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Kitty Forman
Biographical information
Birth name

Katherine Anne Sigurdson

Eye color


Hair color



October 13, 1933


Eric Forman
Laurie Forman
Steven Hyde
(foster son)
Beatrice Sigurdson
Burt Sigurdson
Paula Sigurdson
Penny Sigurdson


Red Forman



Behind the scenes
First appearance

That '70s Pilot (1.01)

Last appearance

That 70's Finale (8.22)


Debra Jo Rupp
Kala Savage

Kitty Forman (neé Sigurdson) (born October 13[1][2], 1933) is a fictional character on FOX comedy That '70s Show. Kitty is chiefly portrayed by Debra Jo Rupp and as a young woman by Ashley Peldon. Kitty features in all 8 seasons, appearing in all 200 episodes.


Kitty is married to Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) and is mother to daughter Laurie (Lisa Robin Kelly), with whom she has a stressful relationship, and son Eric (Topher Grace), whom she has a habit of overprotecting, even to the point of saying that his girlfriend Donna Pinciotti seduced her 'poor boy and tricked him into having sex with her' (Parents Find Out), which couldn't be further from the truth.

Kitty is the one who convinces Red that they should take in Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) in Season 1, after Hyde's mother leaves him.  She likes to give off an appearance of goodness and be everyone's favorite mom in the neighborhood, though in later seasons Kitty is revealed to have a somewhat dependent relationship with alcohol. Kitty works at the Point Place General Hospital, where patients such as Michael Kelso, Steven Hyde, Fez and Red Forman have been hospitalised. Despite being a nurse and knowing the consequences of her actions, Kitty smokes and has tried to quit on several occasions to no avail.

Kitty is a caring mother and is usually a caretaker for the neighborhood kids. She is generally a nice person except when either stressed out or annoyed. Whenever stressed out, Kitty normally does her famous laugh in a shrill voice, squints her eyes, or makes sarcastic remarks (akin to Eric). Kitty's family hails from Sweden; she mentions that her grandmother, who had a thick accent, is from Sweden in Streaking.


Kitty has a strained relationship with her mother, Bea Sigurdson (Betty White). While endlessly trying to please her mother, in her heart, Kitty loves her. Bea says she never went through menopause, and when Kitty needed guidance and help from her mother, Bea refused. When her husband dies, Bea acts as if though she doesn't care about Burt's passing, yet Kitty finds her crying in her bedroom the night of the funeral.

Kitty has a better relationship with her father, Burt Sigurdson (Tom Poston). Burt hides from his wife because she is shrill, uptight, and yells constantly. After going bankrupt, the Sigurdsons moved from Arizona to live with the Formans. Burt bought an ostrich farm right next to a coyote farm. The coyotes ate all their ostriches and they lost all their money. While living with the Formans, Burt has a heart attack in their driveway and eventually dies at the hospital that same night (Your Time Is Gonna Come).

Series Arc

In season five, Kitty told Red that she was pregnant, only to go to the doctor who told her the reason why her periods had stopped was because she was beginning menopause. To help his wife through menopausal mood swings, Red got Kitty a wiener dog she named Schatzi (German for Little Treasure). Mood swings occurred often with Kitty (ex. The Formans' were going to visit the University of Wisconsin and she says that she is "freakin' old!") Kitty tries to control it or if she says something rude she usually blames it on the menopause, saying "Oh, that wasn't me. That was the menopause talking!"

In season 8, Kitty burns off part of her hair from candles as she tried to strip for Red. Sam had taught Kitty to strip "step, dip, hair, flip." When Kitty tried it for Red in the living room, she flipped her hair and a candle caught it on fire. Her hairstylist said there wasn't enough hair to salvage her old hairstyle. It was cut shorter, and Red found it attractive.

After Eric left, Kitty taped everything that the gang did for Eric to hear and she had a choice of either staying in Point Place, or Red's decision to move to Florida with Bob. During the last of the 8th season, she tried to persuade Red into staying in Point Place, but he thought she wanted to leave, so he did everything he could to try to move. He and Kitty also put Hyde's rent in a checking account for him since they were supposedly going to move. She was also the only one to show the entire main floor, something that hasn't been done on the series.


  • Kitty's paternal grandmother is from Sweden (Sigurdson is a Swedish surname).
  • It is unknown, yet possible, that Kitty and Paula have another sister, as Kitty's niece Penny visits in Season 4, but it is never alluded to that Paula has any children. Penny and Eric are also shown to be the same age.
  • Kitty is apparently an Elvis Presey fan. In a Season 5 episode, when Kitty feels hurt and insulted, she runs off to go to bed for a long period of time. Red claims that the last time she did so was when 'Elvis died on the crapper' (Babe I'm Gonna Leave You)
  • Kitty's cigarette smoking was slowly phased out after Season 3, due to Debra Jo Rupp kicking the habit in real life.
  • In the Season 3 episode, Kitty's birthday would have been Thursday, October 13, 1977. This can be deduced given that Red said it was the 13th and they were watching "The Waltons" and then "CHiPs" both broadcast on a Thursday night. The only Thursday night that fell on the 13th in 1977 after CHiPs debuted date on Sept. 15th would have been October 13th. Also to note: CHiPs that night was "Moving Violation"; The Waltons was "The Warrior".[2]
  • In Season 8, Debra Jo Rupp had been asking for a new hairstyle for Kitty and so the writers wrote it into the show (Stone Cold Crazy)
  • Kitty had a bigger role in Season 8 after Eric and Kelso left.


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Notes and references

  1. Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
  2. 2.0 2.1
Main Characters

Eric Forman Donna Pinciotti Steven Hyde Michael Kelso Jackie Burkhart Fez

Important characters

Kitty Forman Red Forman Bob Pinciotti Midge Pinciotti Leo Chinkwake

Minor Characters

Randy Pearson Charlie Richardson Betsy Kelso Pam Burkhart Rhonda Tate Pastor Dave Christine St. George Annette Berkardt Stacy Wanamaker

One Time Only Characters

Tina Pinciotti Valerie Pinciotti Edna Hyde Theo Buddy Morgan Penny Forman Kate David Milbank Professor Stark Melissa Mr. Wilkinson Ricky Andrew Davis Frank Rocky Johnson Mr. Bonkers Paula Sigurdson Carol McGee


Season 1

That '70s Pilot Eric's Birthday Streaking Battle of the Sexists Eric's Burger Job The Keg; That Disco Episode Drive-In Thanksgiving Sunday, Bloody Sunday Eric's Buddy The Best Christmas Ever Ski Trip Stolen Car That Wrestling Show First Date The Pill Career Day Prom Night A New Hope Water Tower Punk Chick Grandma's Dead Hyde Moves In The Good Son

Season 2

Garage Sale Red's Last Day The Velvet Rope Laurie and the Professor Halloween Vanstock I Love Cake Sleepover Eric Gets Suspended Red's Birthday Laurie Moves Out Eric's Stash Hunting Red's New Job Burning Down the House The First Time Afterglow Kitty and Eric's Night Out Parents Find Out Kiss of Death Kelso's Serenade Jackie Moves On Holy Crap! Red Fired Up Cat Fight Club Moon Over Point Place (1)

Season 3

Reefer Madness (2) Red Sees Red Hyde's Father Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die Roller Disco Eric's Panties Baby Fever Jackie Bags Hyde Hyde's Christmas Rager Ice Shack Who Wants It More? Fez Gets the Girl Dine and Dash Radio Daze Donna's Panties Romantic Weekend Kitty's Birthday (Is That Today!?) The Trials of Michael Kelso Eric's Naughty No-No Holy Craps! Fez Dates Donna Eric's Drunken Tattoo Canadian Road Trip Backstage Pass The Promise Ring

Season 4

It's a Wonderful Life Eric's Depression Pinciotti vs. Forman Hyde Gets the Girl Bye-Bye Basement The Relapse (1) Uncomfortable Ball Stuff (2) Donna's Story Forgotten Son Red and Stacey The Third Wheel An Eric Forman Christmas Jackie Says Cheese Eric's Hot Cousin Tornado Prom Donna Dates a Kelso Kelso's Career Leo Loves Kitty Jackie's Cheese Squeeze Class Picture Prank Day Eric's Corvette Caper Hyde's Birthday That '70s Musical Eric's False Alarm Everybody Loves Casey Love, Wisconsin Style (1)

Season 5

Going To California I Can't Quit You Babe What Is and What Should Never Be (1) Heartbreaker (2) Ramble On Over the Hills and Far Away Hot Dog Thank You Black Dog The Crunge The Girl I Love Misty Mountain Hop Your Time Is Gonna Come Babe I'm Gonna Leave You When the Levee Breaks Whole Lotta Love The Battle of Evermore Hey, Hey What Can I Do? Bring It on Home No Quarter Trampled Under Foot You Shook Me (1) Nobody's Fault But Mine (2) The Immigrant Song Celebration Day

Season 6

The Kids are Alright Join Together Magic Bus The Acid Queen I'm Free We're Not Gonna Take It Christmas I'm a Boy Young Man Blues A Legal Matter I Can See for Miles Sally Simpson Won't Get Fooled Again Baby Don't You Do It Who Are You Man with Money Happy Jack Do You Think It's Alright? Substitute Squeezebox 5:15 Sparks My Wife Going Mobile The Seeker

Season 7

Time Is on My Side Let's Spend the Night Together (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Beast of Burden It's Only Rock and Roll Rip This Joint Mother's Little Helper Angie You Can't Always Get What You Want Surprise, Surprise Winter Don't Lie to Me Can't You Hear Me Knocking Street Fighting Man It's All Over Now On With the Show Down The Road Apiece Oh, Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin') Who's Been Sleeping Here? Gimme Shelter 2120 So. Michigan Ave 2000 Light Years From Home Take It Or Leave It Short and Curlies Til The Next Goodbye

Season 8

Bohemian Rhapsody (1) Somebody to Love (2) You're My Best Friend Misfire Stone Cold Crazy Long Away Fun It Good Company Who Needs You Sweet Lady Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy Killer Queen Spread Your Wings Son and Daughter Keep Yourself Alive My Fairy King Crazy Little Thing Called Love We Will Rock You Sheer Heart Attack Leaving Home Ain't Easy Love of My Life (1) That 70's Finale }}

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