Written By: Kate Mulgrew

Narrated By: Kate Mulgrew

Date: April 2015

Duration: 9 hours 28 minutes


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 on Star Trek ; the tough-as-nails 'Red' on Orange 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.


  • Kara Dominguez

    Absolutely love this book! It's as if Kate Mulgrew herself and I are having coffee and I get to hear her life story. Her passion for her career love life and children are so inspirational .

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  • Patricia D.

    Captain Janeway was always an inspiration and I was curious to learn about the actress they worked insane schedules while raising two young sons. The book was amazing and hearing it in Kate Mulgrew's voice was enchanting. I can't believe the life she led. My kids when hearing me listening to the book instantly recognized her voice as Captain Katherine Janeway.... they were enchanted with this strong female character and cried when the last episode finished. Highly recommend and will listen again.

  • Laura Knight

    Thank you Kate, a wonderful story! Hoping there will be a next installment.

  • Diane McArthur

    I was so upset when this book ended...leaving me hanging for the rest of Kate's life story. I couldnt put it down, so finished listening in one day. What a wonderful story teller Kate is. She had me laughing, crying and answering her out loud. I'm sure the other motorists must have thought I was crazy. Kate's voice was just magical and drew me into her life completely, so much so, that I felt I knew her and her family intimately. I can't wait for her next book.

  • Kathryn Krispin

    I finished in two days. Loved her story and her narration. I have long been a Kate Mulgrew fan, and it's so wonderful to hear of her joys, struggles and heartbreaks, while smiling for the rest of the world. Can't wait to hear the rest of her story....someday. She will surely have many years ahead of her!

  • Becca Eller

    Absolutely wonderful! I had no idea what to expect when I chose this book but I don't regret it for a moment. Kate Mulgrew is a wonderful writer and narrator. I laughed and cried and had a great time!

  • Lorrie Sears

    Beautifully written and read. A life that seems almost like a tragic comedy itself, Mulgrew entertains, uplifts, and inspires and definitely leaves the reader wanting more.

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