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|Birthplace||Hollywood, California, USA|
|Date of Birth||January 19, 1954|
|Role on LOST||Helen|
|IMDB||Katey Sagal at IMDB|
Katey Sagal portrayed the role of "Helen" on LOST.
Sagal hails from a Jewish-American show business family. She is the daughter of director Boris Sagal, most known for his work on 1960s television dramas, including The Twilight Zone. Sagal is the older sister of twin actresses Barbara (Jean) Sagal and Elizabeth (Liz) Sagal, most remembered as the Doublemint Twins of the early 80s and for their own brief sitcom of that era: Double Trouble. She is also the sister of actor Joe Sagal. Sagal and her siblings grew up in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, Los Angeles, California.
Sagal began her career working the Hollywood circuit. She appeared in several television movies between 1971 and 1975, including the Columbo picture Candidate for Crime and in 1973 working as a back-up singer for various mega-stars including Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons, and Tanya Tucker. She was plucked from relative obscurity by Bette Midler, who hired her for her 1979 tour as one of her back-up singers (The Harlettes).
Sagal returned to television in 1985 in the failed television series Mary starring Mary Tyler Moore. This led to her being cast in her best-known role, that of Peg Bundy on the very successful American sitcom Married... with Children (1987–1997). On the show, she portrayed the lower-class, unhappy, sex-craving wife of a shoe salesman. Her career focused almost entirely around this series for its ten year run (with the exception of several television movies).
After the end of Married... with Children, several more television films followed for Sagal, and she was also a featured voice on the children's cartoon Recess. In 1999, Matt Groening, who created The Simpsons, cast her as one-eyed mutant spaceship pilot Leela in his science-fiction cartoon comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following, but was cancelled four years later.
No sooner had that door closed than she was cast as the wife of John Ritter in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in 2002. After Ritter's unexpected death in September 2003, Sagal was suddenly given the difficult task of having to carry most of the weight of the show (with a little help from new cast members David Spade and James Garner). Ritter completed only three episodes of the second season of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter with Sagal introducing each episode. The show was cancelled in 2005 after its third season.
Sagal is also an accomplished songwriter. In 1976, while a member of The Group with No Name, she contributed to the album "Moon over Brooklyn". She also performed backing vocals on the solo album by KISS Bassist Gene Simmons. On April 19, 1994, she released her first solo album, Well.... Ten years later, on June 1, 2004 she released her second album, Room.
Sagal married Kurt Sutter (a writer and producer for The Shield) in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004 at their home in Los Feliz, California. Before that, she was married to Freddie Beckmeyer (1978–1981) and Jack White (November 26, 1993–July 24, 2000) with whom she has two children, Sarah Grace and Jackson James White.
Episodes Appeared InEdit
Appears as Helen in: