Catherine Hicks
Catherine Mary Hicks is an American stage, film, television actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Annie Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven
7th Heaven
7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on August 26, 1996, on the WB, the first time that the network aired Monday night programming, and was originally broadcast from August 26, 1996 to May 13, 2007...

and as Karen Barclay in Child's Play
Child's Play
Child's Play is a 1988 American horror film written by Don Mancini and directed by Tom Holland. The film was released on November 9, 1988 and stars Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon and Brad Dourif...


Personal life

Hicks was born in New York City
New York City
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

, the daughter of Jackie, a homemaker, and Walter Hicks, an electronics salesman. She has Irish and English ancestry. Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, adjacent to Phoenix. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2010 the population of the city was 217,385...

 during her childhood. She was a cheerleader at Gerard Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona and a member of The National Honor Society (NHS). She graduated in 1969. After attending Saint Mary's College (Indiana)
Saint Mary's College (Indiana)
Saint Mary's College is a private Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. It is located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated community northeast of the city of South Bend, in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States — as are the University of Notre Dame and Holy...

, across the street from the University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame du Lac is a Catholic research university located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated community north of the city of South Bend, in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States...

, where she studied English Literature
English literature
English literature is the literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; for example, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Joseph Conrad was Polish, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, J....

 and Theology, Hicks won a prestigious acting fellowship
to Cornell University
Cornell University
Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions...

. While at Cornell, she was a member of the Ithaca Repertory Theater Company. Hicks, whose parents were practicing Christian
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament...

s, is a devout Roman Catholic. She was engaged to journalist, Jeff Silverman, in the mid-1980s. The engagement ended. Catherine met her future husband, special effects make up artist, and the designer and executor of the "Chucky" doll, Kevin Yagher, on the set of the film Child's Play. Catherine and Kevin were married on May 19, 1990. They currently live in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

. The two have a daughter named Catie, who was born in January 1992. Her brother-in-law is actor Jeff Yagher
Jeff Yagher
Jeffrey Brian "Jeff" Yagher is an American actor.Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he graduated from Ohio State University and then attended the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where he appeared in productions of "The Vultures", "We Can't Pay, We Won't Play", and "Las Madres".His television debut was in...

, and her sister-in-law is actress Megan Gallagher
Megan Gallagher
Megan Gallagher is an American actress.Gallagher was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Aileen Gallagher, was a model.Gallagher has largely worked in television and theatre...

 (Jeff's wife). Each made a guest appearance on 7th Heaven.


After graduating from Cornell University with a Masters of Fine Arts degree, Hicks headed to New York in August 1976, where she immediately got work in television commercials. Two weeks after arriving in New York, she landed her first major TV role as the newly recovered pediatrician Dr. Faith Coleridge #3 on ABC soap opera, Ryan's Hope
Ryan's Hope
Ryan's Hope is an American soap opera, revolving around 13 years of trials and tribulations within a large Irish American family in the Riverside district of New York City. It aired from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989 on ABC...

. A year and half later, she left her role on Ryan's Hope
when she was cast to star alongside Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III was an American actor and musician. He starred in more than 60 films including Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Mister Roberts , Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, Irma la Douce, The Odd Couple, Save the Tiger John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III (February 8, 1925June...

 (as Scottie) in Bernard Slade
Bernard Slade
Bernard Slade is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter.Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Slade began his career as an actor with the Garden Center Theatre in Vineland, Ontario. In the mid-1960s, he relocated to Hollywood and began to work as a writer for television sitcoms, including Bewitched...

's 1978 Broadway play, Tribute in which she played the young model Sally Haines, who Scottie sets up with his estranged son (Robert Picardo). That same year, she starred in the CBS TV movie and TV series pilot of a detective drama called "Sparrow" as an anthropology student named Valerie who was Sparrow's neighbor and romantic interest.


When Tribute ended, Hicks moved to California and co-starred on the 1979-1980 CBS sitcom, The Bad News Bears as junior high school principal and psychologist, Dr. Emily Rappant. She had roles in a few TV movies, playing an escort, Annie, in ABC's 1979's Love For Rent, and as Beth, a camp counselor and has a summer romance with Steve Guttenberg's visually impaired character in CBS's 1980 film To Race the Wind, based on the Harold Krents' autobiography.

In 1980, Catherine beat out hundreds of actresses for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, model and showgirl who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s....

 in ABC's $3.5 million dollar production, Marilyn: The Untold Story, based on the Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S...

 best seller. She earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-series or Movie for her portrayal of the legendary star.

In 1981, Hicks starred in CBS's remake of Jacqueline Susann
Jacqueline Susann
Jacqueline Susann was an American author known for her best-selling novels. Her most notable work was Valley of the Dolls, a book that broke sales records and spawned an Oscar-nominated 1967 film and a short-lived TV series.-Early years:Jacqueline Susann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to...

's Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls is a novel by American writer Jacqueline Susann, published in 1966. The "dolls" within the title is a slang term for downers, barbiturates used as sleep aids....

, as Ann Wells, an entertainment lawyer, and James Corburn's protege. She made her motion picture debut in the 1982 comedy, Better Late Than Never
Better Late Than Never (film)
Better Late Than Never is a 1982 film directed by Bryan Forbes. It stars David Niven, Art Carney and Maggie Smith. The soundtrack features songs by Henry Mancini and Noel Coward.-Plot:...

, as Sable, the young gold-digger who catches the eye of wealthy older gentlemen, David Niven
David Niven
James David Graham Niven , known as David Niven, was a British actor and novelist, best known for his roles as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the Phantom", in The Pink Panther...

 and Art Carney
Art Carney
Arthur William Matthew “Art” Carney was an American actor in film, stage, television and radio. He is best known for playing Ed Norton, opposite Jackie Gleason's Ralph Kramden in the situation comedy The Honeymooners....

. That same year, she starred as Sally in the movie thriller, Death Valley. She played Peter Billingsley's mother.

She took the lead role as Amanda Tucker in the 12-episode detective
A detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. The latter may be known as private investigators or "private eyes"...

 series Tucker's Witch
Tucker's Witch
Tucker's Witch is a 12-episode comedy-detective series which aired on CBS television from October 6, 1982, to November 10, 1982, and again sporadically from March 31 to June 9, 1983...

opposite Tim Matheson
Tim Matheson
Tim Matheson is an American actor, director and producer. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth-talking Eric 'Otter' Stratton in the 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House and has had a variety of other well-known roles, including providing the voice of the lead character...

 as Rick Tucker. The program aired on CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 from October 6, 1982, sporadically into August, 1983. In 1983, she also co-starred with John Schneider
John Schneider (television actor)
John Richard Schneider III is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, and as Jonathan Kent on Smallville, a 2001 television adaptation of Superman.Alongside his acting career, Schneider performed as a...

 in CBS's romantic comedy movie, Happy Endings. Catherine played Lisa, a singer trying to get over a broken heart and finding love with her next door neighbor.

In Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men , Dog Day Afternoon , Network and The Verdict...

's 1984 film, Garbo Talks
Garbo Talks
Garbo Talks is a 1984 American comedy-drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher, and Betty Comden as Greta Garbo.The movie was written by Larry Grusin and also stars Catherine Hicks and Steven Hill...

, Catherine was aspiring-actress Jane Mortimer. Hicks also played Bill Murray
Bill Murray
William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained national exposure on Saturday Night Live in which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in a number of critically and commercially successful comedic films, including Caddyshack , Ghostbusters , and...

's socialite finacee, Isabel, in the 1984 remake of The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge (1984 film)
The Razor's Edge is the second film version of W. Somerset Maugham's 1944 novel. The film was released in 1984 and stars Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Catherine Hicks, Denholm Elliott and James Keach...

. For her work in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based on the Star Trek science fiction television series and completes the story arc begun in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and continued in Star Trek III: The...

, Catherine received a Saturn Award
Saturn Award
The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. The Saturn Awards were devised by Dr. Donald A. Reed in 1972, who felt that films within...

 nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as cetacean biologist, Dr. Gillian Taylor, who assists the Star Trek crew in their quest for two humpback whales. That same year, in Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is widely acclaimed as one of Hollywood's most innovative and influential film directors...

's Peggy Sue Got Married
Peggy Sue Got Married
Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to the days of her senior year in high school...

, she played Carol Heath, one of Peggy Sue's best friends.

In 1987's Like Father Like Son, Hicks played Dr. Amy Larkin, a colleague of Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE was an English actor, comedian, composer and musician.Moore first came to prominence as one of the four writer-performers in the ground-breaking comedy revue Beyond the Fringe in the early 1960s, and then became famous as half of the highly popular television...

's character. Also in 1987, she appeared as Jane Algernon in the HBO mystery, Laguna Heat, as the victim's daughter who becomes Harry Hamlin's lover.

In 1988, she played businesswoman Ella Frazier in a Yugoslavian comedy Tajna manastirske rakije (also released under the titles Cognac and Secret Ingredient). and falls for Rick Rossovich. Catherine co-starred with Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
Arthur Christopher Orne Plummer, CC is a Canadian theatre, film and television actor. He made his film debut in 1957's Stage Struck, and notable early film performances include Night of the Generals, The Return of the Pink Panther and The Man Who Would Be King.In a career that spans over five...

, as his estranged daughter, Tina Boyer, in the Showtime movie channel's 1988 movie, Souvenir. She played single hard working mother Karen Barclay in the 1988 horror film, Child's Play. Her performance won her a 1988 Best Actress Saturn Award
Saturn Award
The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. The Saturn Awards were devised by Dr. Donald A. Reed in 1972, who felt that films within...


The next year, she starred opposite Tony Danza
Tony Danza
Tony Danza is an American actor best known for starring on the TV series Taxi and Who's the Boss?, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards...

 in She's Out of Control
She's Out of Control
She's Out of Control is an independent American 1989 coming of age comedy film starring Tony Danza, Ami Dolenz and Catherine Hicks. The original music score was composed by Alan Silvestri...

, as his girlfriend, Janet Pearson. Also in 1989, she was in the USA cable network movie, Spy, playing Angela Berk, Bruce Greenwood's ex-wife.


Catherine starred in the 1990 USA cable network's movie, Running Against Time, playing a TV reporter named Laura Whittaker and Robert Hays' lover. She co-starred in the 1991 FOX-TV comedy-fantasy movie, Hi Honey - I'm Dead
Hi Honey - I'm Dead
Hi Honey - I'm Dead is a 1991 Fox Network made-for-tv film, starring Curtis Armstrong and Catherine Hicks.-Plot summary:Brad Stadler is a dishonest real estate developer, who spends too much time at work. Brad cheats on his wife and has no time for son Josh's baseball games. So one day, the God...

as Carol Stadler, the mother of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She had a brief role as the stoned Mary Parker in Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis
Michael "Mike" Figgis is an English film director, writer, and composer.-Personal life:Figgis was born in Carlisle, England and grew up in Africa. Figgis for several years had a relationship with the actress Saffron Burrows and cast her in several films...

' 1991 film, Liebestraum.

She co-starred with British actor, Trevor Eve, and June Lockhart, in the Jeff Franklin- Lorimar produced 1992 ABC comedy pilot, Up to No Good as Allison Ploutzer. She starred with John Bedford Lloyd in the 1993 ABC comedy pilot, The Circle Game as the character Nancy.

In 1994, Catherine was cast as Jeannie Barker in Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with 218 producer and executive producer credits...

's short-lived prime time NBC soap opera, Winnetka Road. She also made a 1994 guest appearance on the Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades. He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke, and father of Barry Van Dyke...

 murder mystery TV series, Diagnosis: Murder in an episode called, "Guardian Angel".

In 1995, she was in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Redwood Curtain, playing John Lithgow
John Lithgow
John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, and author. Presently, he is involved with a wide range of media projects, including stage, television, film, and radio...

's wife, and Lea Salonga's adoptive mother, Julia Riordan. She also starred as John Dillinger's (Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez , better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American film actor best known for his performances in the films Badlands and Apocalypse Now , and in the television series The West Wing from 1999 to 2006.He is considered one of the best actors never to be...

) wife, Abigail, in the direct to video Dillinger and Capone. and had a role as Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, singer, director, and magician.Prominent roles of his career include the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D., Colonel Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers, the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold...

' mother. Mrs. Mosk, in the 1995 independent film, Animal Room.

In 1996, she was cast as Annie Camden on The WB's
The WB Television Network
The WB Television Network is a former television network in the United States that was launched on January 11, 1995 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. and Tribune Broadcasting. On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Warner Bros...

 family drama 7th Heaven
7th Heaven
7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on August 26, 1996, on the WB, the first time that the network aired Monday night programming, and was originally broadcast from August 26, 1996 to May 13, 2007...

(opposite fellow Star Trek
Star Trek
Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. The core of Star Trek is its six television series: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise...

 alum Stephen Collins). 7th Heaven was picked up by The CW Television Network
The CW Television Network
The CW Television Network is a television network in the United States launched at the beginning of the 2006–2007 television season. It is a joint venture between CBS Corporation, the former owners of United Paramount Network , and Time Warner's Warner Bros., former majority owner of The WB...

 for an 11th season, making it the longest-running family drama on television. The show aired its final episode in May 2007. In 1997, Catherine played flight attendant, Maggie, one of Ray Liotta's victims in Turbulence. The same year, Catherine played next door neighbor, Ms. Lewis, in Michael Davis' coming-of-age film, Eight Days a Week
Eight Days a Week (film)
Eight Days a Week is a 1999 comedy film written and directed by Michael Davis. The title is taken from The Beatles song of the same name. The film features Dishwalla's 1996 hit "Counting Blue Cars".-Plot:...



In 2000, she was in the CBS made-for-TV movie, For All Time, playing Mark Harmon's wife, Kristen.
Hicks also starred in the Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Movie Network is a cable channel that is part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBCUniversal. LMN offers women-oriented movies...

 channel's 2008 movie Poison Ivy: The Secret Society as Dean Elisabeth Graves. In 2009, Hicks played therapist, Dr. Rosen, in the WB's online web series, Pushed. Also in the 2009 Lifetime Movie Network film, Stranger with My Face
Stranger With My Face (2009 film)
Stranger With My Face is a Canadian horror film; made for television, directed by Jeff Renfroe, and starring Alexz Johnson, Catherine Hicks and Emily Hirst. It is based on the book of the same name, written by Lois Duncan. The film premiered on August 29, 2009 on the Lifetime Movie Network...

, she played the widowed mother Shelley Stratton. She plays Mom in the 2009 independent short film You're a Wolf, co-starring with Michael Gross and Jesse Bradford. Hicks is featured in My Name Is Jerry
My Name is Jerry
My Name Is Jerry is an upcoming independent dramatic comedy film released on DVD on October 19, 2010. by Clothespin Films LLC, in association with the Institute for Digital Entertainment and Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.It stars Doug Jones as Jerry Arthur: a...

, an independent film shot mostly in Muncie, Indiana. Catherine won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role from the 2009 International Filmmakers Festival for her portrayal as Dana.


In 2010, Catherine received excellent reviews for her role as Hildegarde, in playwright Christopher Durang
Christopher Durang
Christopher Ferdinand Durang is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work was especially popular in the 1980s.- Life :...

's Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them at the Stella Adler
Stella Adler
Stella Adler was an American actress and an acclaimed acting teacher, who founded the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City and the The Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles with long-time protege Joanne Linville, who continues to teach and furthers Adler's legacy...

 Theater in Hollywood. Catherine supplied the voice of Snowdorable for the 2010 animated Christmas cartoon, Elf Sparkle and the Special Red Dress. She played Professor Myra Allitt in the 2010 film, The Genesis Code. She was Texas family court Judge Harriet Krammer in the 2011 Hallmark Channel movie, A Valentine's Date, (which was also released under the video title Your Love Never Fails). She played Jean in the 2011 Lifetime Movie Network movie, Borderline Murder, reuniting her with her former 7th Heaven co-star, George Stults, who played her son-in-law on the show. Catherine co-starred as Anna Walker in the 2011 Walmart and Proctor and Gamble Family Movie Night drama on NBC called Game Time: Tackling the Past with Beau Bridges and Ryan McPartlin. Catherine joined actors Noah Wyle, Virginia Madsen, Mike Farrell, and others, in a September, 2011 reading of Windows on the World, by Colette Keen, at Hollywood's Stella Adler Theatre, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In November of 2011, she starred as Irene Livingston in the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Nevada's Las Vegas production of the Moss Hart play. Light Up the Sky. Catherine played Ellen in the 2011 Hallmark Channel movie, A Christmas Wedding Tail.


At the University of Notre Dame, the Catherine Hicks Award is given to a graduating senior for outstanding work in Theatre.

In 2010, Catherine made appearances in several public service announcements for CARU - the Children's Advertising Review Unit. The commercials reflected contemporary concerns about the privacy and safety of children on the Internet. She continued her commitment as a parent advocate by teaming with the National Community Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma for the 2010 Safeguard My Meds campaign to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription medication.

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