describes her adolescent self as being a tall, skinny kid that
got straight As and wore glasses. When Catherine was in
Junior High School, she did the programming for a computer game.
She was a tomboy and not very popular, however, a friend showed
her how to wear makeup and do her hair, and things improved
had excelled in maths and biology in High School, and had dreams
of becoming a doctor or biomedical engineer. She was accepted
into the University of California in Los Angeles, and along
with her other subjects, she took an acting class (her very
first), and was hooked.
decided to leave UCLA to do modelling in Japan, however this
was not one of her wisest choices. In Japan, the other models,
some of who had anorexia or bulimia, were beginning to influence
Catherine. She says of the time: People were showing
you how to throw up. Youre taking diet pills. Everyones
partying, so you start drinking a lot, and drugs. A couple of
years messed me up for a while.
Catherine returned home to the United States, she was still
stuck in a downward spiral, however her acting teacher caught
hold of her and introduced her to the religion of Scientology,
which Catherine credits with helping her reclaim her life, and
giving her clarity and success.
Catherine was on the set of the movie Death Becomes Her,
she met her future husband, Adam Beason. She was the body double
for Isabella Rossolini, and Adam was the directors assistant
to Bob Zemekis. When Catherine put her phone number in Adams
pocket, he didnt call, he thought she was only joking!
had had a history of dating bad boys, and she discovered
Adam was the first nice guy that she had ever dated. When they
were first dating, Catherine thought: Hes boring.
Hes not interesting because hes so normal. He calls
when he says hes going to call, shows up when hes
supposed to. However, despite her attempts to dissuade
him, Adam didnt give up, and Catherine says it changed
her as a person. All of a sudden, I was able to have a
relationship with somebody and stay in it.
and Adam got married on the May 8th, 1994, after having been
in a relationship for two years. They now reside in the Hollywood
Hills with their two Italian Greyhounds, Leo & Zoe.
the final of JAGs first season on NBC, Catherine
appeared as Lieutenant Dianne Schonke, USN. When the show was
renewed by CBS as a mid-season replacement, JAGs
creator and executive producer, Donald P Bellisairo, recast
Catherine as Rabb's new partner Major Sarah MacKenzie.
four years of being on the show, Catherine now has amazing popularity
among fans, especially those in Australia. In November 1999,
Catherine became the very first television star to be presented
with the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Research
Spirit of Hollywood Award. David James Elliott presented
the award to his co-star, saying that Catherine was more than
deserving of the great honour.