Katherine Dee "KaDee" Strickland (born December 14, 1977) began acting during high school and worked in mostly small film, TV and theater roles while studying the profession.
Strickland was born in Blackshear, Ga., to Susan Strickland, a nurse, and Dee Strickland, a high school football coach, principal and superintendent. She was raised in Patterson, Ga., and had a job picking tobacco on a local farm for eight years.
After graduating from high school, Strickland wanted to study drama at college in N.Y. City, but her parents did not want her to live in such a large city so soon. Consequently, she applied to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
During her studies there, she joined the Screen Actors Guild and considered using her given name, Katherine, as her stage name, before deciding she was "much too tomboy" for it.
Strickland's career began with a brief appearance as a ghost in The Sixth Sense in 1999, a two-line part that she had received after impressing M. Night Shyamalan when reading lines for those auditioning for the film.
KaDee Strickland was cast in a slightly larger role opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie in James Mangold's drama Girl, Interrupted.
Strickland appeared in two romantic comedies in 2003. Anything Else was written and directed by Woody Allen, and featured Strickland as the girlfriend of Jason Biggs. Something's Gotta Give (with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton), was a major critical and commercial success.
In late 2004 Strickland embarked on what she described as "the craziest job I've ever had" - a small role in the Farrelly brothers baseball romantic comedy, Fever Pitch.
In early 2005, KaDee was cast in the pilot episode for the fact-based TV series Laws of Chance for ABC. It was based on the career of Kelly Siegler, an assistant district attorney based in Houston, Texas. Strickland, whose co-stars in the pilot included Frances Fisher and Bruce McGill, said she was "excited to have the opportunity to portray this phenomenal lady", but the series was dropped from development a few months later.
Her latest project, and her first as a regular, was the David E. Kelley-produced series The Wedding Bells. The show began airing on Fox in March 2007, but was canceled in April 2007.
On November 10, 2006 Strickland married actor Jason Behr, her co-star in The Grudge, in Ojai, California. Interestingly, Behr is the ex of Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl.
Strickland is an advocate of the arts. Before the release of Anacondas, she hosted the art debut of fellow actress Heidi Jayne Netzley at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, California.
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