Katharine McPhee

Singer, Actress, Model
With her soulful voice and striking looks, season five runner-up Katharine McPhee emerged as one of the most memorable and promising artists ever to emerge from the hit reality competition series, "American Idol" (Fox ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Scorpion 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Hollywood Game Night 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

In My Dreams 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Smash 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

You May Not Kiss the Bride 2012 (Movie)

Masha (Actor)

Shark Night 3D 2011 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 Teen Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The House Bunny 2008 (Movie)

Harmony (Actor)

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '06 Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Home For The Holidays (TV Show)

Performer

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

The Last Caller (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (3)

I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 (Movie)

("Love Story") (Song Performer)

Shark Night 3D 2011 (Movie)

("Shark Bite") (Song Performer)

Christmas in Washington 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Biography

With her soulful voice and striking looks, season five runner-up Katharine McPhee emerged as one of the most memorable and promising artists ever to emerge from the hit reality competition series, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ). She was born on March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles to Peisha Arten, a cabaret singer and vocal coach, and Daniel McPhee, a television producer. McPhee began performing in musicals and plays at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA, from which she graduated in 2002. After high school, McPhee trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music before heading back to L.A. to jumpstart her singing and acting career. She appeared in a number of musicals in 2005, including productions of both "Annie Get Your Gun" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." In the fall of 2005, McPhee tried out for season five of "American Idol," where she wowed the judges with her soulful rendition of Billie Holliday's "God Bless the Child" (1942) and advanced to the semi-finals round in Hollywood. With her beauty queen looks and stellar voice, McPhee was pegged as one of the frontrunners early on in the competition. She consistently made strong impressions through her performances, including her much discussed rendition of K.T. Tunstall's hit single "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (2005), for which she sang on her knees. McPhee made it all the way to the finals, but in the end, she lost to the silver-haired blues singer, Taylor Hicks.

Relationships

Peisha Arten Actor

Mother

Nick Cokas Actor

Husband
Engaged Sept. 28, 2007 Married Feb. 2, 2008

Adriana McPhee

Sister
Born in 1982

Daniel McPhee Associate Producer

Father

EDUCATION

Boston Conservatory

Boston , Massachusetts
Attended for three semesters

Boston Conservatory

Boston , Massachusetts
Attended for three semesters

Notre Dame High School

Sherman Oaks , California 2002

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener in the comedy-drama "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding"

2012

Played an aspiring Broadway singer on NBC's "Smash"

2010

Guest starred on an episode of NBC's "Community" as Chevy Chase's character's ex-stepdaughter

2010

Released second album Unbroken

2009

Signed a new record deal with Verve Forecast Records

2008

Recorded the song "Let Your Heart Sing" for the soundtrack of the Disney movie "Tinker Bell"

2008

Released from her contract with RCA Records

2008

Made feature debut in the independent film about the life of Hank Garland, "Crazy"

2008

First studio film, the comedy "The House Bunny"; also released a cover of the song "I Know What Boys Like" for the film

2007

Released her self-titled debut album Katharine McPhee

2006

Appeared on the fifth season of "American Idol" (Fox); was the runner-up to winner Taylor Hicks

2006

Signed to Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and Sony BMG's RCA Records

2006

Released debut single "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny"

2005

Played the lead actress in a local production of "Annie Get Your Gun"

Began training with her mother, a vocal coach at age two

Trained at the Boston Conservatory for three semesters, but left to pursue acting

Bonus Trivia

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In June 2006, McPhee revealed to People magazine that she previously suffered from bulimia. After a period of about five years, she began treatment after qualifying for "American Idol" (Fox).

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In 2007, McPhee was named one of the year's "100 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine.

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