||Voice Over: Nineteen year old Kate
Mulgrew had no intention of pursuing a television career when she auditioned
for the new soap Ryan's Hope.
Kate Mulgrew: Everything was about the theater … then. So when I walked into the studio at ABC and there were three cameras, I just said 'well you guys will have to tell me what to do because I don't know anything about this.' 'Well, look here, look there.' 'Okay, can I go? Can I go, because I have another audition.'
Voice Over: On the same day, Kate landed two leading roles. One on stage, the other as the first Mary Ryan.
A clip from Ryan's Hope with Kate as Mary Ryan is shown.
Over another clip from Ryan's Hope (of the wedding of Mary Ryan and Jack Fennelli):
Kate Mulgrew: I'm the only actress in the history of daytime television who slept with only one man, and he was my husband. She's a leader, and audiences just fell in love with her. I think I grew up, and Mary Ryan grew up with me.
Voice Over: From soap fans to Trekkies, Kate developed a different, but equally devoted following when she was cast in Star Trek: Voyager as the first female star ship captain ever. (Pictures from Star Trek: Voyager are shown during this segment)
Kate Mulgrew: I thought it was like a cartoon. It was science fiction. It was something I didn't know anything about. Well that all changed, didn't it?!
Voice Over: Seven seasons later the
show went off the air, and in 2003, Kate went back on stage (a clip from
Tea at Five is shown) in the production of Tea