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The Kate Mulgrew Interview (Page 1 of 4)

An Interview with Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew
Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished stage and screen actress most famous for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Ryan's Hope as Mary Ryan. Her multiple awards for acting including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and is a tremendous family caregiving advocate. Kate’s mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.

Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with Kate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were both featured speakers at the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter’s annual conference.

Gary Barg:  You are an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.   Could you tell us how you got involved and what your feelings are?

Kate Mulgrew:  I clearly got involved because it has affected me personally.  My mother died of this disease about four years ago.  It took her about nine years to die.  I thought that the journey was so significantly awful that if I could elucidate it for anyone else, if I could somehow clarify it or ease it, I needed to step up to the plate.  So it is a small, but I hope, an important way of giving something back.  My mother shaped me.  If I am anything, certainly in terms of my goodness, it is because of my mother.

Gary Barg:  Tell me about your mother, Joan.  She was a magnificent artist.

Kate Mulgrew:  She was a wonderful artist; but more importantly, she was the mother of eight children.  She was an iconoclast.  She was a maverick.  She was probably the best read person I have ever known.  She was amusing.  She was irreverent.  She was smart.  She was marvelous.  We went all over the world many times.  She never missed a shoot.  She never missed a play.  She never missed a performance, and that is something to say when you have seven other children.  She was not unfamiliar with great sorrow.  She buried two of my sisters, which I think does not play a small role in traumatizing the brain in some way.  All of this will be discovered; all of this will be unearthed, I hope in our lifetime, Gary.  At any rate, she got this disease when she was 70-71 and it was just downhill.

Gary Barg:  What are the great challenges you see for Alzheimer’s caregivers?

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