Katherine Heigl's Biography:
Katherine Marie Heigl (Katie) was born November 24, 1978 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Nancy, a personal manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive/accountant.
She is descended from both Irish and German ancestry. Katie was raised as a member of The Latter Day Saints and her upbringing as well as her religious training was very strict.
Her career is sizzling hot due to a string of successful TV and movie roles. She broke into the hearts of fans on TV's Roswell followed by her beloved role on Grey's Anatomy.
Her role in the film, Knocked Up, has made her wildly popular with the media and fans. Her most recent film was 27 Dresses which is a romantic comedy that was well received at the box office.
Katie is the youngest in a family of four. Her siblings include Meg, Jason and Holt. In 1986 her 15 year old brother Jason died from injuries he suffered in a car accident after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck while out for lunch with his high school classmates.
As a result of his death the family decided to donate his organs and they converted their religion from Catholic and Lutheran to Latter Day Saints. Katie is no longer actively practicing her religion. She is however a big support of organ donation.
Growing up Katie first lived in Virginia and then Denver before her family finally settled back East in Connecticut in New Canaan where Katie spent the bulk of her growing up years.
When Katie was nine, an aunt visiting the family decided to take a number of photographs of her. After returning to her home in New York, the aunt sent the photos to a number of modeling agencies, with the permission of Katie's parents.
Within a few weeks, Katie was signed as a child model. Almost immediately afterwards, a client slated Katie for use in a magazine advertisement where she made her debut.
She was soon earning $75 an hour posing for Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs. Television jobs soon followed, the first in a national spot for Cheerios cereal. She made her acting debut in the 1992 movie That Night.
Katie appeared as Christina Sebastian in Steven Soderbergh's Depression-era drama King of the Hill before being cast in her first leading role in the 1994 comedy My Father the Hero.
During this time, Katie continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her film and modeling work with her academic studies. Katie left New Canaan High School after her sophomore year to pursue her career full time in Hollywood.
Katie then appeared opposite Steven Seagal in the 1995 action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.
Despite an increased focus on acting, she still modeled extensively, appearing regularly in magazines such as Seventeen. She took the lead role in Disney's made-for-television film Wish Upon a Star in 1996. Also in 1996, Katie's parents divorced and her mother was diagnosed with cancer.
After her high school graduation in 1997, she moved with her mother into a four-bedroom house in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles, and her mother became her manager.
In 1998, she co-starred with Peter Fonda in a re-working of the classic Shakespearian play The Tempest, set during the American Civil War. Later that year, she starred in the horror film Bride of Chucky.
In 1999, Katie turned her attention to television when she accepted the role of Isabel Evans on the science fiction TV drama Roswell, a role that was expanded in the show's second and third seasons. Katie had auditioned for all 3 female leads on Roswell before she was finally cast as Isabel.
Katie was frequently featured in photo essays in magazines such as Life, TV Guide, and Teen as well as FHM. She appeared in the FHM and Maxim calendars, FHM's annual "100 Sexiest Women in the World", and was featured in the Girls of Maxim Gallery.
In May 2006, Maxim awarded Katie #12 on their annual Hot 100 List as well as voted the 19th "Sexiest Woman in the World" by readers of FHM magazine. While Roswell was in production, Katie worked on several films, including 100 Girls, an independent 2001 film, and Valentine, a horror film starring David Boreanaz and Denise Richards.
Katie accepted a role in Ground Zero, a television thriller scheduled to be telecast that fall which was based on the bestselling James Mills novel The Seventh Power, in the spring of 2001.
She co-starred as a brilliant and politically-concerned college student who helps to build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities; the device ends up in the hands of a terrorist following betrayal by a fellow student.
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, however, the film was shelved when its plot was considered inappropriate; it re-emerged in 2003 under the title Critical Assembly. After the attacks, Katie recorded a public service announcement for the American Red Cross in an effort to help raise money for victims.
In 2003, Katie appeared in three television movies. She returned to the horror genre with Evil Never Dies, a modern-day variation on the Frankenstein story co-starring Thomas Gibson. Love Comes Softly, for Hallmark Entertainment, found Heigl starring as Marty Claridge, a young, pregnant newlywed traveling west. (She reprised the role of Marty in the sequel Love's Enduring Promise the next year.)
She played Isabella Linton in MTV's modern revamp of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. In October 2003, Katie was cast opposite Johnny Knoxville in The Ringer, a Farrelly brothers comedy that was released in December 2005. She starred as Romy in the 2005 television movie Romy and Michele: In the Beginning, a prequel to the 1997 film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.
In 2005, Katie was cast in what the media has deemed her most high-profile role, as intern Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on Grey's Anatomy, an ABC medical drama. The show, originally introduced as a midseason replacement, has become a huge ratings success.
The same year, Katie landed the starring role in the independent film Side Effects, about marketing and the pharmaceutical industry. In late 2006, Heigl was nominated for a Golden Globe award in the category, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on Grey's Anatomy.
Also in 2006, she filmed Knocked Up, a comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow, starring opposite Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Apatow's real life wife, Leslie Mann. Upon its June 2007 theatrical release, the film received largely positive reviews from critics, and proved to be a box office success. She has been on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list twice as of 2007.
On September 16, 2007, Katie won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy.
In her acceptance speech she acknowledged that even her mother did not believe she would win, and when her name was called, she had to be censored vocally by the telecast's producers, due to her saying "Shit!" when she reacted to the win.
Earlier, she had corrected telecast announcer Rebecca Riedy, who had been given an incorrect phonetic spelling of Heigl's name, when she mispronounced her name as Hi-gell before the presentation of the award with Kyle Chandler for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
She starred in the film, 27 Dresses which was released in January 2008, playing alongside James Marsden.
Katherine Heigl was announced the Most Desirable Woman of 2008, according to AskMen.com.
Despite Katie's constant reassurances that she is "quite boring... really," Movie Entertainment called Katie a complex individual with many contrasts, referring to her as an "ex-model with a strong feminist streak" and an "actress known for her dramatic roles who really wants to do comedy."
In the wake of widespread media attention to accusations of sexism (including articles in New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Vanity Fair and People) against director and producer Judd Apatow and his film Knocked Up, Katherine Heigl has been tagged as a potentially important and assertive modern proponent of women's rights.
In a highly-publicized Vanity Fair interview, as one of the lead actors in the hit film Knocked Up, Katie admitted that though she enjoyed working with Apatow and Rogen, she had a hard time enjoying the film itself. She called the movie "a little sexist," claiming that the film "paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys."
Katie's comments spurred widespread reaction in the media, primarily consisting of ad hominem attacks in which she was called "an ungrateful traitor," "hypocrite," and "assertive, impatient go-getter who quickly tired of waiting for her boyfriend to propose," in some cases debasing her religious beliefs and criticizing her private relationships.
Katie clarified her remarks to People magazine, stating that, "My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously and to remember that it's a broad comedy," adding that, "Although I stand behind my opinion, I'm disheartened that it has become the focus of my experience with the movie."
The Guardian noted that Heigl's comments "provoked quite a backlash, and Heigl was described as ungrateful and a traitor. Some people even suggested she would never work again," remarks which in retrospect were not only proved demonstratively wrong but the publicity and promotion in the wake of her comments may well have propelled Katie's career.
Following her newest film release, 27 Dresses, the New York Post expressed some disappointment with the mismatch of Katie's talent with the "chick-flick" triviality of the film, suggesting that Katie might be more compatible "with female directors such as Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) or Tamara Jenkins (The Savages)...."
On the other hand, her newest project, The Ugly Truth, has been touted as "a battle of the sexes."
Katie was once in a relationship with Roswell costar Jason Behr but that relationship ended around the time the series ended.
In June 2006, she became engaged to singer Josh Kelley, whom she met on the set of his music video for "Only You." They were married on December 23, 2007 in Park City, Utah.
For their honeymoon they escaped to the plush Esperanza resort in Cabo San Lucas. In December 2007, Katie and Kelley moved into a new home in Los Feliz, California.
At the end of 2007, Barbara Walters named Katie one of the "The 11 Most Fascinating People of 2007 " on an ABC program of that title. Katie questioned her inclusion on the list, saying that in fact she is actually "quite boring.....not, just kidding, but really".
Katie is well known for her long luscious blonde tresses which coincidentally she cut from almost waist length to shoulder length after her marriage.
She is also known to struggle with her addiction to cigarrettes which she has promised to quit smoking at some point in the near future.
Katie has also talked about the fact that when she first met TR Knight she had an attraction to him but he never seemed to return the interest. This was explained when TR came out after the controversy on the Grey's Anatomy set which resulted in a major controversy.