McPhee graduated in 2002 from Notre Dame High School. At Notre Dame, McPhee was a student body vice president, a varsity 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.
* Born: 25 March 1984
* Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California
* Best Known As: 2006 American Idol runner-up
Katharine McPhee is a singer who became famous on the 2006 season of the TV talent contest American Idol: The Search for a Superstar. A native of Sherman Oaks, California (a Los Angeles suburb), McPhee graduated in 2002 from Notre Dame High School. She briefly studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory, then returned to southern California and became active in local theater. A young brunette who sings in the style of Joss Stone and Alicia Keys, her fans’ “McPheever” couldn’t overcome the “Soul Patrol” that supported winner Taylor Hicks, and McPhee placed second overall in the televised contest. Her 2006 hit singles, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “My Destiny,” paved the way for her self-titled debut album, released in early 2007.
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