Catherine Anne O’Hara is an award-winning Canadian actress, comedian, and writer.
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Catherine O’Hara is a Canadian actress, comedian, and writer. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Genie Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and six Canadian Screen Awards.
Catherine Anne O’Hara was born on 4 March 1954 and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. O’Hara started her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of The Second City in her hometown, Toronto. She was part of the main cast in the sitcom Coming Up Rosie (1975–1978). The following year, O’Hara and Candy began work on the sketch comedy series Second City Television (1976–1984), where she drew critical acclaim for both her work as a comedic actress and as a writer, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1981.
O’Hara has appeared in several films by director Tim Burton and writer-director Christopher Guest. Her performance in For Your Consideration (2006) won her the National Board of Review’s Best Supporting Actress award and a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2000, she won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her work in the crime drama film The Life Before This.
She is also known to audiences for her role as Kate McCallister, the mother of Kevin, in the Christmas comedy film Home Alone (1990) and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
In 2010, O’Hara was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Satellite Award for her portrayal of Aunt Ann in Temple Grandin. For her work on the television series Schitt’s Creek (2015–2020), she has won five consecutive Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and has earned two Emmy Award nominations, winning in 2020.