Katharine McPhee is an American singer, actress and songwriter who rose to prominence when she won the spot of runner up on "American Idol" during its fifth season. She released a self-titled album in 2007, which debuted on Billboard 200 at number two. She went on to star in several TV shows and movies, including "House Bunny" and "Shark Night 3D."
McPhee was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1984. Her father is a television producer, and her mother works as a vocal coach. She attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California and studied for three semesters at the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater.
On a personal level, McPhee has admitted to suffering from the eating disorder bulimia, starving and exercising compulsively at some points and binging at others. After passing the audition to become a contestant on "American Idol," she did a 3-month rehab program for the disorder. She appeared on "American Idol" in 2006, singing songs such as "God Bless the Child," "I Can't Help Myself" and "My Funny Valentine."
McPhee married 42-year-old Nick Cokas when she was 23 years old in 2008. The pair filed for divorce in 2014, with a rep telling fans that the two had separated a year earlier.