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Catherine Hicks

Catherine Hicks
Hicks in 2005
Born Catherine Mary Hicks
(1951-08-06) August 6, 1951
New York, New York, U.S.
Alma mater St. Mary's College
Cornell University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Kevin Yagher (m. 1990)
Children 1

Catherine Mary Hicks (born August 6, 1951) is an American television, film, and stage actress. She is known for her role as Annie Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. Other notable roles have been: Dr. Faith Coleridge on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope (1976–78), her Emmy-nominated performance as Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980), Dr. Gillian Taylor in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), and Karen Barclay in Child's Play (1988).


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Television 4.1
    • Film 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Hicks was born in New York City, the daughter of Jackie, a homemaker, and Walter Hicks, an electronics salesman.[1] She is of Irish and English ancestry.[2] Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona during her childhood.[3] She was a cheerleader at Gerard Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona and a member of The National Honor Society (NHS).[4] She graduated in 1969. After attending Saint Mary's College (Indiana), where she studied English Literature and Theology, Hicks won a prestigious acting fellowship[5] to Cornell University. While at Cornell, she was a member of the Ithaca Repertory Theater Company.[6]


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. A year and half later, she left her role on Ryan's Hope when she was cast to star alongside Jack Lemmon (as Scottie) in Bernard Slade's 1978 Broadway play, Tribute,[7] in which she played the young model Sally Haines,[8][9] who Scottie sets up with his estranged son (Robert Picardo). That same year, she starred as Valerie in the CBS TV movie and TV series pilot called Sparrow.[10]

When Tribute ended, Hicks moved to California and co-starred on the 1979–80 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 Love For Rent (1979), and as Beth, a camp counselor in CBS's 1980 film To Race the Wind, based on the Harold Krents' autobiography.[11][12] In 1980, Hicks beat out hundreds of actresses for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in ABC's $3.5 million production, Marilyn: The Untold Story, based on the Norman Mailer best seller.[13] She earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-series or Movie for her portrayal of the legendary star.[14]

In 1981, Hicks starred in CBS's remake of Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, as Anne Wells, an entertainment lawyer, and James Corburn's protege. She made her feature film debut in the 1982 thriller, Death Valley as Peter Billingsley's mom, Sally. That same year, she starred as Sable in the motion picture Better Late Than Never.

After passing on TV series Private Benjamin, Foul Play, and Cagney and Lacey,[15] Hicks took the lead role as Amanda Tucker in the 12-episode detective series Tucker's Witch opposite Tim Matheson as Rick Tucker. The program aired on CBS from October 6, 1982, sporadically into August, 1983. In 1983, she played Lisa Sage and co-starred with John Schneider in CBS's romantic comedy movie, Happy Endings.[16]

In Sidney Lumet's 1984 film, Garbo Talks, Hicks was aspiring-actress Jane Mortimer. Hicks also played Bill Murray's socialite finacee, Isabel, in the 1984 remake of The Razor's Edge. For her work in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Hicks received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[17] That same year, she played Carol Heath in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married. In 1987's Like Father Like Son, Hicks played Dr. Amy Larkin. In March 1987, Hicks hosted the 59th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony.[18]

In 1988, she played businesswoman Ella Frazier in the Yugoslavian comedy Tajna manastirske rakije (also released under the titles Cognac and Secret Ingredient).[19] Hicks co-starred with Christopher Plummer, as his estranged daughter, Tina Boyer, in the Showtime movie channel's 1988 movie, Souvenir.[20] She played Karen Barclay in the 1988 horror film Child's Play. Her performance won her a 1988 Best Actress Saturn Award.[21] In 1989, she starred opposite Tony Danza in She's Out of Control as his girlfriend, Janet Pearson.

In 1991, she co-starred in the Fox-TV comedy-fantasy movie, Hi Honey - I'm Dead as Carol Stadler. She played Allison Ploutzer in the 1992, Jeff Franklin ABC comedy pilot, Up To No Good.[22] She starred with John Bedford Lloyd in the 1993 ABC comedy pilot,The Circle Game as the mother, and schoolteacher, Nancy.[23] She played Jeannie Barker in the Aaron Spelling primetime soap opera Winnetka Road,[24] which had a six-episode tryout on NBC in 1994.[25] Also that same year, Hicks played the wife in the pilot for The Martin Short Show. Going into production, after the concept of the character was changed, she was replaced by Jan Hooks.[26] She played Julia Riordan, opposite John Lithgow and Lea Salonga, in the 1995 ABC Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Redwood Curtain.[27]

In 1996, she was cast as Annie Camden on The WB's family drama 7th Heaven, and she portrayed the role until the series ended, after 11 seasons, in 2007. In 1997, Hicks played flight attendant, Maggie, one of Ray Liotta's victims in Turbulence. The same year, Hicks played next door neighbor, Ms. Lewis, in Michael Davis' coming-of-age film, Eight Days a Week.

In 2008, Hicks also starred in Lifetime Movie Network's Poison Ivy: The Secret Society as Dean Elisabeth Graves. In the 2009 Lifetime Movie Network film, Stranger with My Face, 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.[28] Again in 2009, she played therapist, Dr. Rosen, in the WB's online series, Pushed.[29] Hicks is featured in My Name Is Jerry, an independent film shot mostly in Muncie, Indiana. Hicks won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role from the 2009 International Filmmakers Festival for her portrayal as Dana.[30]

In 2010, Hicks received positive reviews for her role as Hildegarde, in playwright Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood.[31] 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).[32] She played Jean in the 2011 Lifetime Movie Network movie, Borderline Murder.[33] Hicks played bartender, Rose, who attracted the attention of Elliott Gould in the 2011 film Dorfman in Love.[34] Hicks co-starred as Anna Walker in the 2011 Walmart and Procter & Gamble Family Movie Night drama on NBC called Game Time: Tackling the Past[35] with Beau Bridges and Ryan McPartlin. She joined actors Noah Wyle, Virginia Madsen, Mike Farrell, and others in a September, 2011 reading of Windows on the World,[36] by Colette Keen, at Hollywood's Stella Adler Theatre, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In November 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.[37] Hicks played Ellen in the 2011 Hallmark Channel movie A Christmas Wedding Tail.[38]

In May, 2012, Hicks played Annette Bramble in the Lifetime Network movie Shadow of Fear.[39] Also in May, 2012, and into June, she performed in the play Princess, in The Blank Theatre Company's 20th Annual Young Playwrights Festival at The Stella Adler Theatre.[40] In December, 2012, she played Marla Sokoloff's mother, Shirley, in the ION Television original movie, A Christmas Wedding Date.[41] She played Linda, a mother whose young adult son has terminal cancer, in the 2013 film, Reach.[42] Hicks was one of the eight actresses in the 2015 Showtime documentary, That Gal... Who Was in That Thing, as she shared her experiences and challenges of being a female actor.[43]

Personal life

Hicks was engaged to journalist Jeff Silverman in the mid-1980s. The engagement ended.[44] She 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. Hicks and Yagher were married on May 19, 1990. The two have a daughter named Caitlin,[45] who was born in 1992.[46] Hicks is a devout Roman Catholic. [47]

Since the 1987/88 academic school year,[48] the University of Notre Dame has given the Catherine Hicks Award to a graduating senior for outstanding work in theatre arts.[49]

Catherine is an alumna of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.[50]

In 2005, Hicks appeared in a national public service announcement for Catholic Relief Services.[51] She received the 2006 Padre Pio Award from the Capuchin Franciscan Friars for her efforts as Catholic Relief Services spokesperson and Darfur relief.[52]

In 2010, she made appearances in several public service announcements for the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU).[53] 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.[54] Catherine is a trustee on the Hollywood Arts. Council.[55]

Hicks appeared in another public service announcement for Catholic Relief Services in 2015.[56]



Year Title Role Notes
1976–1978 Ryan's Hope Dr. Faith Coleridge Contract role (210 episodes)
1978 Sparrow Valerie Movie
1979 Love for Rent Annie Movie
1979–1980 Bad News Bears, TheThe Bad News Bears Dr. Emily Rappant Main role (26 episodes)
1980 To Race the Wind Beth Movie
1980 Marilyn: The Untold Story Marilyn Monroe Movie
1981 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls Ann Welles Movie
1982–1983 Tucker's Witch Amanda Tucker Main role (12 episodes)
1983 Happy Endings Lisa Sage Movie
1987 Laguna Heat Jane Algernon Movie
1988 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself Guest
1989 Spy Angela Berk Movie
1990 Running Against Time Laura Whittaker Movie
1991 Hi Honey – I'm Dead Carol Stadler Movie
1992 Up to No Good Allison Ploutzer TV Sitcom Pilot
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Lauren Ridgeway Episode: "Guardian Angel"
1994 Winnetka Road Jeannie Barker Main role (6 episodes)
1994 The Martin Short Show Wife TV Sitcom Pilot #1
1995 Redwood Curtain Julia Riordan Movie
1995 Burke's Law Pamela Crawford Episode: "Who Killed the Lifeguard?"
1996–2007 7th Heaven Annie Camden Main role (242 episodes)
1997 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Herself Guest
2000 For All Time Kristen Movie
2008 Poison Ivy: The Secret Society Elisabeth Movie
2009 Pushed Dr. Rosen Series
2009 Stranger with My Face Shelley Stratton Movie
2010 Elf Sparkle and the Special Red Dress Snowdorable (voice) Movie
2011 Boderline Murder Jean Movie
2011 Game Time: Tackling the Past Anna Walker Movie
2011 Christmas Wedding Tail, AA Christmas Wedding Tail Ellen Movie
2012 Shadow of Fear Annette Bramble Movie
2012 Christmas Wedding Date, AA Christmas Wedding Date Shirley Movie
2015 Win, Lose, or Love Dot Movie
2015 A Christmas Reunion Aunt Movie


Year Film Role Notes
1982 Death Valley Sally
1983 Better Late Than Never Sable
1984 Garbo Talks Jane Mortimer
1984 Razor's Edge, TheThe Razor's Edge Isabel Bradley
1985 Fever Pitch Flo
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Carol Heath
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Dr. Gillian Taylor
1987 Like Father Like Son Dr. Amy Larkin
1988 Cognac Ella Frazier
1988 Child's Play Karen Barclay
1989 Souvenir Tina Boyer
1989 She's Out of Control Janet Pearson
1991 Child's Play 3 Karen Barclay
1991 Liebestraum Mary Parker
1995 Dillinger and Capone Abigail
1995 Animal Room Mrs. Mosk
1997 Turbulence Maggie
1997 Eight Days a Week Ms. Lewis
2009 My Name Is Jerry Dana Holderman
2009 Truth About Layla, TheThe Truth About Layla Eleanor
2010 Genesis Code, TheThe Genesis Code Myra Allitt
2011 Your Love Never Fails Judge Cramer Video
2011 Ghost Phone: Phone Calls from the Dead Gertrude
2011 Dorfman in Love Rose
2011 You're a Wolf Mom Short film
2013 Reach Linda
2014 Dog Who Saved Easter, TheThe Dog Who Saved Easter Cressida
2015 That Gal...Who Was In That Thing Herself Documentary


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  2. ^ Irish People and Ireland - Irish news, events in Ireland, Irish culture, genealogy, music, Ireland travel
  3. ^ Interview in Ability Magazine
  4. ^ American Cheerleader Magazine December 2001 issue/ Article "Spirit Lost - and Found”
  5. ^ University of Notre Dame Archives/Theatre Chronology – July 1974 -“The Miser” Notes
  6. ^ Afternoon TV Magazine March 1977 issue – Article “I don't care about being wealthy”
  7. ^ Ocala Star-Banner - 'Ryan's Hope' Survives Loss Of Most Of Its Stars
  8. ^ The Christian Science Moinitor : Lemmon starring in Slade comedy
  9. ^ The Pittsburg Press: Lemmon's 'Tribute' Has Tears, Laughter
  10. ^ The Robesonian - Randy Herman stars in “Sparrow”
  11. ^ TV Guide Volume 28 /1980 (Google Books)
  12. ^ Cue- the weekly magazine of New Your life (Google Books)
  13. ^ Daytime TV Yearbook Magazine 1981 - Looking Back; Headed For Stardom
  14. ^ Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
  15. ^ Stauton (IL) Star Times/ November 4, 1982 - The Magical Makings of CBS' 'Tucker's Witch'
  16. ^ TV Talk March 1, 1983, Sunday Union
  17. ^ "Awards for 1987" at IMDb
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  19. ^ Cognac (1988) - IMDb
  20. ^ Review Summary of Souvenir, New York Times
  21. ^ The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actress 1988
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  30. ^ "International festival crowns 'My Name is Jerry' for best film, soundtrack, supporting actress" November 17, 2009, University web site
  31. ^ Curtain Up - Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them
  32. ^ It's A Wonderful Movie - A Valentine's Date – Hallmark Channel Movie
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  34. ^ "Tijdlijnfoto's". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  35. ^ "Synopsis of Game Time" at Family Movie
  36. ^ "Mike Farrell, Catherine Hicks and Megan Ward Join WINDOWS ON THE WORLD Reading" September 1, 2011, Broadway
  37. ^ "'Light Up the Sky' leads to hope for full season of Jewish theater" November 19, 2011,
  39. ^ "Shadow of Fear Cast & Characters" at
  40. ^ "20th Annual Young Playwrights Festival Week 1!"
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  46. ^ "Catie Yagher". IMDb. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  47. ^ "'We All Have Tons of Blessings'". Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  48. ^ "Archives of the University of Notre Dame :: Specialized Indexes :: Theatre Chronology". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  49. ^ DB // AgencyND // University of Notre Dame. "Awards // Department of Film, Television and Theatre // University of Notre Dame". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  50. ^ "Method Actors | James Dean | Sally Field | Alec Baldwin | Chris Evans| The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute". 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
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  52. ^ "Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper - News and Features". 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  53. ^ "Children's Advertising Review Unit- Advertising Self Regulation, Online Privacy and More.: CARU Shoots PSA with Catherine Hicks and Siberian Films". 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  54. ^ 7th Heaven" Star Catherine Hicks Teams with Purdue Pharma L.P. and the National Community Pharmacists Association to Help Prevent Prescription Medication Abuse""". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
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