Five Fun Kate Walsh Facts

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Kate Walsh: Drop Dead Gorgeous
Kate Walsh planned to stay on Grey's Anatomy for only five episodes.

Fortunately for everyone, her strength and charm, mixed with plenty of inner vulnerability, turned Dr. McDreamy's cheating wife into a flawed fan favorite.

After three years as Addison Montgomery-Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, Walsh was given her own spinoff, Private Practice, slated for the fall of 2007.

A native of San Jose, and graduate of the Tucson, Ariz., Catalina Magnet High School (see photo below, left) and the University of Arizona, who once donned a fat suit (below, right) to play Drew Carey's girlfriend, Nicki Fifer, Walsh has certainly come into her own.

The red-headed late bloomer has also found love with Alex Young, a 20th Century Fox executive, whom she plans to marry.

Here are five Kate Walsh fun facts, courtesy of
People magazine:

  1. As a teenager, Kate Walsh's stepfather, a prison psychologist, paid her $5 a page to type psychological profiles of inmates he treated.
  2. The romantic comedy, The Sweetest Thing, starring Cameron Diaz, was written by Kate Walsh's best friend, Nancy Pimental, who based the film's female characters on the two of them.
  3. An opera fanatic, Kate overlooked some bizarre antics of a date in the 1990s because he had tickets to the Metropolitan Opera. "I get into the car, and the first thing this guy does is spray me with perfume. I don't even know where it came from. Maybe it belonged to the last woman he killed?"
  4. Kate Walsh played the lesbian lover of none other than Grey's Anatomy star Sandra Oh in the 2003 comedy-drama, Under the Tuscan Sun.
  5. Kate Walsh's last job before her star-turning role on Grey's Anatomy was playing a transvestite Las Vegas showgirl named Mimosa on CSI in 2004.
Kate Walsh: High School Yearbook Photo
Kate Walsh: Fat Suit Style

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omg is she really lez in real life?


omg ahhahahah i didnt know 1 & 3. 3 is freaky! the way she puts it is bloody hilarious - "maybe it belonged to the last woman he killed" man, i wanna see that interview! if anyone has the link to it it wud make my day =)


Was there an interview where Kate talked about #3? I remember that from somewhere...


I knew all 5!!! I just LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!


Probably. But that's okay because the same goes for me.


Is it sad that I knew every one of those except #1?


Private Practice Quotes

A lot of men have a joy of seeing me naked. A lot! Well, not a lot... I mean.. 8, Well... 11.


You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.


Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches