Katharine McPhee Profile
Name: Katharine McPhee
Birth Name: Katharine Hope McPhee
Height: 5' 8''
Birth Date: March 25, 1984
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession: Singer, Actress
Education: Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California
The Boston Conservatory (attended for 3 semester, majoring in musical
Husband/Wife: Nick Cokas (producer; married on February 2, 2008)
Father: Daniel McPhee
Mother: Peisha Burch McPhee (a vocal coach and accomplished cabaret singer)
Sister: Adrianna McPhee (older)
Claim to fame: Runner-up on the 5th season of American Idol
Katharine McPhee Biography
Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American pop singer, actress and model who was the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006.
Born in Los Angeles, California, McPhee moved with her parents and sister to the Sherman Oaks neighborhood at age 12. McPhee has been singing since the age of two. Her mother, Patricia Burch McPhee (stage name Peisha Arten), a vocal coach and accomplished cabaret singer, recognized a talent for music in her daughter and decided to train her. Her father, Daniel McPhee, is a television producer and her older sister, Adriana Burch McPhee (born June 30, 1982) is an aspiring producer as well.
McPhee graduated in 2002 from Notre Dame High School. At Notre Dame High School, McPhee was a swimmer and a thespian. She performed in school plays with her elder sister Adriana; both sisters were Homecoming Princess nominees in their senior year. Afterward, McPhee attended Boston Conservatory for three semesters, majoring in musical theater. McPhee left the college due to her manager's suggestion that she try out for television pilots in Los Angeles. In a People news article, it was reported that she was rejected in "only 195 out of 200 auditions." She was eventually cast as "Paramount Girl" in the 2006 musical film about the life of Hank Garland, Crazy. Other early acting endeavors included lead actress in local professional productions of Annie Get Your Gun and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. She was nominated in 2005 for the Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for her lead role in Annie Get Your Gun. McPhee was also part of a failed mall-based MTV soap opera entitled You Are Here, playing the older sister of a more popular younger sister. In the soap opera, she was jealous of her popular younger sister.
On February 2, 2008, McPhee married 43-year-old boyfriend Nick Cokas in a Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church with a gospel choir. There were about 300 guests in attendance, including The House Bunny co-star Rumer Willis. Country music artist and fellow American Idol 5 contestant Kellie Pickler was a bridesmaid.