There are few family names that can be considered to be American celebrity ‘royalty’ quite like the name Cassidy. To anyone who came of age in the 1970’s, that last name is legendary. Not one, but two, teen idols shared that last name. Brothers David and Shaun Cassidy (sons of prolific actor Jack Cassidy) were the true original teen idols. They set the bar by which all future ‘Tiger Beat’ cover boys would be measured.
David Cassidy was the first, and probably best, known of the Cassidy boys with his star making role on “The Partridge Family” (with real-life stepmom, Shirley Jones) and his corresponding successful singing career. Despite enjoying the trappings of teen fame in the 1970’s, David managed to settle down and become a family man. One result of that transformation was the 1986 birth of the incredibly pretty Katie Cassidy.
Knowing the traps and pitfalls of childhood fame, Katie’s mother , Sheryl Williams (and David), kept her out of the professional acting arena until she completed high school. Katie did get to develop her acting chops with numerous community theatre productions throughout her formative years.
After turning 18, Katie dabbled in modeling as part of an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign and then took a multiple episode role on the WB mainstay show “7th Heaven”. Not long after, Katie scored her first major (non-horror) film role playing the role of the 27-year old version of Adam Sandler’s daughter in the 2006 film “Click” (which was one of Sandler’s rare, non-slapstick films).
Katie followed this by bolstering her television resume with extended stints on shows like “Supernatural” and “Harper’s Island”. This all paved the way for her first shot at being a Hollywood ‘It Girl’ when the CW decided to relaunch the 1990’s guilty pleasure, “Melrose Place”, with a new generation. The relaunch ended up not sticking around that long, but it did help Katie gain greater recognition.
She starred as the ill-fated best friend of Liam Neeson’s daughter in the surprise blockbuster “Taken”. Then she did the obligatory “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake before she starred with ‘New 2 Tats’ sweethearts, Leighton Meester and Selena Gomez, in “Monte Carlo” (see the picture of all three of them below). Katie is now starring in “Arrow”, a reimagining of DC Comics’ “Green Arrow”
The one that I have not been able to locate a photo of is one she has on her hip. It is supposed to be the number ‘1923’ and it is a tribute to her grandmother, actress Evelyn Ward, who was born that year.
Katie is usually wearing sandals, or going barefoot, any chance she gets. So, two of her other tattoos are frequently on display. The one she got first was a set of three small stars on top of her right foot. It represents her and her other two sisters. It’s a bond she shares with the other two because they also got the same tattoos, but just placed it in different spots on their bodies.
You can tell Katie got that tattoo first because her left ankle tattoo does not appear in the above photo. Her left ankle sports a gorgeous script design that reads “Love Thyself, Know Thyself, Be Thyself”. Below are some photos that show this cute tattoo (and cute star tattoo) up close, as well as in regular view when she’s at an event.
Finally, Katie has a set of petite feminine wings on the upper, middle part of her back. In the design, there is the Latin inscription “Alis volat Propiis”, which means ‘she flies with her own wings’. Katie always proudly shows this one off in her numerous low-back dresses.
You can get more Katie Cassidy info at her fan site: http://www.katie-cassidy.com/
And, you can follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/MzKatieCassidy