Catherine Hicks was born in New York, raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, and received her MFA in acting from Cornell University. During her first week in New York as a newly trained actor, she got a lead in the soap opera Ryan’s Hope but was determined to maintain her dream of theatre. A year later she was in the Broadway play Tribute with Jack Lemmon.
Wanting to also stay true to her love of movies, she turned down offers for TV comedy series and finally landed the remake of The Razors Edge (1984) with Bill Murray. Next were Sidney Lumet’s Garbo Talks (1984) and Richard Brooks’s Fever Pitch (1985), with Ryan O’Neal. While studying at The Actors Studio in New York, she met with the producers of Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). She was thrilled to work with Francis Ford Coppola, having longed to experience how he directed his actors. Next were the lead role of a whale protector in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Child’s Play (1988), in which she was excited to work with Chris Sarandon and Brad Dourif. On the latter set, she noticed the young creator of Chucky—Kevin Yagher—and they’ve been married for 30 years. She would go on to appear in numerous television series, including The Bad News Bears, Tucker’s Witch, and as Annie Camden on The WB’s drama 7th Heaven, the longest-running family show in history.