Katey Sagal got lots of laughs on the TV series "Married ... With Children." Not that she ALWAYS does comedy, as her current show clearly demonstrates. Lee Cowan met her on the set:
As TV mothers go, Katey Sagal is hardly the June Cleaver type. On the biker series "Sons of Anarchy" on FX, her motherly instincts sometimes take the shape of a closed fist.
"She wears tight clothes and big boots and lots of jewelry, and tattoos that aren't mine," Sagal said. "She's a bad-ass."
Sagal plays Gemma Teller Morrow, the matriarch of a drug-smuggling motorcycle gang.
The whole thing is really kind of Shakespearean -- in fact, fans call the series "Hamlet on Harleys."
Sagal said, "Usually at this point, you're a mom, you're a grandmom, maybe you're a judge, you're a lawyer.
"I'm a biker babe. I have a whole new audience, actually."
New audience, perhaps, but as an actress, Sagal has long been pushing the boundaries of motherhood -- no more so than as the tacky, orange-haired Peg Bundy on "Married... With Children."
"She was just, like, an over-sexed wife," Sagal laughed.
"But that's what you turned her into," said Cowan.
"Kind of. Yeah, it wasn't intentional, but that's what happened."
For some it was a bit too much, especially to anti-obscenity activist Terry Rakolta, who famously led a nationwide boycott of Fox to get "Married... With Children" off the air.
"We were all so like, 'We don't believe in censorship, just change the channel. If you don't like it, turn it off.' And she got us on the front page of The New York Times by trying to take us off the air, which completely sent our ratings over the top.
"And every year we would send her flowers!"
Her bold choices have certainly made her a famous actress, but she always wanted to be famous for something else. For as long as Katey Sagal can remember, it's always been about the music.
She's recorded three albums so far -- the latest, called "Covered."
To hear Katey Sagal sing "Free Fallin'," from her album "Covered," click on the audio player below.
"The people who don't know you really, really well, always seem surprised when they find out about your musical background," said Cowan.
"Can you believe that?" she laughed.
Katey Sagal was born into an entertainment family in Los Angeles. Her mother was a singer; her father, Boris, directed some of TV's most iconic shows -- "The Twilight Zone," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E," and "Colombo," just to name a few.
But acting wasn't for his daughter.