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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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worked at home and looked after their two now teenage daughters and son.
Tragedy struck the show when John Ritter died unexpectedly in 2003. Katey Sagal and the rest of the show's cast and crew were devastated by the loss. The network decided to continue with the series and incorporated Ritter's death into the show by having his character died. As the show's central character, Cate Hennessy mourned the loss of her husband, comforted her children, and tried to move forward with her life. Other family members played by David Spade and James Garner were brought in later. It ended in 2005.
After the show's cancellation, Sagal made several television guest appearances on such popular shows as Lost and Boston Legal. She also lent her voice to Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007). Sagal returned to series television in 2008 with a recurring role on legal comedy Eli Stone and a leading role on the motorcycle club drama Sons of Anarchy. In addition to her acting career, Katey Sagal has recorded two albums: Well... (1994) and Room (2004).
Katey Sagal is married to writer-producer Kurt Sutter. The couple wed in 2004 and welcomed daughter Esmé Louise in 2007 with the help of a surrogate. Sagal has two children, Sarah and Jackson, from her second marriage to Jack White, which lasted from 1993 to 2000. She had been married previously to Freddie Beckmeier from 1978 to 1981.
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