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Old February 10 2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Katharine McPhee: Babe of the week #7 (Feb. 2012)


Katharine McPhee
("Smash," Shark Night 3D, "American Idol" season five runner-up)
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A native of Sherman Oaks, California, Katharine McPhee began singing at age two. Her mother, Patricia McPhee, is an established singer in her own right, performing and recording as Peisha McPhee. Though McPhee sang and acted throughout her childhood and high school years, she began taking singing more seriously in college, attending Boston Conservatory as a musical theater major. After three semesters, however, she left for Los Angeles to audition for film and television work. McPhee scored roles in the film Crazy, a musical about Hank Garland, and an MTV series, "You Are Here," which didn't make it to air. She also appeared in productions of Annie Get Your Gun and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir before auditioning for "American Idol" in 2005.
Smash centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe -- written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee) -- who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds -- and stage veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Anjelica Huston) discovers the "Marilyn" project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport) -- whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality.











Week #1 (Jan.): Taylor Swift
Week #2 (Jan.): Erin Andrews
Week #3 (Jan.): Katrina Bowden
Week #4 (Jan.): Maria Sharapova
Week #5 (Jan.): Kellie Pickler
Week #6 (Feb.): Natasha Henstridge
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