage production of "Black Comedy" at the Roundabout Theatre Co. on Broadway in 1993.
She played Celimene in the stage production of "The Misanthrope" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1984.
She played Blanche in the stage production of "The Widower's House" in 1974 at the Cyrano Repertory in New York.
In 2003, she did the voice over for the Ford Freestar commerical.
She played Barbara in the stage production of "Major Barbara" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1982.
She played Alice in the stage production of "Aristocrats" at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles in 1990.
She narrated for the film "America's Big Cat Crisis", on the National Geographic Explorer series.
She narrated the audio book "Miami, it's Murder" by Edna Buchanan for Harper Audio.
She was featured on the cover of the August 2003 issue of Catholic Digest.
She narrated the book "Everything to Gain" by Barbara Taylor Bradford for Harper Audio.
She was a friend of the late John F. Kennedy Jr. and attended his funeral with her husband Timothy Hagan.
Her Husband Tim Hagan ran as the Democratic Candidate for Governor of Ohio in 2002, but lost the 5 November 2002 election. They are married since April 19 1999.
When cast for the role of Capt. Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, she asked that the character's first name be changed from Nicole to Kathryn. The producers agreed.
Her character on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Captain Kathryn Janeway, is regarded by fans as having Bipolar disorder because of her erratic actions. She blames the writers.
Her character Captain Kathryn Janeway was based on a feminist writer Elizabeth Janeway.
Her husband, Tim Hagan proposed to her on the set of Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Kate owns/owned a chocolate lab named Gracie.
Kate has a home in Brentwood, California.
She has five siblings: Tom, Joe, Jenny, Laura, and Sam.
She is an advocate for the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
She received Broadway.com's "Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance" in "Tea at Five" (2003).
She received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for "Outstanding Solo Performance" in "Tea at Five" (2003).
She received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for Artistic Contribution from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
She won the award for "Best Actress" at the 29th annual Carbonell Awards for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in "Tea at Five".
Kate is approximately 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall.
Kate: I come from a very large family. There were eight of us, and Mom and Dad. It was a very extraordinary life because it was not by any means normal, and very seldom healthy, if you can understand that. It was extremely Irish Catholic- raucous, loud, vital, devious. Irish Catholics are very devious, you'd better believe that right now. I'm giving you a clue into our true nature. Because of the religion which is overwhelming in our lives, and though I've abandoned that aspect, it still is, what shall I say. . . it's haunting. I was raised in a very spiritual manner. I was taught to believe in the soul and the heart; and the mind and the body were very secondary, if not unimportant.
Kate: (at age 23 and talking about family) I am ambitious. I'm the oldest daughter and my mother says the children all have a new game now. They sit around the table every Sunday morning discussing what they're going to do with my money. They come to my apartment in New York...every time I turn around someone is there.
Kate: (in the late 1970's at age 23) The kind of girl who gets overwhelmed by this sort of thing is somebody who wants instant stardom. I want to be a good actress. If I do it through Mrs. Columbo, great. If I do it through making a few dollars a week on the stage, great. I was very clear-headed when I got this offer. I was thrilled, but never for one moment did I shriek for joy about it.
Kate: (describing her character Mrs Columbo) I had my own clear ideas about Kate Columbo and the first script was rewritten for me. It was originally designed for a much older, much uglier woman. Not much fatter though.
Kate: (on her Star Trek character Capt. Janeway) I'd like to see much more physical bravery. She's an active verb, Janeway. She's not sedentary in any way. Her control notwithstanding on the bridge, which is imperative to the success of the ship, her instinct is to go with the away team, to be the first to confront the alien species, to be the first in the melee."
Kate: (on Star Trek Voyager) I think we have a uniformly gifted company of actors, but we have yet to find our theme. I would say the exploration of science will be the winning ticket here. There should be a level of unpredictability and mystery and suspense. We need to take it one step further and make space so delicious, so provocative, so interesting to people who don't even regard themselves as interested in space, to make it a bit like we all felt when the first astronauts walked on the moon.
Kate Mulgrew: (in Star Trek Voyager: Season One DVD Special Feature "Voyager Time Capsule: Captain Janeway") People often say to me, "Oh, well, now you're typecast. You're know, it's done -- you're Captain Janeway" and I say, "really? If that were the reality, it wouldn't be so shameful, would it?" She was a great character. I was, uh, very, very honored, very blessed to play her. And, uh, I'd do it again. I loved that chapter. I loved it.
Kate Mulgrew: (on the process she uses when she plays a fictional character as opposed to a 'true life' character) You're dealing with evidence. Forensics. I had so much to work with on Tea at Five. And I had 32 books and about 40 movies. And television interviews. One approaches it with a greater – much greater sense of responsibility. We are talking about someone who has lived. It must be honored in every respect.
Kate Mulgrew: (Thanking her fans) Thanks again for your ongoing support, your goodness and your unflagging allegiance. It never ceases to surprise, to delight, and to humble me.
Kate Mulgrew: (giving her opinion on death penalty) Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary.
Kate Mulgrew: (speaking about abortion) Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy.
Kate Mulgrew: (on what she knew about Star Trek before she started work on it) Absolutely nothing. And I think now in hindsight that it stood me in good stead. I was absolutely ignorant of the process.