An Interview with Kate Mulgrew
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