Kate Mulgrew Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Kate Mulgrew

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April 29, 1955

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Dubuque, Iowa, United States of America

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Kate Mulgrew was born on April 29, 1955. She is an American actress. She is known for her role in the series ‘Orange is the New Black’. She is an active member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Voice of Cleveland’s MetroHealth System.

Early life

Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew was born on April 29, 1955, in Iowa. She was born into an Irish Catholic family. She was born to Thomas James Mulgrew II who was a contractor and Joan Virginia Mulgrew who was an artist and painter. She attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque. She later joined the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in conjunction with New York University, New York City. She left the university after one year. She worked as a waitress to fend for herself.



In 1975, Kate Mulgrew began her career when she appeared as Mary Ryan in the soap opera ‘Ryan’s Hope.’ She became very popular after the soap. She also appeared in the Theatre production ‘Our Town’ in Connecticut. In 1979, she appeared in the series ‘Mrs. Columbo’. In 1981, she starred in ‘Lovespell’ alongside Richard Burton and Nicholas Clay. In 1985, she appeared in ‘Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins’. The following years she appeared in ‘Cheers’. In 1987, she starred in ‘Throw Momma from the Train’ as Margaret. In 1992, she appeared in the film ‘Murphy Brown’. She also starred in the soap opera ‘Murder: She Wrote’.

In 1995, Kate Mulgrew got the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway in ‘Star Trek: Voyager.’ She also lent her voice to ‘Star Trek’ video games, that is, ‘Star Trek: Captain’s Chair’, ‘Star Trek: Legacy’ and ‘Star Trek: Voyager-Elite Force’. In 2003, she starred in the play ‘Tea at Five’. In 2006, she guest starred in an episode of ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’. She also performed in ‘The Exonerated’ in London. The following year she appeared in the series ‘The Black Donnellys’.

In 2008, Kate Mulgrew appeared in ‘Equus’ on Broadway. She also starred in ‘The Response’. In 2009, she starred in the series ‘Mercy’. In 2010, she starred in the film ‘The Best and Brightest’ as the Player’s wife.  She also starred in the ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. In 2011, she appeared in the documentary ‘The Captains’. In 2013, she got the role of Red in the Netflix series ‘Orange Is the New Black’. She plays the role in the series to date. In 2014, she narrated the film ‘The Principle’.


Awards and Achievements

In 1998, Kate Mulgrew won the Saturn Awards for Best TV Actress for her performance as Janeway in ‘Star Trek.’ In 2007, she won the Obie Award for outstanding performance. She was awarded from Feminists for Life.


Personal life

In 1982, Kate Mulgrew got married to Robert H. Egan with whom she has two children. The couple divorced in 1995. In 1999, she got married to Tim Hagan. The couple later divorced. In 1977, she realized she was pregnant while acting on ‘Ryan’s Hope.’ She gave up her daughter for adoption three days after she was born. She, however, started looking for her and found her in 2015. She is a Catholic. She is currently sixty two years old.

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