Katey Sagal has been a part of the television industry for more than 50 years. Over the duration, Sagal has been through many highs and lows, which included her multiple marriages.
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The versatile actress and singer became a household name back in the 1980s by playing the role of the brazen and undomesticated Peg Bundy in Married… with Children (1987).
The phenomenal actress had been acting from the young age of 5 years. The show alone won her three Golden Globes Awards and two American Comedy Award nominations.
In a lot of cases, a popular role becomes an actor’s identity throughout their career, but Katey Sagal was able to assert her talent in other shows and through other characters. She went on to star in television shows and sitcoms that got her nationwide attention.
In 2008, she became a part of the series Sons of Anarchy. Her portrayal won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in Television Series- Drama.
Her musical career was just as interesting as her acting one. She started performing with the band called The Group With No Name. The band caught a break after she hooked up with KISS rock band’s Gene Simmons.
Apart from that, she got to sing backup for legendary singers like Etta Jones, Bob Dylan, Olivia Newton-John, Tanya Tucker, etc. She was also one of Bette Midler’s Harlettes who got to perform live with her in the late 1970s and 1980s.
It was while she was performing on stage in 1985 that she got spotted by agents. From that point onwards, she focused mainly on acting. However, she never lost the love she had for music and released an album called Room in 2004.
Now that we know about her professional life, let us explore her marriages.
Beckmeier and Sagal got married in 1977. Their marital relations did not live long as they parted ways in 1981 after around 4 years together. Freddie Beckmeier and his brother Stephen Beckmeier were founding members of their band Full Moon.
Freddie Beckmeier was also a member of Paul Butterfield’s Blues band as a bassist. Before him, Sagal was dating Gene Simmons from the band KISS. The story goes that Freddie proposed to Sagal when she was with Gene Simmons. She told Simmons about the proposal and said that if Freddie did not want to marry her, she would accept Beckmeier’s proposal.
Simmons laughed it off and that become the deciding factor for Sagal to dump him and get married to Beckmeier.
While the two of them were together, Sagal did not work as an actor, instead she worked as a backing vocalist for Simmon’s solo album. It was during that time that she also become a member of the Harlettes and toured alongside Linda Hart and Franny McCartney.
Fred Lombardo was Katey Sagal’s second husband. They got married 5 years after her first divorce. Lombardo was also a musician and actor. He appeared in the 1994 movie called Love Is A Gun.
Unfortunately for them, this marriage did not last long either. The couple was together for three years before they split up and got divorced in 1989. At that time, Sagal was working her way up the film industry. It is believed that the success of Sagal’s show Sons of Anarchy had an impact on their marriage.
During the time that they were married, Sagal was hard at work. She also appeared in the TV series Mary and the movies Made To Order and The Good Mother.
In between all of this, she nabbed the life-changing role in Married with Children. She played the role of a sex-starved, smart-mouthed, self-indulgent wife of shoe salesman Al, played by Ed O’Neill. Her character Peg Bundy was also a mother to a ditsy daughter Kelly played by Christina Applegate and a lazy son Bud played by David Faustino.
Sagal was busy with the movies and the series for the first two years of marriage. After her divorce with Fred Lombardo, she continued working. Although Sagal was quite busy, she did not stay single for long after her second divorce.
One year after her divorce from her second husband, Sagal found comfort in the arms of Jack White, a drummer for the band Steppenwolf. After a whirlwind of romance, the two got hitched in 1993. In 1991, Sagal was pregnant with her first child, a daughter that they named Ruby.
Tragically, Ruby was stillborn at 8 months. It was a very difficult time for them both. Sagal said “It was a very difficult thing. I lost a child at almost eight months, and I could not wrap my brain around it,” she said. Sagal also added that she struggled with the news for a long time and wondered if she “had done something wrong”.
Her pregnancy had been written into her character on Married With Children. But with respect to Sagal, it was later dismissed as a dream sequence.
The couple went on to have two more children, a daughter Sarah Grace in 1994 and a son Jackson James in 1996. The two of them got divorced citing “incorrigible differences”. However, the reason for their divorce was not made public.
Sutter and Sagal met through some mutual friends. Sutter took a liking to Sagal and asked her out for coffee. She said yes but forgot about it.
Recalling it, she said in an interview that “I was kind of was out of touch because I had my little kids and was running around with my children. And then he called me like a couple of months later and asked me to coffee, and we went and kind of never left each other after that.”
When they went on their first coffee date together, Sagal was in recovery from substance abuse and she took her sponsor with her as she did not trust Sutter yet. However, after the coffee date, the two of them were inseparable.
They went on to get married in 2004. The two lovebirds happily welcomed daughter Esme in 2007 through a surrogate. They tried to go about it the traditional way and through the whole in-vitro fertilization process, and our embryos were not strong”.
Kurt Sutter may not be from the world of music but he is a known name still. He is an actor, producer, and writer. His works as a writer for TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, and Southpaw are widely appreciated. Not many people know that he was also the creator and writer for Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC.
Memoire and Drug Abuse
Katey Sagal came out with her explosive memoir in 2017 where she talked about her singing career, acting, the death of her parents and the many struggles in between.
However, one of the most prominent parts of the memoir turned out to be about her struggle with substance abuse. “I had a drug and alcohol problem that lasted through my 20s,” she said in her memoir. She admitted that she used to be around people who had the same or much bigger problems.
It wasn’t until she met someone through chance who was sober that she realized that life would be possible too. By that time, she was addicted to diet pills that she had been on since she was a teenager. Combined with marijuana, alcohol, a little bit of acid and cocaine, she was quickly headed down a dark path.
Thankfully, she sought help at the right time and she has been clean for more than 30 years now. But she still takes it one day at a time. In the memoir, she said that “What I’ve learned is that I can do anything for 24 hours”.
Sagal made headlines again in 2021. She appeared in the news after being hit by a car in Los Angeles. She was rushed to the hospital while the person who hit her sped away. Sagal was crossing the street when a car taking a left turn hit her. The investigation was underway, but so far no news of citations or arrests have come out.
The star was fine and spent the next few months recovering with friends and family by her side.
The veteran actor has led a very interesting and fulfilling life. She sang backup for the greats like Bob Dylan and toured with the Harlettes. Then, she went on to have a super-successful run as an actress. Now she is happily married to the love of her life with her children by her side.
Even though she has been a part of numerous tv shows and reunions, she has no plans to star in any reunions or spin-offs of Married With Children”. She has lived a fulfilled life and recently added the label of being an ‘author’ to her many accolades.
But she is not done yet, She continues to follow her passion when it comes to music or acting. Recently, her movie Torn Hearts was released. She can be seen talking about the movie and promoting it on her Instagram.
The movie is about a country music duo who seek out a private mansion that belonged to their idol. But they are confronted with horror which makes them wonder how far they would be willing to go to realize their dreams .