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Catherine O'Hara

Highest Rated:   100% Temple Grandin (2010)
Lowest Rated:   7% Surviving Christmas (2004)
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Birthplace:   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Catherine O'Hara was born on March 4, 1954, in Toronto, Ontario, though her heritage may or may not be a contributing factor to the strange quality she brings to her dry comedic style on the Hollywood screen. While the inspiration for O'Hara's forthright straight-faced demeanor is unknown, she is arguably a one-of-a-kind presence in many American films.O'Hara began acting in her hometown in 1974, when she first appeared on Second City Television, where she distinguished herself through impersonations. She performed on the program regularly during the mid-'70s, and also wrote for it beginning in 1976. Later that decade, she continued her television experience with voice-overs for cartoons, an endeavor she would revisit throughout her career in some notable roles.In 1980, she played Audrey in Nothing Personal, and in the mid-'80s played several small roles in feature films, including Martin Scorsese's After Hours (1985). In 1988, she made a parental splash as Delia Deetz in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, with Winona Ryder playing her morose young goth daughter. Mainstream Hollywood featured O'Hara again two years later in Dick Tracy with Warren Beatty and Madonna. Also in 1990, she returned to big-screen motherhood, this time as mother to Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (and she would also later appear in the sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in 1992).By this point, O'Hara was well established in American popular culture, and she continued to take on creative roles. Revisiting the bizarre darkness of Tim Burton's imaginative projects, she performed the character voices of both Sally and Shock in his animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993. Two years later, her voice-over credentials increased when she played Calamity Jane in Walt Disney's Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill. Her voice work continued throughout the 1990s, and in 1996, O'Hara expanded her appeal to include the indie-film world when she starred in what became a revered independent feature, Christopher Guest's satirical mockumentary Waiting for Guffman. In Home Fries (1998) with Drew Barrymore, she played the role of Mrs. Lever.Satiric and campy, 2000's Best in Show showcased numerous strong performances, allowing for flamboyant and unique characterizations from all cast members, including O'Hara, whose pursed-lipped matter-of-factness instilled personality into Southern dog-owner Cookie Guggelman Fleck. In 2001, O'Hara appeared on the television shows Committed and Speaking of Sex, and she returned to the big screen in 2002 with a role in Orange County. Strong as ever in Guest's subsequent mock-docs A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006), she continued to impress with bit parts such features as Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Penelope, and Away We Go while continuing to do impressive voice work in films like Monster House and Spike Jonze's Where the WIld Things Are. 2010 proved to be a good year thanks to an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Mick Jackson's made-for-HBO biopic Temple Grandin. While the award eluded her, O'Hara remained busy as ever thanks to her role in the cult Nickeledeon hit Glenn Martin DDS. Meanwhile, multiple voice roles in Burton's 2012 feature Frankenweenie offered her the opportunity to once again work with the quirky director who previously used her to striking effect in some of his most popular films.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
91% When Marnie Was There
  • Elderly Lady
$0.5M 2015
12% The Right Kind of Wrong
  • Tess
$2.5k 2014
No Score Yet The Shadow King
  • Actor
2013
50% A.C.O.D.
  • Melissa
$0.2M 2013
87% Frankenweenie
  • Mrs. Frankenstein/Gym Teacher/Weird Girl
$35.3M 2012
10% Killers
  • Mrs. Kornfeldt
$47.1M 2010
100% Temple Grandin
  • Aunt Ann
2010
No Score Yet Cat Tale
  • Actor
2010
73% Where the Wild Things Are
  • Judith
$77.3M 2009
68% Away We Go
  • Gloria
$9.4M 2009
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
51% For Your Consideration
  • Marilyn Hack
$5.5M 2006
No Score Yet Barbie: 12 Dancing Princesses
  • Actor
2006
53% Penelope
  • Jesssica Wilhern
$10.1M 2006
50% Brother Bear 2
  • Kata
2006
74% Monster House
  • DJ's Mom
$73.7M 2006
75% Over the Hedge
  • Penny
$155.1M 2006
36% Chicken Little
  • Tina, Alien Mom
$135.3M 2005
63% Game 6
  • Lillian Rogan
2005
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Justice Strauss
$118.5M 2004
No Score Yet The Wool Cap
  • Gloria
2004
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch
  • Astro Glide
2004
7% Surviving Christmas
  • Christine Valco
$11.2M 2004
88% A Mighty Wind
  • Mickey Devlin Crabbe
$17.5M 2003
No Score Yet Speaking of Sex
  • Connie Barker
2003
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
46% Orange County
  • Cindy Buegler
$41.1M 2002
95% Best in Show
  • Cookie
$16.6M 2000
No Score Yet Bartok the Magnificent
  • Ludmilla
1999
No Score Yet Late Last Night
  • Actor
1999
80% The Life Before This
  • Sheena
1999
31% Home Fries
  • Beatrice
1998
No Score Yet The Last of the High Kings
  • Cathleen
1998
No Score Yet Hope
  • Muriel
1997
43% Pippi Longstocking
  • Mrs.Prysselius
1997
91% Waiting for Guffman
  • Sheila Albertson
1996
50% Tall Tale
  • Calamity Jane
1995
43% A Simple Twist of Fate
  • April Simon
1994
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Allie Earp
1994
88% The Paper
  • Susan
1994
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Sally
$8.7M 1993
27% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Kate
1992
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt)
  • Jessie Lodge
1992
No Score Yet Finn McCoul
  • Actor
1992
56% Home Alone
  • Kate McCallister
1990
50% Betsy's Wedding
  • Gloria Henner
1990
64% Dick Tracy
  • Texie Garcia
1990
No Score Yet Little Vegas
  • Lexie
1990
82% Beetlejuice
  • Delia
1988
47% Heartburn
  • Betty
1986
90% After Hours
  • Gail
$10.7M 1985
No Score Yet The Last Polka
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Rock And Rule
  • Aunt Edith
1983
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Janet Samson
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sofia the First
2013
  • Voice
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Debra Radcliffe
  • 2015
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Face Off
2011
  • Judge
  • 2012
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Bam Bam
  • 2009
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Bam Bam
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2002
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Carol
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Performer
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1992
  • 1991

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