KaDee Strickland is an American film, TV and theater actor, best recognized for her performances in films such as ‘Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid’ and ‘The Grudge’ and the ‘ABC’ drama ‘Private Practice.’ She started with small roles in film and TV productions. Meanwhile, she gathered experience with plays such as ‘A Requiem for Things Past’ and ‘Women of Manhattan.’ Moving on with different productions, Katherine played a key supporting role in the blockbuster hit romantic comedy ‘Something's Gotta Give,’ starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Her performances in the horror films ‘Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid’ and ‘The Grudge’ led her to be tagged as the "newest scream queen" of horror fandom and "the pride of Patterson.” She played ‘Charlotte King’ in the American medical-drama series ‘Private Practice.’ After her character in the series was raped, Katherine worked with the anti-sexual violence organization ‘Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network’ (RAINN). She also remained part of the main cast of the series ‘Secrets and Lies’ and ‘Shut Eye.’
Childhood & Early Life
KaDee Strickland was born Katherine Dee Strickland, on December 14, 1975, in Patterson, Georgia, US, to high-school football coach, principal, and superintendent Dee Strickland and nurse Susan Strickland.
She picked tobacco for around 8 years, on a local farm in Patterson, Georgia. She was inspired by the Woody Allen romantic comedy ‘Annie Hall’ as a child.
Katherine was quite popular as a local kid, due to her family background and her extracurricular activities and accomplishments. She was the ‘Homecoming Queen’ in elementary school and also in middle and high school. She was also a cheerleader and the president of the student council.
She became motivated to pursue a career in acting after performing in a one-act play in her high school. Following her high-school graduation, Katherine contemplated studying drama at a New York City college. However, her parents’ reluctance to let their daughter live in such a large city at that age led her to join ‘The University of the Arts’ in Philadelphia. While studying there, she joined the ‘Screen Actors Guild.’ She worked at a local restaurant as a part-time waitress and did her internship at a casting agency. The latter led her to earn her first film role.
She obtained a fine arts degree from ‘The University of the Arts’ in Philadelphia and then studied acting in New York City. She relocated to Los Angeles, California, in 2003. In 2006, she earned the ‘Silver Star Alumni Award’ from ‘The University of the Arts’ in Philadelphia.
Continue Reading Below
You May Like
Katherine started her career in 1999, appearing in minor roles in the films ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘The Sterling Chase.’ She then appeared in films such as ‘Diamond Men’ and ‘Bomb the System.’ She also appeared in bit roles in the popular series ‘All My Children’ (2002) and ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ (2002). Meanwhile, she showcased her acting mettle by performing in stage productions such as ‘Women of Manhattan’ by John Patrick Shanley and ‘A Requiem for Things Past.’
Her dream came true when she was cast as ‘Brooke’ in her idol Woody Allen’s film ‘Anything Else’ (2003). Although the film could not make a mark at the box office, Katherine considers it her “big break.” The same year, she garnered attention playing the key supporting role of ‘Kristen’ in the critically and commercially successful romantic comedy ‘Something's Gotta Give.’
Her performance in ‘Something's Gotta Give’ impressed producer Doug Belgrad. Thus, she earned the starring role of research scientist ‘Sam Rogers,’ opposite Johnny Messner and Morris Chestnut, in the adventure–horror film ‘Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid.’ The film released on August 27, 2004, and became a huge commercial success. This was followed by another starring role, ‘Susan Williams,’ in the 2004-released supernatural horror ‘The Grudge.’ During this time, she was tagged as “the pride of Patterson” by ‘The Florida Times-Union’ while fans of the horror genre labeled her as their “newest scream queen.”
She gained critical acclaim playing ‘Robin’ in the Farrelly brothers’ blockbuster hit 2005 romantic comedy ‘Fever Pitch,’ starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. She then went on to star in the films ‘Walker Payne’ (2006), screened at that year’s ‘Tribeca Film Festival’;‘The Flock’ (2007), with Richard Gere and Claire Danes; and ‘The Family That Preys’ (2008). She also featured in hit neo-noir biographical crime film ‘American Gangster’ (2007), directed and produced by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
Meanwhile, she played the main role of ‘Annie Bell’ in four of the seven episodes of the American comedy–drama series ‘The Wedding Bells,’ in 2007. She was then seen in the main role of ‘Charlotte King,’ featuring in all six seasons of the American medical-drama series ‘Private Practice.’ It was broadcast on ‘ABC’ from September 26, 2007, to January 22, 2013.
She played main roles in the series ‘Secrets and Lies’ (2015) and ‘Shut Eye’ (2016–2017). She was also seen in a recurring role in the series ‘The Player’ (2015). She featured in the TV movies ‘The Street Lawyer’ (2003) and ‘Bloodline’ (2013).
Katherine has also featured in the music video of ‘Oasis's ‘Don't Look Back in Anger’ (1996) and Rascal Flatts's ‘Here Comes Goodbye’ (2009).
Family & Personal Life
Katherine married American actor Jason Behr on November 10, 2006, after a 2-year relationship. They have a son named Atticus Elijah Behr, born on October 17, 2013. They also have twin daughters, Caroline Matilda Behr and Emmeline Victoria Behr, born on July 8, 2017.
The diva advocates for the arts. She hosted Heidi Jayne Netzley’s art debut held at the ‘Edgemar Center for the Arts’ in Santa Monica, California. She also participated in picketing with writers and other actors, during the 2007–2008 ‘Writers Guild of America’ strike.
She advocates for ‘RAINN.’ She became closely involved with the organization after her character, ‘Charlotte King,’ in ‘Private Practice’ was shown to be brutally assaulted and raped in the series. She has also been candid about the need to pass the ‘SAFER act.’ She collaborated with Gorjana to develop a jewelry piece for ‘RAINN.’ Eighty percent of the proceeds from the sale of this jewelry piece are donated to the anti-sexual violence organization.