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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Kate Mulgrew

Famous For:
Ryan's Hope, Star Trek: Voyager, HeartBeat
Networth:
$8 Million
Currently Known For:
Orange is the New Black
Famous Years:
1975-Present
Birthdate:
April 29, 1955
Kate Mulgrew



  Famous For:
Ryan's Hope, Star Trek: Voyager, HeartBeat

  Networth:
$8 Million


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There are many in Hollywood that have made the rounds on several different shows throughout their careers, even if you don’t know them as big time stars. Still, it’s a pretty glamorous life when you can be in the spotlight for more than 40 years, without having to face the onslaught of paparazzi that the mega-stars do. Kate Mulgrew is one of those actresses that’s enjoyed a fine career with a wide range of roles, and is currently part of one of the shows that helped to establish Netflix as the top streaming service in the world.


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Far away from the fast-paced places with celebrities like New York City or Los Angeles, Mulgrew grew up in Iowa, having been born on April 29, 1955 in Dubuque. Her parents weren’t involved in entertainment, and she had a rather normal setting, but always had dreams of becoming an actress. Throughout her teenage years, Mulgrew displayed a lot of talent, to the point where she was accepted to New York University to study acting. However, Mulgrew remained in college for just one year, opting to try and make it on her own while earning money as a waitress.

Mulgrew didn’t wait long until she got her first taste of success, as in 1975 she appeared in an episode of “The Wide World of Mystery” to make her TV debut, and in the same year landed a starring gig on the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” as Mary Ryan Fenelli. It was a role that Mulgrew held onto for three years, appearing in more than 400 episodes. Once her time on the series came to an end, Mulgrew then had a handful of TV movies and then took on the starring role in the series “Mrs. Columbo” as the title character.

“Mrs. Colombo”, however, wouldn’t be as successful as the series that the show (“Colombo”) was spun-off from, lasting just two seasons and airing 13 episodes. Mulgrew then went back to appearing in several TV movies throughout the 1980s and had guest appearances on shows such as “St. Elsewhere” and “Cheers”. This would also be the decade in which Mulgrew made her big screen debut, having roles in films such as “Lovespell”, “A Stranger is Watching” and “Throw Momma from the Train”.

At the end of the decade, Mulgrew would get another chance at starring on a TV series with “HeartBeat”, but was also cancelled after two seasons. The same fate happened once again just a year later on the series “Man of the People”, as Mulgrew continued to look for something that would last as long as her first major TV role, and the big screen wasn’t offering much with just three films during the decade, none of which were major blockbusters.

Mulgrew finally found a home on TV when she took on the part of Kathryn Janeway, joining one of the most popular sci-fi franchises with “Star Trek: Voyager” starting in 1995. Mulgrew played the role heading into the new millennium, having starred in nearly 175 episodes, as well as the film “Star Trek: Nemesis”. Mulgrew said that the show worked because of the writing of Brannon Braga and the cast coming together. “We were a very disciplined group,” she said. “I was prepared...We were extremely capable as a group and could really explore the human aspects of what was happening to these characters. We could do it one on one and in the bigger picture, as a group.”

After the show had ended, Mulgrew appeared on shows like “The Black Donnellys”, “Mercy”, “Warehouse 13” and “NTSF:SD:SUV” before getting what would be perhaps her biggest role to date in 2013. That’s when Mulgrew was cast as Galina Reznikova, better known as Red, on the Netflix series ‘Orange is the New Black”. On the show, Mulgrew plays an inmate in the all-women’s prison that runs the kitchen, having been involved with the Russian mafia.

Throughout the series, you get to see the transformation of the character as a timid civilian that eventually becomes a hard-nosed inmate that’s been played tremendously by Mulgrew. Her performance even netted Mulgrew an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Though she didn’t win, Mulgrew has a slew of awards to her name from working on the show.

Just because “Orange is the New Black” has kept Mulgrew very busy for several years now doesn’t mean that she hasn’t taken some work on the side. Mulgrew has lent her signature voice to a few different productions, including episodes of “American Dad” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. She’s also narrated a documentary called “The Principle” and is now a main voice actor on the animated series “Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters”. For someone that’s been part of such a successful series, those side jobs where you only have to use your voice are very appealing, and have even included video games such as the “Dragon Age” franchise.

At 63 years old, Mulgrew is picky with the roles she takes on, which explains why she’s had so many hits in the past 20 years. “I’ve been acting for a long time,” she said. “And I know content by now. I know when the writing is exemplary and when it is extraordinary, and it is both in the case (of “Orange is the New Black”)...With Red I knew instantly I would love her for a long time and I could develop her accordingly.”

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