Sons of an­ar­chy

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be­fore epic biker drama sons of an­ar­chy (2008-2014) came along, katey sa­gal was known for just one role: tv’s worst mom, peg bundy from sit­com mar­ried… with chil­dren (1987-1997). not that her sons character gemma teller-mor­row is any bet­ter. at least katey’s the op­po­site…

show­biz is in the 60-year-old’s blood. her younger twin sis­ters jean and liz and brother joe are ac­tors and her late par­ents boris and sara worked be­hind the cam­eras as a di­rec­tor (boris died in a set ac­ci­dent in 1981) and a writer (sara died in 1975 from heart dis­ease). born cather­ine louise sa­gal, she’s not big on re­li­gion and says that while she’s “cul­tur­ally jewish”, she doesn’t follow any par­tic­u­lar faith. act­ing’s her main job, but katey still loves to sing. she sang at least one song in ev­ery sea­son of sons of an­ar­chy, which was cre­ated by her hubby of 11 years kurt sut­ter (he played otto in the se­ries). she started out in show­biz as a backup singer for bob dy­lan, bette mi­dler and gene sim­mons from rock­band kiss in the late ’70s. act­ing has also brought katey a lot of pain and sad­ness. in 1989, she suf­fered a mis­car­riage on the set of mar­ried… with chil­dren. in 1991, she was rushed to hos­pi­tal from the set for an emer­gency c-sec­tion – her daugh­ter was still­born. in 2003, while katey re­hearsed with john rit­ter, the lead star of 8 sim­ple rules (2002-2005), john suf­fered an aor­tic dis­sec­tion and was taken to hos­pi­tal, where he died. of john’s un­timely death, katey says that “it was so hard to fill that house­hold, near im­pos­si­ble”. th­ese days, katey plays mom to 20-year-old daugh­ter sarah grace and 18-year-old son jack­son james from her mar­riage to coun­try mu­si­cian jack white, and seven-year-old daugh­ter esmé louise, via surrogacy with kurt.

katey sa­gal is one tv mom not to be

messed with.

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