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Catherine Fries Vaughn was born into a theatrical family in Los Angeles, where her family exposed her to the joys of the theater at a very young age. Catherine began taking acting, dance, and singing at the age of six, and her first job was on The Smothers Brothers Show when she was 13. Later, after attending USC for a brief time Catherine headed to New York and began work at Radio City Music Hall.
Catherine first appeared on Broadway in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? She then understudied Grizabella in the Los Angeles company of the Broadway production of CATS, and portrayed Eva Peron in Evita, for which she won a Drama-Logue award. Catherine also played opposite Anjelica Huston and Karen Black in the L.A. production of Tamara, toured with the Broadway national tour of Beauty and the Beast, and starred as Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd, at Cohoes Music Hall, NY. Her other notable regional credits include Patent Leather Shoes, at The Walnut Street Theater, and Paper Moon at The Walnut Street Theatre and Goodspeed Opera House. Catherine has also performed in six productions at The Hippodrome State Theater of Gainesville, FL, including Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children, Shelagh Stephenson’s The Memory of Water, Bat Boy: The Musical, and two productions of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Most recently, Catherine played Mary Todd Lincoln in Civil War Voices at The York Theater’s play reading series, and The Midtown International Theater Festival.
On the west coast, through the years Catherine has enjoyed performing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Peter in Peter Pan, and flying monkey / aerialist in a national tour of The Wizard of Oz, where she also understudied the role of Dorothy. Additionally, she had fun as a tap dancing maid for The L.A Opera production of The Mikado, starring the late Dudley Moore. Catherine counts herself as the shortest showgirl to grace the stages of Harvey’s and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, and she spent many months early in her career as Dainty June, in Gypsy, at The Union Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas. Catherine has also satisfied audiences by performing her self-contained nightclub act on board Holland America Cruise Line, as well as in many other venues around the country. Most recently, she performed in The Bikinis, A Musical Beach Party, at Central Alabama Theater, and in February Catherine will be portraying Kate Leigh, Australian crime boss, in Razorhurst at Luna Stage in New Jersey.