Name:Katherine Marie Heigl
Date of Birth:November 24, 1978
Place of Birth:Washington, D.C. U.S
Katherine Marie Heigl is an American actress and producer. Katherine Heigl is possibly best known for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on ABC's Grey's Anatomy from 2005 to 2010, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series in 2007. Katherine Heigl has also starred in films such as Knocked Up, Zyzzyx Road, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers, and Life As We Know It.
Heigl started her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models before she turned her attention to acting. Katherine Heigl made her debut in the coming-of-age film That Night. Heigl co-starred as Isabel Evans in the television series Roswell and movies including My Father the Hero before landing her break-out role in Grey's Anatomy. Heigl has established herself as a cover model appearing on numerous publications including Maxim, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan.
Heigl is married to singer Josh Kelley, with whom she has a daughter.
Early Llife and Family
Heigl was born in Washington, D.C., at Columbia Hospital for Women. Katherine Heigl is the daughter of Nancy (née Engelhardt), a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive and accountant. Heigl has German and Irish ancestry,and was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Katherine Heigl is the youngest of four children (her siblings are Meg, Jason (deceased), and Holt). Heigl lived in Virginia and then Denver before her family settled in Connecticut, when 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, 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. Heigl was unnerved by this at the time but became a strong proponent of organ donation, working as a spokesperson for Donate Life America.After Jason Heigl's death, their parents converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (prior to that her mother was Lutheran and her father Catholic).
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, 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 television spot for Cheerios cereal.
Katherine Heigl made her acting debut in the 1992 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 comedy My Father the Hero. During this time, Heigl continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her film 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, she starred in the Steven Seagal action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Heigl portrayed a 16-year-old travelling on a train across a mountain pass 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 film 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. Katherine Heigl landed the lead role in Disney's made-for-television film Wish Upon a Star in 1996, portraying two body-swapping characters along with Danielle Harris. Also in 1996, Heigl'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.
Rise to fame, 1999–2004In 1999, Heigl 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. Heigl had auditioned for all three of the show's female leads (the other two roles eventually went to Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino) before she was finally cast as Isabel, an alien human hybrid.
Heigl was frequently featured in photo essays in magazines such as Life, TV Guide, and Teen as well as FHM. Katherine Heigl 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 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 film, and Valentine, a horror film starring David Boreanaz and Denise Richards.
Heigl 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. Katherine Heigl 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 September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the film was shelved when its plot was considered inappropriate. It reemerged in 2003 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, Heigl appeared in three television movies. Katherine Heigl 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. (Katherine Heigl 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 October 2003, Heigl was cast opposite Johnny Knoxville in The Ringer, a Farrelly brothers comedy that was released in December 2005. Heigl 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.
Breakthrough, 2005–present In 2005, 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 television series on broadcast television. The same year, Heigl landed the starring role in the independent film, Side Effects, a romantic comedy about marketing and the pharmaceutical industry, where she was also executive producer. 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, Paul Rudd, 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. Despite her run of success, she also starred in the box office bomb Zyzzyx Road which despite being filmed in 2004, was not released until 2006. It has been cited as the lowest grossing film of all time. Katherine Heigl has been on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list twice as of 2007.
Heigl at the 59th Annual Emmy Awards in 2007On September 16, 2007, 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. Katherine Heigl starred in the film, 27 Dresses which was released in January 2008, playing alongside James Marsden. Heigl was announced the Most Desirable Woman of 2008, according to AskMen.com.
There was some speculation that Heigl might 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 film 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 Izzie 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, Heigl starred opposite Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth, which opened July 24.
Heigl starred in the Lionsgate comedy-thriller Killers, opposite Ashton Kutcher, which was released June 4, 2010. Katherine Heigl next starred in and produced the big-screen drama Life As We Know It. The film revolved 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 directed the film.
Whether or not Heigl would leave Grey's Anatomy remained to be seen for the bigger part of season six.However, on March 11, 2010, Heigl reportedly did not show up for work when she was supposed to, and she and Shonda Rhimes had apparently come to an agreement to release her from her contract immediately. Therefore, Heigl's last appearance on the January 21 episode of Grey's Anatomy is also her final appearance on the season. Heigl said that her departure was not about advancing her film career but that she wanted to focus more on her family.
Heigl won greater financial success after Knocked Up (2007). The movie grossed $148,761,765 in the U.S., for which she earned a salary of $300,000 USD. Heigl got higher wages in the film 27 Dresses (2008), for which she received $6 million USD.; and for the films Killers (2010) and Life as We Know It (2010), for which she was paid $12 million each.
Animal welfare projects Heigl has worked with Best Friends Animal Society on several projects including their Pup My Ride program. The program transports small dogs from high-kill animal shelters to other parts of the US where there is a greater demand for such dogs. Katherine Heigl involvement in this led her to give Best Friends a grant which would fund a year of the program.
Heigl and her mother, Nancy, then started Heigl's Hounds of Hope which operates as part of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. The Foundation was created in honor of Katherine's brother, who was killed in a car accident in 1986 at the age of fifteen. Heigl's Hounds of Hope rescues larger dogs with behavior problems from shelters with a high kill rate and rehabilitates them through training and other adjustments to make them suitable for re-homing.
As of 2009, Heigl had six dogs of her own.
In June 2006, Heigl became engaged to singer Josh Kelley, whom she had met a year earlier on the set of his music video for "Only You". They chose not to live together before they were married, with Heigl later explaining, "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." They were married on December 23, 2007 in Park City, Utah. In September 2009, Heigl and Kelley adopted a daughter, Nancy Leigh "Naleigh" Kelley (born November 23, 2008), from South Korea, the birthplace of Heigl's sister.
1992 That Night Kathryn
1993 King of the Hill Christina Sebastian
1994 My Father the Hero Nicole Nominated—Young Artist Award – Best Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Sarah Ryback
1997 Prince Valiant Princess Ilene
1997 Stand-ins Taffy-Rita Hayworth's Stand-in
1998 Bug Buster Shannon Griffin
1998 Bride of Chucky Jade
2000 100 Girls Arlene
2001 Valentine Shelley Fisher
2003 Descendant Ann Hedgerow/Emily Hedgerow
2003 Critical Assembly Aizy Hayward
2005 Side Effects Karly Hert Executive producer
2005 Ringer, TheThe Ringer Lynn Sheridan
2006 Zyzzyx Road Marissa
2006 Caffeine Laura
2007 Knocked Up Alison Scott Nominated—Empire Award – Best Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Teen Choice Award – Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
2008 27 Dresses Jane Nichols
2009 Ugly Truth, TheThe Ugly Truth Abby Richter Executive producer
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Teen Choice Award – Choice Summer Movie Star: Female
2010 Killers Jen Kornfeldt Aimes
2010 Life as We Know It Holly Berenson Executive producer
2011 New Year's Eve Laura Carrington
2012 One for the Money Stephanie Plum
2012 The Wedding Lyla Griffin
Television 1996 Wish Upon a Star Alexia Wheaton/Hayley Wheaton Television movie
1998 Tempest, TheThe Tempest Miranda Prosper Television movie
1999–2002 Roswell Isabel Evans 61 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
Nominated—Teen Choice Award – Choice Television Actress
2001 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Andrea Collins Episode: "Cradle of Darkness"
2003 Vegas Dick Television movie
2003 Love Comes Softly Marty Claridge Television movie
2003 Wuthering Heights Isabel Linton Television movie
2003 Evil Never Dies Eve Television movie
2004 Love's Enduring Promise Marty Claridge Davis Television movie
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Romy White Television movie
2005–2010 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens 109 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series (2007)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2007, 2008)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award – Choice Television Actress