Born With Teeth: A Memoir

Paperback | January 12, 2016

byKate Mulgrew

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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen.

We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played--Captain Janeway onStar Trek; the tough-as-nails "Red" onOrange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, BORN WITH TEETH is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue...

Kate Mulgrew is an American actress noted for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway onStar Trek: Voyager,Mary Ryan onRyan's Hope,and, most recently, Galina "Red" Reznikov onOrange Is the New Black.She has performed in numerous television shows, theater productions, and movies. She is the winner of a Golden Satellite Award, a Saturn Awar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316334324

ISBN - 13:9780316334327

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Eloquent Read. Kate Mulgrew is meant to be an author. She has a beautiful and eloquent mind, and she brings us through her life with a gritty honesty - and yet, a complex way of looking at people and life - and it really resonates. A book I'll read again and again!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! This book is fantastic. Kate Mulgrew takes you through her life honestly. This book is so interesting, and well written. I've read it 3 times. The audiobook is also great!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent read! i loved this book. definately a great insight to a celebrity's background as a real person.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Series of Biographical Vignettes I have fond memories of sneaking into the living room to watch Star Trek with my parents, both of whom were diehard fans as long as I can remember. My mother began to notice this subterfuge, and took the opportunity to foster her daughter’s interest in science fiction which was, even in the late nineties, as uncommon as it was avoided. She felt it particularly important to introduce me to Captain Kathryn Janeway, as much a pioneer in Star Fleet as she was in contemporary science fiction (and non-science fiction) television in her role as a female figurehead. It might be exaggerating to say that these moments shaped me, but these are the types of snippets of memory with which Kate masterfully deals throughout her memoir. Born With Teeth is at times a biography, at others a folk take and at still others a treatise on women in Hollywood. Kate Mulgrew, or, as the reader begins to think of her almost immediately, simply “Kate”, takes us through a journey of her life through a number of vignettes and stories about her childhood, her mindset, her career, her marriage and other moments throughout her life. In this sense, it captures the meaning of memoir better than a number of similar books have in recent years. Like a memory, the book has some linearity, but digresses at times from one story to another. The effect, while tangential, is nonetheless one of remembering and reminiscing about the world that Kate describes. She does not seem untouchable, or unrealistic, or otherwise separated from her readers on some superior level, as biographies do, at times, have a tendency. Relationships are an important part of Born With Teeth, much as they are to our own memories. In many ways, they frame the narrative, aided by the pictures that are positioned at the beginning of each short narrative—rather than in a centerfold. There is no doubt that Kate is an inspirational figure and the type of tough love persona many may be familiar with is certainly underscored by this memoir’s title and first story; Kate was very much born with teeth. Kate reminds us that there are many layers to memory, to our parents, to our families and friends and to the decisions we make throughout time. Going through this journey of remembering with her is truly a pleasure, and readers will all have their favourite chapters that they will revisit when they want to do some remembering too.
Date published: 2015-06-25