Katey Sagal played the role of Helen Norwood.


  • Born Catherine Louise Sagal in 1954, her father was Boris Sagal, the noted TV and sometime film director (1965's Girl Happy with Elvis Presley was one.) He died tragically on May 22, 1981, while on the set for World War III, when he accidentally walked into a helicopter rear rotor.
  • Katey's mother, Sara Zwilling, was a director and singer who died earlier in 1975 at the age of 47 from heart disease.
  • A singer/songwriter who began performing by age 5
  • Studied voice and acting at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA
  • A singing waitress during her "salad" years, she started up with a band "The Group with no Name"
  • Caught a break after hooking up with Gene Simmons and his 70s rock band Kiss.
  • Went on to become a backup recording singer for Simmons and other established stars, including Etta James and Tanya Tucker.
  • Katey also performed live backup with Bette Midler as one of the "Staggering Harlettes" in Bette's wildly Avante garde stage shows during the late 70s and early 80s.
  • Her first marriage to bass player Freddie Beckmeyer ended in divorce after three years.
  • A second to Jack White, who was involved in the "Mighty Ducks" hockey film series as both actor and adviser, also ended in divorce.


  • Mary Tyler Moore's feisty co-worker, Jo Tucker, in Mary, a short-lived comedy series. Her work on "Mary"
  • Most famous for playing the vulgar, brazen, undomesticated "Peg Bundy" TV persona on Married...with Children.
  • Voices the character "Leela" on the animated sitcom Futurama
  • Her latest sitcom was Eight Simple Rules. She co-starred with the late John Ritter until his sudden passing in 2003.
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