A decade before she became known everywhere as Annie Camden, the mother of the WB’s family drama 7th Heaven for 11 seasons, Catherine Hicks was embraced by fan and mainstream audiences alike as Dr. Gillian Taylor, the whale-tending hero of 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

The New York City native, born in 1951, has had a string of roles on stage, TV and film. First the sitcom version of The Bad News Bears, then Tucker’s Witch and a daytime stint on Ryan’s Hope. Then came film credits like Peggy Sue Got Married and even the unlucky Chucky-owner’s mom in the 1988 horror classic Child’s Play, a Saturn Award winner for her. Playing Marilyn Monroe in the 1980 mini-series Marilyn: The Untold Story based on Norman Mailer’s best-seller netted her an Emmy nomination. A recent passion of humanitarian work has been spent with the Catholic Relief Services programs in Darfur, and the Children’s Advertising Review Unit.