Quick Facts of Dorlee Deane McGregor

  • Full Name Dorlee Deane McGregor
  • Net Worth$1 million
  • Date of Birth12 January, 1925
  • NicknameScottie
  • Marital Status Divorced
  • Birthplace Glendale, California, United States
  • Ethnicity White
  • Religion Hinduism
  • ProfessionActress
  • Nationality American
  • Eye colour Brown
  • Hair colour Black
  • SpouseEdward G. Kaye-Martin
  • Height5 feet and 4 inches or 1.63 m
  • EducationNorthwestern University
  • Horoscope Capricorn

Late American actress Katherine MacGregor was famous for her role as nasty, gossiping, greedy and arrogant Harriet Oleson in the television series Little House on the Prairie. In the series, she appeared in 153 episodes from 1974–1983.

MacGregor was first married to Bert Remsen but later divorced. Furthermore, she also married Edward G. Kaye-Martin but sadly her second marriage also ended with a divorce.


Katherine MacGregor was born on 12th January 1925, in Glendale, California, United States. Her birth name was Dorlee Deane McGregor. Her parents were Ralph S. McGregor and Beatrice E. Willard.  She belonged to American nationality and her ethnicity was white.

Late actress Katherine MacGregor
Late actress Katherine MacGregor
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Along with her family, MacGregor moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she spent her entire childhood. In 1947, MacGregor graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University. Shortly after her graduation, she moved to New York City in order to pursue her acting career.

Apart from this, MacGregor was an alcoholic. So, while recovering from alcoholism, she converted to

Net Worth

Katherine MacGregor was one of the versatile actresses in the Hollywood industry. Her primary source of income was from acting. MacGregor’s net worth was reportedly around $1 million at the time of her death. Her debut movie On the Waterfront grossed $9.6 million on the box office worldwide.

Even though MacGregor wasn’t credited for the move, she probably received some paycheques for her portrayal. Furthermore, she also starred in several other hit movies and TV series and for her portrayal, MacGregor probably received good payrolls.


The late actress Katherine MacGregor was married twice. Firstly, she exchanged the vows with late actor Bert Remsen in 1949. Unfortunately, their marriage did not last long and they separated just after a year of their wedding in 1950. 

Katherine MacGregor and her Little House on the Prairie co-star Richard Bul
Katherine MacGregor and her Little House on the Prairie co-star Richard Bul
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They did not have children from their relationship. After the first unsuccessful marriage, MacGregor got linked with Edward G. Kaye-Martine. They had 14 years od age gap. Edward is an actor, director as well as a teacher. The couple walked down the aisle on 3rd August 1969.

However, just like her first marriage, MacGregor’s second wedlock also did not last long. MacGregor and Edward divorced in 1970. Yet, the reason behind their separation is unknown. Since then, MacGregor remained single and there are no rumors of her affairs as well.


During the initial phase of her career, Katherine MacGregor worked as a dance teacher at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York City. She began performing in broadways and theatre in the 1950s. MacGregor performed in plays such as The Seven Year Itch and Handful of Fire.

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MacGregor made her big-screen debut through  On the Waterfront in 1954. However, she gained wide fame after starring in the series Little House on the Prairie as Harriet Oleson. In the series, MacGregor shared the screen along with Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Gilbert, and others.

Cause Of Death

The 5 feet and 4 inches or 1.63m tall late actress Katherine MacGregor died on 14th November 2018. She passed away at the age of 93 just two months before her 94th birthday at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. However, the actual reason for her death is still not revealed.

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