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, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and also in the mockumentary films written and directed by Christopher Guest including Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. Most lately, she has appeared in the 2010 film Killers and the HBO movie Temple Grandin, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Life and career

O'Hara was born in Toronto, Ontario in a large Irish family,[1] and was raised Roman Catholic.[2] She started her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of The Second City in her native Toronto.[3] She was an understudy for Gilda Radner until she left for Saturday Night Live. Two years later, this theatre troupe created the sketch comedy show SCTV, for which O'Hara 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.[4][5][6] 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 numerous films in the 1980s and the 1990s, including After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. 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.[7] On February 28, 2010 she spoke at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Personal life

A naturalized U.S. citizen,[8] O'Hara married to production designer/director Bo Welch since 1992, with whom she 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, a congenital condition in which the major visceral organs are reversed or mirrored from their normal positions.[9]

Celebrities impersonated on SCTV


Year Film title Character or role
1980 Easter Fever (TV) Scarlett O'Hare (voice only)
1983 Rock & Rule Aunt Edith (voice only)
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 (voice only)
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
The Outer Limits (TV) Becka Paulson
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 (voice only)
2006 For Your Consideration Marilyn Hack
Monster House DJ's Mother (voice only)
Brother Bear 2 Kata (voice only)
Over The Hedge Penny (voice only)
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses Duchess Rowena (voice only)
2008 Penelope Jessica Wilhern
2009 Away We Go Gloria Farlander
Where the Wild Things Are Judith (voice only)
Glenn Martin, DDS (TV series) Jackie Martin (voice only)
Curb your Enthusiasm (TV series) Bam Bam Funkhouser
2010 Temple Grandin (TV) Aunt Ann
Killers Mrs. Kornfeldt
Winx Club Roxy



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