|Kate Mulgrew has had a distinguished career
in theatre, television, and film. She is equally adept at comedy
and drama, as proven by the many and varied characters she has played.
A few of her notable theatrical roles include Emily in Our Town, Tracy
Lord in The Philadelphia Story, Hedda Gabler, and her award winning turn
as Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five. In 2008 she was honored with Off-Broadway’s
Obie Award for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in Iphigenia 2.0. Mulgrew
recently fulfilled a life-long dream when she played Cleopatra in a successful
and well received production of Shakespeare’s classic play at Hartford
Some noteworthy television roles include
Mary Ryan (Ryan’s Hope), Mrs. Columbo, and Dr. Joanne Springsteen (Heartbeat).
And in 1995 Mulgrew created the iconic role of Captain Kathryn Janeway
on Star Trek: Voyager, becoming the first female captain of a Star Trek
series. Among her films are the classic comedy Throw Momma from the Train,
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, and most recently the award-winning
docudrama The Response.
Kate Mulgrew’s involvement with Alzheimer’s
began when her mother, Joan, was diagnosed with the disease. Joan
succumbed in 2006, but Mulgew’s dedication to the cause has remained steadfast.
She has raised millions of dollars for research, and continues to speak
passionately and forcefully about the effects of the disease on families,
the need for funding, and the ongoing search for a cure, all over the world.
She recently explained her commitment:
“It’s grown and blossomed into something that feels right. I’ve had a really
good life and a wonderful career. I’ve been comfortable and I’ve been healthy.
And I adored my mother. So this is my way to give back.”