Kathryn Harrold, affectionately referred to as Kitty by her fans and well-wishers alike, is best remembered for her female lead roles in films like The Hunter. The retired American actress, who is currently practicing as a counselor in Los Angeles, California, was a titan in Hollywood in the 80s. In the span of her career, she appeared alongside actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Luciano Pavarotti, and Steve McQueen. She is the last actress to appear alongside the legendary Steve McQueen before his death.
For the uninitiated, Steve McQueen was an American actor nicknamed “The King of Cool” due to his antihero persona developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s. This ended up making him very much sought after in TV and films during the 60s and the 70s. Unfortunately, the actor passed away due to complications arising from a rare form of cancer.
Kathryn Harrold’s Movies and Career
The actress started her career in 1975 when she got a role in The Doctors. During her career, she appeared in several made for television movies, most notably – Women in White (1979), Vampire (1979), Bogie (1980), in which she played movie legend, Lauren Bacall, reportedly against Bacall’s wishes, and the HBO film Dead Solid Perfect (1988) opposite Randy Quaid. In 1988, Kathryn Harrold starred in Man Against the Mob with George Peppard. It was aired on NBC as a TV movie.
Her appearances on television have been quite numerous. The years 1978 and 1979 saw Kathryn Harrold cast in the role of a blind psychiatrist in several episodes of The Rockford Files. Her next series appearance would occur in the early 1990s. From 1991 to 1993, she co-starred alongside Regina Taylor and Sam Waterston in the NBC period drama, I’ll Fly Away. She later joined in as a regular cast member on The Larry Sanders Show, playing Francine Sanders. In the late 1990s, Kathryn had the recurring role in the CBS medical drama, Chicago Hope, and the following years, she guest-starred on The Practice, Judging Amy, CSI: NY, and Desperate Housewives.
Kathryn Harrold’s other movie credits include Nightwing (1979), Steve McQueen’s The Hunter (1980), The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981), The Sender (1982), Modern Romance (1981), Yes, Giorgio (1982), and Raw Deal (1986) with Arnold Schwarzenegger as her co-star in the latter.
Five things You Didn’t Know About Kathryn Harrold
1. Background Information
Kathryn Harrold was born in Tazewell, Virginia, the United States on the 2nd of August 1950. She is the daughter of B.H. Harrold and Carolyn Harrold. Regrettably, there is no information regarding her childhood or her siblings. She attended Mills College in Oakland, California, USA, majoring in drama. Kathryn Harrold studied drama at Herbert Berghof Studio in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City. She holds an American nationality and her ethnicity is Caucasian.
2. Career Beginnings
Kathryn Harrold’s first-ever appearance in the show business was in 1975 when she played the role of Nola Dancy Aldrich in The Doctors, an American television soap opera starring James Pritchett, Elizabeth Hubbard, and David O’Brien. She played the role for two years before being replaced by Kathleen Turner. She then appeared in a couple of television movies and one television show before getting her first lead role in a film.
3. Her Marriage and Husband
Kathryn Harrold married Lawrence O’Donnell, the former Democratic Chief of Staff for the Senate Finance Committee, on the 14th of February 1994. They later divorced in 2013 but share a daughter named Elizabeth Buckley Harrold O’Donnell.
Lawrence O’Donnell was the Democratic Chief of Staff for the Senate Finance Committee from 1993 to 1995, which was during the Clinton Administration. He was also a long-time (1995-2010) political analyst on MSNBC, before getting his show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC. As a political commentator, Lawrence O’Donnell has a history of hard-edged remarks and controversial statements for which he has had to issue retractions and apologies. He describes himself as a “practical European socialist.”
4. Other Career Moves
In 2011, prior to her divorce in 2013, Kathryn Harrold graduated with a Master’s degree from Antioch University in Los Angeles and is now a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California.
5. Height and Body Measurements
Kathryn Harrold stands at more than average height with 5 feet 9 inches. Additionally, she weighs 64 Kg and has general body measurements of 33-24-33 inches. Kathryn sports brown eyes with light brown hair.