Catherine O’Hara was born on March FOUR, 195FOUR, in Toronto, Ontario, though her heritage may or may not be a contributing factor for the strange quality she brings to her dry comedic design 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 started carrying out in her hometown in 197FOUR, when she first appeared on Second City Television, where she distinguished herself via impersonations. She performed on the program regularly during the mid-’70s, and also wrote for it foundation in 1976. Later that decade, she continued her television experience with voice-overs for cartoons, an endeavor she might revisit throughout her career in some notable roles.
In 1980, she played Audrey in Nothing Personal, and in the mid-’80s played several little roles in feature films, such as Martin Scorsese’s After Hours (1985). In 1988, she built 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 could also later appear in the sequel, residence Alone 2: Lost in unexampled York in 1992).
By this point, O’Hara was well arranged in American popular culture, and she continued to take on innovative 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 coming fromout the 1990s, and in 1996, O’Hara expanded her appeal to provide the indie-film world when she starred in what became a revered independent feature, Christopher Guest’s satirical mockumentary Waiting for Guffman. In House Fries (1998) with Drew Barrymore, she played the role of Mrs. Lever.
Satiric and campy, 2000’s Best in Show showcased different robust performances, allowing for flamboyant and unique characterizations from all cast members, as well as 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 production Committed and Speaking of Sex, and she returned on the big screen in 2002 with a role in Orange County. flourishing as ever in Guest’s subsequent mock-docs A Mighty Wind (2003) and pertaining to Your Consideration (2006), she continued to impress with bit components such possesses 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 fantastic year thanks to an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Mick Jackson’s created-for-HBO biopic Temple Grandin. While the trophy 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 chance to once again work with the quirky director who currently used her to striking impact in some of his most well-liked films.