Also Credited As:Katharine Hope McPhee
|Katharine Hope McPhee on March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA|
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Shortly after "American Idol" wrapped, McPhee made headlines after she revealed to People magazine that she struggled with bulimia for five years, almost destroying her vocal chords, and admitted that she decided to stop and control her eating disorder only after she made it on "Idol." Yet, the controversy surrounding McPhee did not end there. She missed the opening dates of the requisite "American Idol" Tour, which sparked rumors that she wanted to distance herself from the show that had made her a household name. McPhee, however, claimed that she missed the first few weeks due to laryngitis and bronchitis. Boosted by the exposure she received on "Idol," McPhee nabbed a featured role in the comedy feature, "The House Bunny" (2008), in which she appeared as a pregnant sorority girl. She also guest starred on the drama series "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004- ) as a singer and crime victim who resorts to murder as revenge, and appeared on the hit comedy show "Community" (NBC, 2009- ) as the daughter of Chevy Chase's character. While McPhee dabbled in acting, she did not stop making music. In 2007, she released her self-titled debut album featuring the single "Over It," which peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her sophomore album, Unbroken, suffered from mediocre sales, but it still drew attention for featuring the previously brunette singer sporting a platinum shag on the cover. In February 2011, McPhee was cast opposite Debra Messing in Steven Spielberg's NBC pilot, "Smash," about aspiring singers who stage a Broadway musical inspired by their silver screen icon, Marilyn Monroe.