Born with Teeth: A Memoir

Born with Teeth: A Memoir

by Kate Mulgrew


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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.

Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen.

We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played — Captain Janeway on Star Trek ; the tough-as-nails "Red" on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316334327
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 153,186
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kate Mulgrew is an American actress noted for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope, and, most recently, Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. She has performed in numerous television shows, theater productions, and movies. She is the winner of a Golden Satellite Award, a Saturn Award, and an Obie Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

Table of Contents

List of Photographs xi

Langworthy Avenue 3

Derby Grange 12

Tessie 27

Actress 37

Coming of Age 50

On the Spears 60

This Cup 70

Deliverance 84

Ransom 92

Skating 94

On Thin Ice 105

La Donna e Mobile 112

Sidesaddle 120

Seeking Absolution 130

One Last Time 138

Cut 149

The Handshake 153

The Games We Played 157

On Our Way Home 166

Foxboro Drive 181

Less Traveled By 195

Irish Mist 212

We Begin 221

The Audition 240

Now, Voyager 251

Rubik's Cube 265

Catalyst 270

You Can See the Moon, but the Moon Can't See You 275

Reclamation 283

You Can See the Moon 300

Acknowledgments 305

What People are Saying About This

author of A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY - Haven Kimmel

"The perfectly titled Born With Teeth is a moving, artful memoir. Kate Mulgrew is a fierce and brilliant talent, both on the stage and on the page, and I'm filled with admiration for this wonderful book."

author of RUNNING WITH SCISSORS - Augusten Burroughs

"I was blindsided by the fierce intensity, intelligence and grace of this memoir. Born With Teeth is gorgeously written, breathtakingly honest and impossible to put down."

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