Catherine O’Hara Biography
Catherine O’Hara is a renowned Canadian-American actress, comedian, and writer. She has won several awards including a Genie Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and five Canadian Screen Awards. In 2018, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canad, In 2020, she was honored with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.
O’Hara’s fame as an actress came in 1974 as a member of The Second City improvisational comedy troupe in Toronto. In addition, she began her significant television role in 1976-1984, starring opposite Dan Aykroyd and John Candy in the main cast of the sitcom Coming Up Rosie. The following year, 1976-1984, Catherine and Candy started work on the sketch comedy series Second City Television, drawing acritical acclaim for both her work as a comedic actress and writer. O’Hara won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1981.
Catherine O’Hara Career
O’Hara began her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of The Second City in her hometown, Toronto. She was a fill-in for Gilda Radner until Radner left for Saturday Night Live. After two years, this theatre troupe created the sketch comedy show SCTV, whereby, O’Hara became a regular performer.
In addition, in the late 1970s, Catherine provided voice-overs for various cartoons, work that continued throughout her career. In the early 1980s, when SCTV was torn between network deals, O’Hara was hired to replace Ann Risley when Saturday Night Live was being equipped in 1981. However, she left the without ever appearing live on air, choosing to go back to SCTV after the show signed on with NBC.
Apart from SCTV, O’Hara began her television career in the mid-1970s. She appeared in the 1976 television film The Rimshots, the children’s television series Coming Up Rosie for one year, as well as television specials, such as Witch’s Night Out and Intergalactic Thanksgiving. Her performances on SCTV earned her fame in Canada, the reason why she returned to the show. She returned as an actress and also as a writer for both SCTV and SCTV Network 90, which led her to receive an Emmy Award for outstanding writing and two Emmy Award nominations. Additionally, she has written for SCTV Channel.
Catherine starred in various television series and television films and continues to work in television. In the 1990s, she made guest appearances on Oh Baby, Tales from the Crypt, Morton & Hayes, and The Larry Sanders Show. She worked as an actress and director on Dream On and The Outer Limits. Moreover, O’Hara guest-starred on top-rated television series like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Six Feet Under. In May 2008, it was declared that she had signed on to star in the upcoming ABC dramedy Good Behavior. O’Hara’s role in the 2010 television film, Temple Grandin, earned her three award nominations: a Satellite Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Similarly, Catherine has a successful career in film. She made her first appearance in the 1980 film Double Negative, which also starred her SCTV co-stars Eugene Levy, John Candy, and Joe Flaherty. Through the 1980s and 1990s, she starred in many supporting roles.
She continued to appear in many films in the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century. She had roles in four of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films, three of which earned her awards and nominations. The 1999’s The Life Before This role won her a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Besides, she appeared in the tenth series of the UK version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? In 2006, she starred alongside Christina Ricci in the fantasy film Penelope.
O’Hara served as a voice artist in a number of animated movies, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Chicken Little, Over the Hedge, Monster House, Bartok the Magnificent, Brother Bear 2, and The Addams Family.
Furthermore, from 2015 to 2020, Catherine starred alongside Eugene Levy, whom she met on the set of Second City Television, as Moira Rose in the CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek. This performance earned her five Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2020. As well, she appeared as Dr. Georgina Orwell in the first season of the Netflix black comedy-drama series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, which premiered in 2017. Additionally, she was the only cast member from the 2004 film adaptation to be re-cast in the TV series.
Catherine O’Hara Age
O’Hara is 67 years old. She was born Catherine Anne O’Hara on March 4, 1954, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She celebrates her birthday on the 4th of March every year. Additionally, her star sign is Pisces.
Catherine O’Hara Family
O’Hara was born in 1954 to her parents in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is the sixth among seven children. She was raised a catholic and her descent is Irish.
Her sister Mary Margaret O’Hara is a singer-songwriter. O’Hara holds dual U.S and Canadian citizenship.
Catherine went to Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute, where she met fellow comedian Robin Duke.
Catherine O’Hara Husband
O’Hara is married to Bo Welch since 1992. The duo has two sons, Matthew and Luke. The couple resides in Los Angeles, California.
Catherine O’Hara Height
O’Hara stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m) and weighs 57 kg. As well, she has light blond hair color and light blue eye color.
Catherine O’Hara Salary
O’Hara receives an annual salary of $1.28 Million
Catherine O’Hara Net Worth
O’Hara has an estimated net worth of $10 million.