Katey Sagal skyrocketed into the spotlight in 1987 as Peg Bundy on the now cult-classic TV show Married... with Children. She then earned a place in every nerd's heart as the voice of purple-haired spaceship captain Turanga Leela on Futurama. And she proved her broad appeal by playing an entirely different sort of character as Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy. She's also made memorable appearances on That '70s Show, The Big Bang Theory, and Lost. Sagal has played a character in almost every genre.
While she's played lots of characters, Katey Sagal is more than just a TV star. She reveals some awesome stories in her memoir Grace Notes: My Recollections, showcasing just how interesting her life has been. Her various stories provide a plethora of fascinating Katey Sagal facts that give insight into why she's just so good at playing so many different roles. Get your facts straight and check out these things you never knew about Katey Sagal!
In her 20s, Sagal reportedly struggled with drug abuse, which she discusses at length in her memoir. It started with diet pills but eventually led to cocaine, cannabis, alcohol, and LSD. Eventually, she met someone on set who helped her stop, and she's now been sober for over 30 years.
When Sagal was a teenager, she had a fling with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons. She was a singing waitress at the time, and, in the end, Simmons helped her learn to focus on her career.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said, "He was very instrumental in me getting serious about what I was doing... He was like 'Don't be this kind of insecure person.'"
As a child, Katey Sagal was a big Beatles fan. She was even lucky enough to see them live in concert when she was 11 years old. According to her, it didn't end well: "When I was a kid, George Harrison was my favorite Beatle. I got so hysterical at a concert the police had to escort me home."
Her excitement was captured on video and made the nightly news.
Sagal is gifted with more than acting abilities; she's also a talented musician. In the '70s and '80s, she sang backup vocals for a slew of amazing artists, including Bette Midler, Olivia Newton-John, Molly Hatchet, and Tanya Tucker. She also reportedly sang with Etta James and opened for The Rolling Stones.
Sagal flexes her musical muscles to this day, having released two albums and contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack.