ByMatthew Chapman, writer at
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Matthew Chapman

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Catherine O'Hara!

Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

Catherine Anne O'Hara was born in Ontario, Canada on March 4, 1954.

O'Hara began her career back in the mid seventies on the sketch comedy show, SCTV (Second City TV), alongside Eugene Levy, John Candy, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis.

As well as SCTV, O'Hara went on to star in such films as Dick Tracy, Wyatt Earp, Best In Show, Orange County, Surviving Christmas, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Penelope.

As well as her extensive work on film, O'Hara has also made appearances on countless TV Shows like Tales from the Crypt, The Outer Limits, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under and can currently be seen on Schitt's Creek, alongside Eugene Levy.

The cast of Schitt's Creek.
The cast of Schitt's Creek.

In June 2007, O'Hara received herself a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and in 2014 was pictured on Canadian commemorative postage stamps to honour the Great Canadian Comedians, aside form herself, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, and Oliver Guimond were also pictured.

O'Hara on the Canadian commemorative postage stamp.
O'Hara on the Canadian commemorative postage stamp.

Now here are my Top 3 Catherine O'Hara films (if you hadn't guessed by the films omitted from the above list!).


I have included both animated films that O'Hara and Tim Burton worked on together, although I do prefer The Nightmare Before Christmas over Frankenweenie! O'Hara voiced Sally and Shock in Nightmare Before Christmas and was the voice of Mrs. Frankenstein, Weird Girl and Gym Teacher in Frankenweenie.

Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas.


O'Hara played Kate McCallister, the mother of Macaulay Culkin's Kevin, whose family left him home alone during Christmas vacation and must protect the house from a pair of burglars. I do prefer the first film over the second and I don't even acknowledge the existence of the other three!


Who can forget this film! One of my all time favourite films, as a kid I was always watching either this or Drop Dead Fred.

O'Hara plays Delia Deetz, who moves into the house of a couple of recently deceased ghosts. There are so many great scenes featuring Delia in this film but the best one would have to be when Delia and her dinner guests sing Day-O around the table, a prank by the ghosts to get the family to leave their house.

Do you have a favourite Catherine O'Hara film? Let me know in the comments below.


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