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
You are an advocate for the
Alzheimer’s Association. Could you
tell us how you got involved and
what your feelings are?
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
Tell me about your mother, Joan.
She was a magnificent artist.
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
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