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Catherine Mary Hicks (born August 6 1951) is an Americanmarker actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Annie Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. Catherine Hicks showed off her singing skills on "7th Heaven" in the episode "Red Socks The Musical".

Biography

Personal life

Hicks was born in New York Citymarker, the daughter of Jackie and Walter Hicks, an electronics salesman. She has Irish and English ancestry. Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizonamarker during her childhood. After attending Saint Mary's College marker, across the street from the University of Notre Damemarker, where she studied theology, Hicks won an acting fellowship to Cornell Universitymarker. Hicks, whose parents were practicing Christians, is a devout Roman Catholic. She is married to special effects expert Kevin Yagher and they currently live in the Bel-Air section of Los Angelesmarker. The two have a daughter named Catie, who was born in January 1992.

Career

After graduating from Cornell Universitymarker with a Masters of Fine Arts Degree, Hicks headed to New York in August of 1976 where she immediately got work in television commercials. Two weeks after arriving in NY, she landed her first major TV role as the newly recovered, sweet, and much stronger Dr. Faith Coleridge #3 on ABC's critically acclaimed soap opera, Ryan's Hope. A year and half later, she won the role of the vivacious Sally Haines in Bernard Slade's Broadway play, Tribute , and worked along side of Jack Lemmon. That same year, she also starred in a TV movie and pilot called Sparrow, as Sparrow's friendly, pretty neighbor, and romantic interest, Valerie, credited under the name Cathy Hicks.

When Tribute ended, Hicks moved to California and co-starred on the 1979-1980 CBS sitcom, The Bad News Bears, as the the thoroughly competent Dr. Emily Rappant. She also did TV movies, playing a paid escort in 1979's Love for Rent, and a free-spirited summer camp instructor in 1980's To Race the Wind.

In 1980, Catherine beat out hundreds of actresses for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in ABC's $3.5 million dollar production, Marilyn: The Untold Story. She earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress for her sincere and sensitive characterization of the lonely, troubled blonde sex goddess.

In 1981, Hicks was cast as striving to succeed, in her personal and professional life, entertainment lawyer, Ann Wells, in CBS's remake of Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls. She made her motion picture debut in the 1982 comedy, Better Late Than Never, as Sable, the attractive young gold-digger who catches the eye of wealthy older gentlemen, David Niven and Art Carney. That same year, she played Peter Billingsley 's mom in the thriller, Death Velley.

She took the lead role as Amanda Tucker in the 12-episode detective series Tucker's Witch opposite Tim Matheson as Rick Tucker. Hicks and Matheson were a charming young married couple running a detective agency. The show had a twist with Amanda developing her inherited psychic powers that helped them with their cases or sometimes not.The program aired on CBS from October 6, 1982, sporadically into August, 1983. Also in 1983, she starred with John Schneider 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's 1984 film, Garbo Talks, Catherine was quirky, kind-hearted, aspiring-actress Jane, the woman that enchants co-worker, Ron Silver's Gilbert. Hicks also played Bill Murray's materialistic, socialite girlfriend, Isabel, in the 1984 remake of The Razor's Edge . For her work in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Catherine received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the lovely, intelligent, skeptical, yet deeply devoted cetacean biologist, Dr. Gillian Taylor, who assists the Star Trek crew in their quest. That same year, in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married, she played the beautiful and feisty Carol Heath, one of Peggy Sue's best friends.

In 1987's Like Father Like Son, Hicks played the determined and idealistic Dr. Amy Larkin, a colleague of Dudley Moore's character. Also in 1987, she appeared in the HBO film, a mystery, called Laguna Heat, as the tormented and grief-stricken victim's daughter, Jane Algernon, with whom Harry Hamlin's despairing detective Tom Shephard finds comfort and passion.

And as the mother in the first of the "Chucky" horror film series Child's Play & 2 (in 1988 & 1990). The next year, she starred opposite Tony Danza in the comedy She's Out of Control.

For the first half of the 1990s, Hicks found work in TV movies, but it wasn't until 1996 when she was cast as Annie Camden on The WB's family drama 7th Heaven (opposite fellow Star Trek alum Stephen Collins) that she gained what is arguably her most famous role. 7th Heaven was picked up by The CW Television Network for an 11th season, making it the longest-running family drama on television. The show aired its final episode in May 2007.

Hicks also starred in the Lifetime channel's movie Poison Ivy: The Secret Society in 2008, her first appearance on television post 7th Heaven. Hicks played the dean of a university who is married to a professor and is the mother of a student. The movie gained moderate ratings and reviews.

In 2009, Hicks is featured in in My Name Is Jerry, an independent film shot mostly in Muncie, Indiana. She co-stars with Doug Jones. Catherine won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role from the 2009 International Filmmakers Festival for her role as Dana in the film.

References

  1. The Celebrity Collector - Catherine Hicks
  2. Irish People and Ireland - Irish news, events in Ireland, Irish culture, genealogy, music, Ireland travel
  3. Interview in Ability Magazine
  4. Atlanta Christian Web
Stage Appearances: Sally Haines, TributePresent LaughterMovies Appearances: Love For Rent (1979)- AnnieTo Race The Wind (1980)- BethMarilyn: The Untold Story (1980)- Marilyn MonroeJacqueline Susann's Valley Of The Dolls (1981)- Ann WellesDeath Valley (1982)- SallyHappy Endings (1983)- Lisa SageBetter Late Than Never (1983)- SableGarbo Talks (1984)- Jane MortimerFever Pitch (1985)- FloPeggy Sue Got Married (1986)- Carol HeathStar Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)- Dr.Gillian TaylorLike Father, Like Son (1987)- Dr. Amy LarkinLaguna Heat (1987)- Jane AlgernonSouvenir (1988)- Tina BoyerChild's Play (1988)- Karen BarclaySpy (1989)- Angela BerkSecret Ingredient (1990)- Ella FrazierRunning Against Time (1990)- Laura WhittakerHi Honey, I'm Dead (1991)- Carol StadlerDillinger And Capone (1995)- Abigail DaltonAnimal Room (1995)- Mrs. MoskEight Days A Week (1996)- Ms. LewisTurbulence (1997)- MaggieTelevision Appearances Series: Ryan's Hope (1976-1978)- Dr. Faith ColeridgeThe Bad News Bears (1979-1980)- Dr. Emily RappantTucker's Witch (1982-1983)- Amanda TuckerWinnetka Road (1994)- Jeannie Barker7th Heaven (1996-2007)- Annie CamdenSpecials: The Horror Hall Of Fame (1990)- PresenterUp To No Good (1992)- Allison PloutzerThe Circle Game (1993)- NancyRedwood Curtain (1995)- Julia RiordanEpisodes: Late Night With David Letterman (1988)- HimselfThe Tonight Show With Johnny Carson (1989)- HimselfDiagnosis Murder In This Episode: "Guardian Angel" As Laura Ridgeway (1993)Burke's Law In This Episode "Who Killed The Lifeguard" As Pamela Crawford (1995)Pilots: Sparrow (1978)- Valerie

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