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Katherine Bailess (born April 24, 1980) is an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for playing the role of Erica Marsh on the CW's hit show One Tree Hill, Life and Death Brigade member Stephanie on Gilmore Girls, and Kyle Hart on the VH1 series Hit the Floor.
|Born||April 24, 1980|
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
|Education||St. Aloysius Catholic High School|
|Alma mater||Marymount Manhattan College|
|Occupation||Actress, dancer, singer-songwriter|
Bailess was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Natalie and Bobby Bailess. Her father is an attorney and was a former linebacker for the Ole Miss Rebels football team at the University of Mississippi and was a teammate with Archie Manning. She began training classically in dance at age 4. She also participated in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading throughout her childhood. At age 11, Bailess performed on the televised Miss Mississippi Pageant as a dancer, and continued to perform for the pageant for 7 years. She won scholarships to study dance at both the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project in Florida. She was a debutante. She attended St. Francis Xavier Convent School and later St. Aloysius Catholic High School, from which she graduated in 1998 before going on to attend Marymount Manhattan College where she studied musical theatre and dance. After college, Bailess went on to study at the William Esper Studio's two-year intensive program.
Bailess starred in the 2003 film From Justin to Kelly, playing the role of Alexa, and Universal’s Bring It On Again playing the role of Colleen Lipman. Her TV credits include recurring roles on the popular WB shows Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. Kat also recurred on Fox’s The Loop, Sordid Lives the Series and guest starred on NCIS. Bailess starred in the YouTube comedic series Shit Southern Women Say written and directed by Julia Fowler.
She co-produced the film Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale. Bailess was also featured on the soundtrack for From Justin to Kelly on the tracks "The Luv' (The Bounce)", "Wish Upon a Star", "That's the Way I Like It", and "Brighter Star".
|Yoga/Pilates Workout System||Herself||Video|
|2003||From Justin to Kelly||Alexa|
|2004||Bring It On Again||Colleen Lipman||Video|
|2006||Jackass Number Two||Dancer||Uncredited|
|Sea of Fear||Kate|
|2010||Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale||Stephanie||Also Producer|
|Below The Beltway||Hope P.|
|2013||2 Dead 2 Kill||Anna Falactic|
|2017||A Very Sordid Wedding||Greta Waring|
|2019||The Naughty List||Keegan Collier||completed|
|2004||Gilmore Girls||Girl||1 Episode|
|2005||One Tree Hill||Erica Marsh||6 Episodes|
|2007||The Loop||Wende||2 Episodes|
|The 15th Annual Movieguide Awards||Herself||Television movie|
|2008||New Now Next Awards||Television special|
|Sordid Lives: The Series||Nurse Waring||3 Episodes|
|2012||Class with Chadwick Chubb||Sexy Female Detective||Television movie|
|2013–2018||Hit the Floor||Kyle Hart||Main|
|2013||Do Something Awards||Herself||Television special|
|2014||Anger Management||Susie||1 Episode|
|2015||VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly||Herself||Television special|
|2016||The Playboy Morning Show||1 Episode|
|Noches con Platanito|
|Home & Family||Herself||2 Episodes|
|2016–2017||Another Blackout||Marcy||2 Episodes|
|2018||Deadly Matrimony||Sara Ross||Television movie|