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Catherine O'Hara

Actor Date of birth 4th March 1954
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Year of debut 1980
First feature film Double Negative
Biography

Catherine O’Hara first worked as a waitress at Second City’s comedy bar before joining the comedy troupe at the age of 20. In 1988 she got notice for her role in Beetlejuice. She is well known for her role as Macaulay Culkin’s mother in the Home Alone movies. She subsequently voiced the part of Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas. She has starred in movies ranging from The Last Of The High Kings to Away We Go. In 2007, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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Catherine O'Hara's films

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Packshot for the film Home Alone
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
99 Mins
Released
1990

An eight-year-old (Macaulay Culkin) is left at home when his family go on holiday and he is forced to defend his house from idiotic burglars. Comic violence.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film Beetlejuice
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
89 Mins
Released
1988

A ghostly couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) hire a crude spirit (Michael Keaton) to get rid of the humans living in their house. Contains some graphic humorous horror.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Where The Wild Things Are
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
97 Mins
Released
2009

A boy enters the imaginary world of the Wild Things. With Forest Whitaker, Chris Cooper and James Gandolfini. Directed by Spike Jonze. Contains mild threat and brief violence.

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Did you know?

  • Catherine O'Hara was born with the condition Situs Inversus with Dextrocardia meaning that her heart is on the right side of her body.
  • She married Bo Welch in 1992. He directed The Cat In The Hat and was the production designer of the Men In Black movies. They have two sons together.
  • In 1982 she won an Emmy for her comedy writing on Second City's SCTV.
  • Her sister is singer/songwriter Mary Margaret O'Hara.
  • She met John Candy while performing with Second City. They became close friends. She gave a eulogy at his funeral.