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Katherine Heigl

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Date of Birth:24 November 1978
Birthplace:Washington, DC
First Name:Katherine
Middle Name:Marie
Last Name:Heigl
Height:5' 9" (175 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Sagittarius
Claim to Fame:Isabel Evans on Roswell
Occupation Category:Actress
Alternative Names:Katie, Kat, Isabel/Issie, Isobel/Izzie
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Biography for Katherine Heigl

Katherine Marie Heigl (born Nov. 24, 1978 (43 years ago)) is an American actress. She is best known for her role on Grey's Anatomy and her starring role in the movie Knocked Up.

Heigl started her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models before she turned her attention to acting. She made her debut in the coming-of-age film, That Night. Heigl appeared in the TV series Roswell and movies including My Father the Hero before landing her break out role in Grey's Anatomy. Over the years, Heigl has established herself as a sex symbol and cover model appearing on numerous publications including Maxim, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan.

Heigl married Josh Kelley in Park City, Utah on dec. 23, 2007 (14 years ago).

Early years

Heigl was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Nancy, a personal manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive/accountant. Heigl has German and Irish ancestry, and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is the youngest of four children (in addition to siblings Meg, Jason, and Holt). Heigl lived in Virginia and then Denver before her family settled in Connecticut, where they moved into a large, old Victorian-style farmhouse in the wealthy town of New Canaan, where she spent most of her childhood.

In 1986 (35 years ago), her older brother Jason died of injuries suffered in a car accident, after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck while out for lunch with some of his high school classmates. Following his death, the family decided to donate his organs. Afterward, their parents converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (prior to that her mother was Lutheran and her father Catholic). Heigl is now a strong proponent of organ donation. Although she is no longer a practicing Mormon, she remains positive on several aspects of the religion, and has expressed interest in returning to the faith.


Early work, 1986—1998

When Heigl was nine, an aunt visiting the family decided to take a number of photographs of her. After returning to her home in New York, her aunt sent the photos to a number of modeling agencies, with the permission of Heigl's parents. Within a few weeks, Heigl was signed with Wilhelmina Models as a child model. Soon after signing with The Agency (4 walls), a client slated Heigl for use in a magazine advertisement where she made her debut. At the time, she was earning $75 an hour posing for Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs. Heigl appeared in her first national TV spot for Cheerios cereal.

She made her acting debut in the 1992 (29 years ago) movie That Night. Heigl 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 (27 years ago) comedy My Father the Hero. During this time, Heigl continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her movie and modeling work with her academic studies. Heigl dropped out of New Canaan High School after her sophomore year to pursue her career in Hollywood.

In 1995 (26 years ago), she starred in the Steven Seagal action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Heigl portrayed his 16-year-old niece travelling on a train across a mountain pass (out of communications range) to visit the grave of her deceased father with uncle Casey Ryback (Seagal), an ex-SEAL counter-terrorist expert. The main plotline has the train hijacked by mercenaries in Colorado, keeping her as a hostage. Much of her work in the movie was opposite Morris Chestnut, Sandra Taylor and Everett McGill.

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-TV movie Wish Upon a Star in 1996 (25 years ago). Also in 1996 (25 years ago), Heigl's parents divorced and her mother was diagnosed with cancer. After her high school graduation in 1997 (24 years ago), she moved with her mother into a four-bedroom house in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles, and her mother became her manager.

In 1998 (23 years ago), 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 movie Bride of Chucky.

Rise to fame, 1999—2004

In 1999 (22 years ago), Heigl turned her attention to TV 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. Heigl had auditioned for all three of the show's female leads (the other two roles eventually went to Shiri Appleby (6 walls) and Majandra Delfino) before she was finally cast as human-alien hybrid Isabel.

Heigl was frequently featured in photo (wallpaper) 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 (15 years ago), Maxim awarded her #12 on their annual Hot 100List as well as voted the 19th "Sexiest Woman in the World" by readers of FHM magazine. While Roswell was in production, Heigl worked on several films, including 100 Girls, an independent 2001 (20 years ago) film, and Valentine, a horror movie starring David Boreanaz (6 walls) and Denise Richards.

Heigl accepted a role in Ground Zero, a TV thriller scheduled to be telecast that fall which was based on the bestselling James Mills novel The Seventh Power, in the spring of 2001 (20 years ago). 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. However, after the sep. 11, 2001 (20 years ago) terrorist attacks, the movie was shelved when its plot was considered inappropriate. It reemerged in 2003 (18 years ago) under the title Critical Assembly. After the attacks, Heigl recorded a public service announcement for the American Red Cross in an effort to help raise money for victims.

In 2003 (18 years ago), Heigl appeared in three TV 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.) Heigl played Isabella Linton in MTV's modern revamp of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. In Oct. 2003 (18 years ago), Heigl was cast opposite Johnny Knoxville in The Ringer, a Farrelly brothers comedy that was released in dec. 2005 (16 years ago). Heigl starred as Romy in the 2005 (16 years ago) TV movie Romy and Michele: In the Beginning, a prequel to the 1997 (24 years ago) movie Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Breakthrough, 2005—present

In 2005 (16 years ago), Heigl was cast in what would become her most high-profile role to date, as medical intern Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on Grey's Anatomy, an ABC medical drama. The show, originally introduced as a mid-season replacement, became a huge ratings success and is still one of the highest-rated TV series on broadcast TV. The same year, Heigl landed the starring role in the independent movie Side Effects, about marketing and the pharmaceutical industry. In late 2006 (15 years ago), Heigl was nominated for a Golden Globe award in the category Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series, or Motion picture (wallpaper) Made for TV for her work on Grey's Anatomy. Also in 2006 (15 years ago), she filmed Knocked Up, a comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow, starring opposite Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Apatow's real life wife, Leslie Mann. Upon its Jun. 2007 (14 years ago) theatrical release, the movie received largely positive reviews from critics, and proved to be a box office success. Despite her run of success, she also starred in the box office bomb Zyzzyx Road which despite being filmed in 2004 (17 years ago), was not released until 2006 (15 years ago). It has been cited as the lowest grossing movie of all time. She has been on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list twice as of 2007 (14 years ago).

On sep. 16, 2007 (14 years ago), Heigl won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzie Stevens. 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-jell 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 Jan. 2008 (13 years ago), playing alongside James Marsden.

There was some speculation that Katherine Heigl may be leaving Grey's Anatomy after the end of the 2008-2009 season. This speculation revolved around her refusal to put her name in for Emmy Award consideration and the time she had devoted to producing a movie version of Carolyn Jessop's book Escape. Grey's showrunner Shonda Rhimes said she was not insulted by Heigl's Emmy withdrawal, but also noted that Heigl's character Izzy had less to do during the season because Heigl asked for a light work schedule. However, despite Heigl's reported displeasure with the previous season as well as suggestions that her character had died, Heigl's return for the sixth season of Grey's has been confirmed by ABC.

In 2009 (12 years ago), Heigl starred opposite Gerard Butler (5 walls) in The Ugly Truth, which opened Jul. 24.

Heigl is currently filming the Lionsgate thriller Five Killers, opposite Ashton Kutcher. She has signed on to star in and produce the big-screen drama Life As We Know It. Life As We Know It revolves around a woman and a man whose respective best friends die in a car accident. Following the tragedy, they are left to share in caring for the deceased's orphaned daughter. Everwood creator Greg Berlanti will direct the film.

Personal life

Heigl dated Joey Lawrence in 1994 (27 years ago) and Roswell costar Jason Behr during the run of the series. In Jun. 2006 (15 years ago), she became engaged to singer Josh Kelley, whom she met on the set of his music video for "Only You". They were married on dec. 23, 2007 (14 years ago) in Park City, Utah. During a taping of Live With Regis and Kelly, Heigl stating that she and Kelley chose not to live together before they were married, saying, "I think I just wanted to save something for the actual marriage... I wanted there to be something to make the actual marriage different than the dating or the courtship." For their honeymoon they went to the Esperanza resort in Cabo San Lucas. In dec. 2007 (14 years ago), Heigl and Kelley moved into a new home in Los Feliz, California

At the end of 2007 (14 years ago), Barbara Walters named Heigl one of "The 11 Most Fascinating People of 2007" on an ABC program of that title. Heigl questioned her inclusion on the list, saying that in fact she is actually "quite boring...not, just kidding, but really".


  • 1992 (29 years ago): That Night
  • 1993 (28 years ago): King of the Hill
  • 1994 (27 years ago): My Father the Hero
  • 1995 (26 years ago): Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
  • 1996 (25 years ago): Wish Upon a Star
  • 1997 (24 years ago): Prince Valiant
  • 1997 (24 years ago): Stand-ins
  • 1998 (23 years ago): Bug Buster
  • 1998 (23 years ago): Bride of Chucky
  • 1998 (23 years ago): The Tempest
  • 1999 (22 years ago): Roswell
  • 2000 (21 years ago): 100 Girls
  • 2001 (20 years ago): Valentine
  • 2001 (20 years ago): The Twilight (54 walls) Zone
  • 2003 (18 years ago): Vegas Dick
  • 2003 (18 years ago): Love Comes Softly
  • 2003 (18 years ago): Wuthering Heights
  • 2003 (18 years ago): Evil Never Dies
  • 2003 (18 years ago): Critical Assembly
  • 2004 (17 years ago): Love's Enduring Promise
  • 2005 (16 years ago): Romy and Michele: In the Beginning
  • 2005 (16 years ago): Side Effects
  • 2005 (16 years ago): The Ringer
  • 2005 (16 years ago): Grey's Anatomy
  • 2006 (15 years ago): Zyzzyx Road
  • 2006 (15 years ago): Caffeine
  • 2007 (14 years ago): Knocked Up
  • 2008 (13 years ago): 27 Dresses
  • 2009 (12 years ago): The Ugly Truth
  • 2010 (11 years ago): Five Killers
  • 2010 (11 years ago): Life as We Know It
  • 2011 (10 years ago): Escape


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