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Star Trek: Voyager was the third spin off in the Star Trek franchise. It follows the Federation Starship Voyager, under
I met actress Kate Mulgrew at Collectormania held in the MK Dons football stadium, Milton Keynes, in May 2010.
She signed a photo for me, showing her in her famous role as Captain Janeway in Star Trek.
Born Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew, in Dubuque, Iowa in 1955, Kate Mulgrew was the oldest girl in an Irish Catholic family of 8. She became interested in acting when she was 12 and had the full support of her parents. After leaving Walhert High School in Dubuque when 17, she left her home town and moved to New York to study acting at the University there. Shee
Kate Mulgrew aged twelve
She also joined the Stella Adler Conservatory. After just one year, Kate left the university to pursue a full time acting career.
In Absurd Person Singular
By the time she was 21, she had already appeared on stage in Thornton Wilder's Our Town (1975) and Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular (1976) and although she would have roles in TV and film, 'treading the boards' in the theatre would become her acting forte. Her
As Hedda in Hedda Gabler
Her stage roles have ranged from Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello (1978) and Kitty Strong in Weller's The Ballad of Soapy Smith (1983) to the title roles in Shaw's Major Barbara (1982) and Ibsen's tragedy Hedda Gabler (1986).
Her more recent roles have included Katharine Hepburn in numerous productions of the one
As KatherineHepburn in Tea at Five
As Hesther Saloman in Equus
As Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra
one-woman play Tea at Five (2002-05) for which she has receiv
received much critical acclaim; Laura Keene in Our Leading Lady (2007); Hesther Saloman in Equus (2008) and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (2010).
As Laura Keene in Our Leading Lady
With Maxwell Caulfield in Our Leading Lady
With Melinda Page-Hamilton in
The Royal Family
As Clytemnestra in Iphegenia 2.0
Kate won a Village Voice Obie Award for her performance
performance as Queen Clytemnestra in Iphegenia 2.0 staged in N
in New York in 2007.
Kate Mulgrew was just 20 when she got the role of Mary Ryan (later Mary Ryan Fenelli) in the soap Ryan's Hope. She appeared in the first 648 episodess
Kate Mulgrew as Mary Ryan in Ryan's Hope
As Kate Columbo in Mrs Columbo
As Helen O'Casey in St Elsewhere
As Hattie in Roots: The Gift
episodes from 1975 until 1979. This brought her recognition and she gained the lead role of Kate Columbo (the previously never-seen wife of dishevelled TV detective Columbo) who, in the TV series Mrs Columbo (1979-80), solves crimes as a reporter, whilst also raising her small daughter.
Opening credit for Hotel
Kate as Dr Joanne Springsteen
Kate Mulgrew in Heartbeat
Kate Mulgrew & Steve Kanaly in Dallas
Kate Mulgrew as Hillary in Murphy Brown
During the next fifteen years, Kate Mulgrew had roles in a number of popular American TV series. These included Joanne Springsteen/Halloran in Heartbeat (1988-89) and Lisbeth Chardin in Man of the People (1991). She has also guest starred in many more like Dallas (1978); Jessie (1984); St Elsewhere (1986); Hotel (1987); Roots:The Gift (a 1988 TV spin-off) and Murphy Brown (1992).
In 1981, Kate Mulgrew was in Ireland (home of her ancestors) to star in the highly praised ABC mini-series The Manions of America, with Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. Five hours in length, it traces the fortunes of the Manion family from poverty in Ireland to fame and prosperity in America.
Kate Mulgrew & Pierce Brosnan in
The Manions of America
In 1995 came a life-changing role for Kate Mulgrew in the shape of Captain Kathryn Janeway in the series Star Trek:Voyager. Mulgrew was the second choice for the part which originally went to the French Canadian actress Gen
Genevieve Bujold who pulled out after two days shooting, claiming that the work schedule was too demanding.
Genevieve Bujold as the first Captain Janeway
Kate Mulgrew had no such problems with the work schedules, and made no less than 170 episodes of the series from 1995 until 2001. Her character (based on a feminist writer Elizabeth Janeway), was originally called Nicole Janeway but the producers agreed to change it to Kathryn Janeway, at Kate Mulgrew's request.
Kate Mulgrew & Robert Beltran
Roxann Dawson & Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway in
Star Trek: Voyager
under Captain Janeway's command, in pursuit of a rebel Maquis ship in a dangerous part of the galaxy. Voyager is thrown thousands of light years away into the Delta Quadrant - so how would they get home and how long would it take?
In the last of the 170 episodes entitled Endgame, Mulgrew's character is now Admiral Janeway, but she also plays the younger Captain as well as they face up to the enemy Borg. She also makes a cameo appearance in the film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
Following Star Trek: Voyager, Kate Mulgrew appeared in nine episodes of the TV series The Black Donnellys (2007) as Helen Donnelly whose four sons are caught up in New York's crime underworld. She also played Mrs Jeannie Flanagan in the hospital drama Mercy (2009-10). she
Kate Mulgrew as both the older & younger
Kathryn Janeway in Endgame
As Janeway in Star Trek: Nemesis
As Admiral Janeway in Endgame
Michael Stahl-David & Kate Mulgrew
in The Black Donnellys
Kate also has a small number of big-screen credits to her name including the Arthurian legend Lovespell (1981) with Richard Burton; the crime thriller A Stranger Is Watching (1982) with Rip Torn; the action adventure Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous (1985) and the comedy Throw Momma from the Train (1987) with Danny DeVito.
She has also had roles in the more recent films Perception (2005); the 30-minute short The Response (2008) and The Best and the Brightest (2010).
Mulgrew & Burton in Lovespell
Kate Mulgrew as Sharon Martin
in A Stranger is Watching
As Mary in Perception
Kate Mulgrew as Margaret in Throw Momma From the Train
As Maj. Rayner Fleming in
Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous
Kate Mulgrew as Colonel Simms in The Response
Since 1995, Kate Mulgrew has appeared at countless
conventions to meet fans and sign autographs. In the UK she has done this in Blackpool (2001), London (2003 & 2005), Bournemouth (2006) and Milton Keynes (2010).
Kate Mulgrew, is a strong opponent of abortion and capital punishment, and is also a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association. After her mother Joan died in 2006, after a long battle with the disease, she is said to have raised over $2 million for the Association.
Kate was married to the film director Robert H. Egan from 1982 until 1993 and they had two sons, Ian and Alexander (Alec). In 1999, she married Democrat politician Tim Hagan, who is currently Commissioner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Kate with husband Tim
Kate with son Alec
Kate Mulgrew signed this Star Trek photo to me when I met
her at Milton Keynes