Is Catherine Hicks, the mother on 7th Heaven, the same person who portrayed the mother on Major Dad?
—Beverly L., Florida
No, Shanna Reed played the mother role (Polly Cooper) on Major Dad. However, there's a good chance you've seen Catherine Hicks, 50, in other parts. Born in Manhattan and raised in Scottsdale, Ariz., she previously starred in the series Winnetka Road, Tucker's Witch, The Bad News Bears, and the soap opera Ryan's Hope. She earned a double major in theology and English literature from Notre Dame. Hicks became interested in acting after watching several school theatrical productions. She later attended Cornell, earning a master of fine arts degree in acting. Hicks came to national prominence portraying Marilyn Monroe in the 1980 television movie Marilyn: The Untold Story, which earned her an Emmy nomination. Her movie credits include Peggy Sue Got Married and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She's married to special effects wizard and director Kevin Yagher and has an 8-year-old daughter.