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As one of the leading lights of the Canadian sketch comedy show "Second City TV" (aka "SCTV"), Catherine O'Hara more than held her own in a cast that included funnymen John Candy and Martin Short.

Born March 4, 1954, in Toronto, O'Hara parlayed that success into a career encompassing television, film and voice work. Building on her "Second City" exposure, O'Hara played the family matriarch in Beetlejuice (1988) and the popular Home Alone franchise. She also lent her voice to animated features such as The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Over the Hedge (2006).

In 1996, O'Hara starred in the indie classic Waiting for Guffman -- the first of three mockumentaries she would make with director Christopher Guest, including Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003). An Emmy winner for her writing contributions to "SCTV," O'Hara was later nominated for her acting skills in the HBO drama Temple Grandin (2010).

Catherine O'Hara in Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

2010 NR

Emmy winner Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a brilliant young woman coping with the stigma of autism at a time when it was misunderstood. With the support of her loving family, Temple dedicates herself to learning and becomes a famed animal behaviorist. Her passion for animals gives her a unique ability to understand them, and she fulfills her love of education by teaching about autism and the most humane ways to treat livestock and pets.

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