Catherine Mary Hicks (born August 6, 1951) is an American stage, film, television actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Annie Camden on the long-running television series7th Heaven. Other notable roles have been: Dr. Gillian Taylor in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Karen Barclay in Child's Play, Dr. Faith Coleridge on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope, and her Emmy nominated performance as Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn: The Untold Story.
Hicks was born in New York City, the daughter of Jackie, a homemaker, and Walter Hicks, an electronics salesman.She is of Irish and English ancestry. Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona during her childhood. She was a cheerleader at Gerard Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona and a member of The National Honor Society (NHS). She graduated in 1969. After attending Saint Mary's College (Indiana), where she studied English Literature and Theology, Hicks won a prestigious acting fellowship to Cornell University. While at Cornell, she was a member of the Ithaca Repertory Theater Company.
Hicks met her future husband, special effects make up artist, and the designer and executor of the "Chucky" doll, Kevin Yagher, on the set of the film Child's Play. Hicks and Yagher were married on May 19, 1990. The two have a daughter named Catie, who was born in 1992. Hicks is a devout Roman Catholic.
Since the 1987/1988 academic school year, the University of Notre Dame has given the Catherine Hicks Award to a graduating senior for outstanding work in theatre arts.
Catherine is an alumni of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
Hicks received the 2006 Padre Pio Award from the Capuchin Franciscan Friars for her efforts as Catholic Relief Services spokesperson and Darfur relief.
In 2010, she made appearances in several public service announcements for the Children's Advertising Review Unit(CARU). She continued her commitment as a parent advocate by teaming with the National Community Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma for the 2010 Safeguard My Meds campaign to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription medication.Catherine is a trustee on the Hollywood Arts Council.