Katherine MacGregor Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 11.Dec.2017
Facts of Katherine MacGregor
Date of Birth: 1925 , January-12
Age:93 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
NameKatherine MacGregor
Birth NameDorlee Deane MacGregor
Nick Name"Scottie"
Net WorthN/A
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorLight brown
Face ColorWhite
Married toEdward G. Kaye-Martin (m. 1969)
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Katherine Macgregor is a former American actress, known for her portrayal of Harriet  Oleson in American TV drama, Little House on the Prairie, starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Karen Grassle, and Matthew Labyorteaux. 
Macgregor was in a special episode of Family Feud,  themed as "Heroes vs. Villains".

Early life and education

Katherine Macgregor was born Dorlee Deane MacGregor on 12th January 1925 in Glendale, California. She belongs to White-American ethnicity/race and holds American nationality.

Macgregor spent most of her childhood in Colorado. She went to the University of Denver, where Macgregor prepared for her future joining the drama club. 


 MacGregor moved to New York City after her graduation. On Scottie MacGregor's recommendation, Katherine MacGregor found work both onstage and in movies. She appeared as uncredited part in 1954 American crime drama film, On the Waterfront (1954).

MacGregor honed her acting skills studying with renowned teachers, Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner. She earned kudos for her work on the stage, which included touring productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance.

Later, MacGregor moved to California and pursued a career in acting. She appeared in small supporting roles, playing a secretary, nurse or teacher on TV shows, Emergency! and All in the Family.

On the verge of leaving acting, she began to work in an art gallery until MacGregor was hired for her career-defining role: Mrs. Harriet Oleson on Little House on the Prairie.

After Little House on the Prairie, MacGregor withdrew from screen productions in favor of local theater. She also dedicated herself to Hindu religion, and taught acting to children at the Wee Hollywood Vedanta Players, before finally retiring in the early 2000s.

personal life 

Katherine Macgregor has been married twice till date. Both her marriages turned to divorces. She first married Bert Remsen, an American actor who died on 22nd April 1999.

Remsen was one month junior to Macgregor. The former pair tied to knot in 1949 and divorced after a year later.

Then, Macgregor married Edward G. Kaye-Martin, who was fourteen years junior to Macgregor. Actor, teacher as well as a theater director, Edward G. Kaye-Martin had worked in theaters & universities across the country since the mid-`60s.

Macgregor and Martin were in a marital relationship from 1969 to October 1970.

Net worth

The former American actress, Katherine Macgregor, has appeared in several movies and television series. She has earned good money from her acting career. However, her net worth is still not public. 

Macgregor’s movie, On the Waterfront, made a box office collection of $9.6 million.