Early life[ edit ] Sagal was born in Los Angeles to a show business family with five children. Three of Sagal's four siblings are actors: Sagal attended California Institute of the Arts to study singing and acting; she began her acting career in Hollywood , appearing in several made-for-TV movies between and One role was as a receptionist in the Columbo installment "Candidate for Crime," which was directed by her father.
Sagal's first major role was as a newspaper columnist in the series Mary —86 starring Mary Tyler Moore. In , Matt Groening chose her to provide the character voice of the purple-haired mutant spaceship captain, Leela , in his science-fiction animated comedy Futurama. The show developed a cult following , but was cancelled after four seasons. The series ended in She starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Tucker in Ritter had completed only three episodes of the second season before his death,  and the show was cancelled in after its third season.
In , she had a role in the season finale of The Winner as Glen Abbot's former teacher, with whom Glen has his first sexual experience. She had previously played the mother of Cuoco's character on 8 Simple Rules. Musical career[ edit ] Sagal started her career in show business as a singer and songwriter. In , she worked as a backing vocalist for various singers, including Bob Dylan and Tanya Tucker.
She was a member of Bette Midler 's backup group The Harlettes in , and again from — Sagal also provided the vocals for "Loose Cannons," the theme song for the movie of the same name featuring Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd.
On April 19, , Sagal released her first solo album, Well On June 1, , she released her second album, Room. This was unexpected, so the pregnancy was written into the storyline of the show. In October , however, she had to have an emergency caesarean section in her seventh month of pregnancy, ending in the stillbirth of a daughter.
The pregnancy on the show was then treated as a "dream sequence," which was mentioned only briefly at the end of the episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick. The writers of Married In scenes where Peg was shown, Sagal had her midsection obscured, such as in a taxicab or at a craps table in Las Vegas, and was often seen or heard talking to family members over the phone.