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Kate Mulgrew

MULGREW, Kate. (Dubuque, IA, Apr. 29, 1955- ) The daughter ofThomas James MULGREW II and Joan Virginia MULGREW, Kate grew up living in a home along Langworthy Street in Dubuque. (1) She attended LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and first grade at St. Joseph's until her family moved to the country. She then attended Derby Grange, a one room school, for several years before completing her elementary education at Resurrection School in Asbury. (2) Mulgrew's acting talents have taken her far from WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL where she starred as Hudel in "Fiddler on the Roof" and CLARKE COLLEGE where she played Nora in "Plow and the Stars." At the age of seventeen, she moved to New York City to study professionally. While attending New York University she was accepted at the Stella Adler Conservatory, but left school following her junior year to pursue a full-time acting career. (3)

By the time she was twenty-one, Mulgrew had already appeared in an American Shakespeare Theatre production of Our Town and had a regular role on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope (1975-1977, 1983, 1986, 1987). Mulgrew's break-through role was her portrayal of Captain Kathryn Janeway on the television series drama Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001). (4) For this role, she won the Saturn award for Best TV Actress presented by the Academy of Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and the Golden Satellite Award for the best actress in a TV series drama. (5) Mulgrew also starred in the television mini series “The Word" with David Janssen, an episode of the popular "Dallas (1978)," "Mrs. Columbo (1979)," "Murder, She Wrote (1992)," "St. Elsewhere," "Law and Order: SVU," and the mini-series "The Manions of America."

Mulgrew made her feature film debut in the drama Lovespell, retelling the tragic tale of Tristan and Iseult (with Mulgrew playing the latter). Filmed in 1979, the film was ultimately released in December 1981. In 1982, she starred in the thriller "A Stranger Is Watching." In 1985, she portrayed Major Rayner Fleming in the action film "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins." Mulgrew then starred in the 1987 black comedy "Throw Momma from the Train." In 1991, she played Judith Schweitzer in the film "Round Numbers." She appeared in the film "Camp Nowhere"in 1994 and the following year in the film "Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys" with Joe Piscopo. In 2005 Mulgrew portrayed Dr. Mary Smith in the independent drama "Perception." Three years later she was cast to portray Colonel Simms in the 2008 short drama "The Response" and in 2010, Mulgrew portrayed the wife of Christopher McDonald's character in the comedy "The Best and the Brightest." (6)

Mulgrew's acting has received many honors. In 1979 she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for best dramatic actress in a series for "Mrs. Columbo." (7) Mulgrew won the Tracey Humanitarian Award for her performance as Hillary Wheaton, a driven alcoholic news anchor, on the 1992 episode of "Murphy Brown" entitled "On the Rocks".

She played Captain Kathryn Janeway in the television series Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001. For her role, she won the Saturn Award for Best TV Actress in 1998. In 2003 she received Broadway.com's Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance in "Tea at Five." "Tea at Five" also brought her an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance, a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress and the Carbonell Award (2004) for Best Actress (Touring, Independent Production - Cuillo Centre) for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn. (8) In 2007 Mulgrew was nominated for the 73rd Annual Drama League Award for her performance in "Our Leading Lady." (9) In 2008 she was awarded an Obie Award for her performance as Clytemnestra in Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature Theatre Co. (10) Mulgrew received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for Artistic Contribution from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. (11)

Kate Mulgrew was the "Voice of Cleveland's MetroHealth System". She voiced the villainous "Red Claw" opposite Adrienne Barbeau's "Catwoman" in three episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series (two in 1992, a third in 1995). Mulgrew was among the many Star Trek performers who supplied their voices to the Disney animated series "Gargoyles." (12)

In 2014 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and won a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. (13) Her book entitled Born With Teeth was published in 2015 described her pursuit of an acting career. In May, 2019 she published How to Forget: A Daughter's Memoir on her return to Derby Grange to care for her ailing parents. (14)

In October, 2017 it was announced that Mulgrew would be featured on a set of Canadian stamps. These were sequels to those released in 2016 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek television series. It is believed she is the first Dubuque native featured on a stamp. (15)

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1. Hogstrom, Erik, Leading Lights of Stage and Screen-Kate Mulgrew," The Arts in the Tri-States, Telegraph Herald, May 23, 2019, p. 7

2. Allen, Betty, "Kate Mulgrew," from They Came From Dubuque by John Tigges, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1983, p. 89

3. Community Choice Awards, "Kate Mulgrew," http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Kate_Mulgrew

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid.

6. "Kate Mulgrew Biography," Star Pulse.com, http://www.starpulse.com/Actresses/Mulgrew,_Kate/Biography/

7. Community Choice Awards, "Kate Mulgrew."

8. "Totally Kate-Kate Mulgrew Bio," http://www.totallykate.com/bio.htm

9. Community Choice Awards.

10. Ibid.

11. Star Plus.com, http://www.starpulse.com/Actresses/Mulgrew,_Kate/Biography/

12. Community Choice Awards, "Kate Mulgrew,"

13. "All About..Kate Mulgrew," Telegraph Herald, August 3, 2018, p. 37

14. Gloss, Megan, "For Actress, A Return to Her Home, Telegraph Herald, June 27, 2019, p. 1

15. Mulgrew Honored with Canadian Stamp," Telegraph Herald, October 22, 2017, p. 21A