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Actress and singer Katey Sagal is often associated with her role as wife and mother Peg Bundy on the hit comedy Married... With Children.
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A talented singer and actress, Katey Sagal landed a few television movie roles in the early 1970s before focusing on her music career. She worked mostly as a back-up singer, touring with the likes of Olivia Newton-John and Bette Midler. In the 1980s, Sagal returned to acting and landed a role on Mary, a sitcom starring Mary Tyler Moore, set in a Chicago newspaper office. On the short-lived series, she played Jo Tucker, a hard-boiled columnist. Sagal had better luck with her next series, Married... With Children.
During the run of the show, Katey Sagal experienced a personal loss. Eight months pregnant, she lost her baby with boyfriend Jack White in 1991. Her character had been pregnant on the series as well; the show addressed the situation by making all of the episodes with Peg pregnant part of a dream.
After the series ended in 1997, Katey Sagal appeared in television movies and landed a few short-lived sitcom parts. She also branched out in a new direction, lending her voice to the character of Leela, an alien spaceship captain, in the Matt Groening animated series, Futurama. Debuting in 1999, the series lasted for 72 episodes.
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In the 1980s, TV moms began juggling family life with professional careers. Phylicia Rashad played lawyer and mom to a big family on The Cosby Show, and Candace Bergen portrayed a TV news anchor who has an unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock. Judith Light played a busy, single advertising executive on Who's the Boss, and even hired a male housekeeper—who happened to be a single dad. Joanna Kerns played the much-loved mom on Growing Pains, whose husband worked from home so she could go back to working as a reporter. This bending of gender roles reflected more modern family structures, and the new choices that women faced.
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