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Catherine O'Hara

O'Hara photographed by Jerry Avenaim, 2006
Born Catherine Anne O'Hara
March 4, 1954 (1954-03-04) (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress/Comedienne
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Bo Welch (m. 1992, 2 sons)

Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian-American actress and comedienne. She is well known for her comedy work on SCTV, and her roles in the films After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and The Nightmare Before Christmas; as well in the mockumentary films written and directed by Christopher Guest including Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.



O'Hara was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario in a large Irish Catholic family.[1] She started her acting career at age 20 as a cast member of The Second City in Toronto.[2] She was an understudy for Gilda Radner until she left for Saturday Night Live. Two years later, this theatre troupe created the television series SCTV, on which she became a regular performer. Her memorable characterizations on the show included Las Vegas scorcher Lola Heatherton, buzzer-happy game show contestant Margaret Meehan, raunchy nightclub comedian Dusty Towne, soap opera seductress Sue Ellen and stage actress Sue Bopper Simpson.

In the late 1970s, O'Hara did voice-overs for a number of cartoons, which would continue throughout her career. During a short time in the early 80s when SCTV was in between network deals, she was hired to replace Ann Risley when Saturday Night Live was being retooled in 1981. However, she quit the show without ever appearing on-air, choosing to go back to SCTV when the show signed on with NBC.[3][4][5] Her SNL position was then given to fellow Canadian Robin Duke, who had also replaced O'Hara for a season on SCTV.

O'Hara has appeared in many films in the past two decades, including Martin Scorsese's After Hours, as well as parts in two Tim Burton films: Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which also co-starred her fellow Whose Line Is It Anyway? castmate Greg Proops. She played Kate McCallister in the first two Home Alone films. From 1997 to 2006, she starred in the Christopher Guest mockumentary films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. On June 9, 2007, O'Hara was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In May 2008, it was announced that she has signed on to star in the upcoming ABC dramedy Good Behavior.[6]

On February 28th, 2010 she spoke at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Personal life

A naturalized U.S. citizen,[7] she married production designer/director Bo Welch in 1992 and has two sons, Matthew (b.1994) and Luke (b.1997). She is the sister of critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O'Hara, though she is a singer-songwriter in her own right, having written and performed songs in Christopher Guest's film A Mighty Wind. She has a condition known as Situs Inversus with Dextrocardia meaning that among other things, her heart is on the right side of her body.[8]

Celebrities impersonated on SCTV


Year Film title Character or role
1983 Rock & Rule Aunt Edith
1985 After Hours Gail
1986 Heartburn Betty
1988 Beetlejuice Delia Deetz
1990 Home Alone Kate McCallister
Betsy's Wedding Gloria Henner
Dick Tracy Texie Garcia
Little Vegas Lexie
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Kate McCallister
There Goes the Neighborhood Jessie Lodge
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally and Shock (both speaking and singing)
1994 Little Giants Young Boy's Mother
A Simple Twist of Fate April Simon
Wyatt Earp Allie Earp
The Paper Susan
1995 Tall Tale Calamity Jane
1996 The Last of the High Kings Cathleen
Waiting for Guffman Sheila Albertson
1997 Hope (TV) Muriel Macswain
Pippi Longstocking voice of Mrs. Prysselius
1998 Home Fries Mrs. Lever
1999 Late Last Night (TV) the Shrink
Bartok the Magnificent voice of Ludmilla
The Life Before This Sheena
2000 Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big voice
Best in Show Cookie Guggelman Fleck
2001 Speaking of Sex Connie Barker
Committed (TV Series) Liz Larsen
2002 Orange County Cindy Beugler
2003 Six Feet Under Carol Ward
A Mighty Wind Mickey Crabbe
2004 Surviving Christmas Christine Valco
The Wool Cap Gloria
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Justice Strauss
2005 Chicken Little Tina
2006 For Your Consideration Marilyn Hack
Monster House DJ's Mother
Brother Bear 2 Kata
Over The Hedge Penny
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses Duchess Rowena
2008 Penelope Jessica Wilhern
2009 Away We Go Gloria Farlander
Where the Wild Things Are Judith
Glenn Martin, DDS (TV series) Jackie Martin
Curb your Enthusiasm (TV series) Bam Bam Funkhouser
2010 Five Killers



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