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Katherine Marie Heigl

November 24, 1978

Washington, D.C.

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Katherine Heigl pictureKatherine Marie Heigl (born November 24, 1978) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American actress and former fashion model.




Birth name Katherine Marie Heigl

Born November 24, 1978 (1978-11-24) (age 29)

Washington, D.C., USA

Spouse(s) Josh Kelley (2007-present)


Emmy Awards

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series

2007 Grey's Anatomy

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Best Ensemble - Drama Series

2006 Grey's Anatomy






Early life

Heigl was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Nancy, a personal manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive/accountant.[1] She has German and Irish ancestry[2] and was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[3][4] She had a strict upbringing.[5] She is the youngest of four children (in addition to siblings Meg, Jason and John). 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.[6]


In 1986, her 15-year-old 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.[7] Heigl is now a strong proponent of organ donation.[8]



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, the aunt sent the photos to a number of modeling agencies, with the permission of Heigl's parents. Within a few weeks, Heigl was signed as a child model. Almost immediately, a client slated Heigl 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. 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 left New Canaan High School after her sophomore year to pursue her career in Hollywood. It's unclear if she ever graduated from high school.


She 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, Heigl's parents divorced and her mother was diagnosed with cancer.[5] 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, 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 3 female leads on Roswell before she was finally cast as Isabel.[9]


Heigl 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.[10] In May 2006, Maxim awarded her #12 on their annual Hot 100[11] List 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. 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, 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. 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 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.


In 2005, Heigl was cast in what would become 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, Heigl landed the starring role in the independent film Side Effects,[12] 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, 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.[13] 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.



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,[14][15][16][17][18][19] Heigl has been tagged as a potentially important and assertive modern proponent of women's rights.[20]


In a highly-publicized Vanity Fair interview, as one of the lead actors in the hit film Knocked Up, Heigl 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."[21][22] Following Heigl's controversial comments, an online survey of 927 individuals was performed by lifestyle publication Buzzsugar (a media product of Sugar Publishing) in which the overwhelming majority (59%) of movie-goers agreed that Knocked Up was sexist or could be viewed as sexist (although 38% were not personally offended) while 37% of viewers saw the film as devoid of sexist aspects.[23] In his review for The Guardian, humorist Joe Queenan called Knocked Up "the latest in a new genre of romantic comedies in which an unappealing hero gets together with a gorgeous, successful woman." [24]


Heigl'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.[25][26] Heigl 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."[27]


Personal life

Heigl was once in a relationship with Roswell costar Jason Behr.[28] In June 2006, she became engaged to singer Josh Kelley, whom she met on the set of his music video for "Only You."[29] The couple was married on December 23, 2007 in Park City, Utah.


At the end of 2007, Barbara Walters named Heigl one of the "Ten Most Fascinating People of 2007" on an ABC program of that title. Heigl later questioned her inclusion on the list, saying that in fact she is "quite boring".[30]



Year Title Role Notes

1992 That Night Kathryn 

1993 King of the Hill Christina Sebastian 

1994 My Father the Hero Nicole 

1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Sarah Ryback 

1996 Wish Upon a Star Alexia Wheaton made-for-television

1997 Prince Valiant Princess Ilene 

Stand-ins Taffy-Rita Hayworth's Stand-in 

1998 Bug Buster Shannon Griffin 

Bride of Chucky Jade 

The Tempest Miranda Prosper made-for-television

1999 Roswell Isabel Evans 1999-2002

2000 100 Girls Arlene 

2001 Valentine Shelley Fisher 

2003 Love Comes Softly Marty Claridge made-for-television

Wuthering Heights Isabel Linton made-for-television

Critical assembly Aizy Hayward 

2004 Love's Enduring Promise Marty Claridge made-for-television

2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Romy White made-for-television

Side Effects Karly Hert 

The Ringer Lynn Sheridan 

Grey's Anatomy Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens 2005-present

2006 Zyzzyx Road Marissa 

Caffeine Laura 

2007 Knocked Up Alison Scott 

2008 27 Dresses Jane 

2009 The Ugly Truth  




Primetime Emmy Awards

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Blythe Danner

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for Grey's Anatomy

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1.       Katherine Heigl^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/37/Katherine-Heigl.html

2.       ^ Robin Lynch (July 2001). Interview. Entrevue (archived at kheigl.com). Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

3.       ^ Interview. FHM (archived at kheigl.com) (November 2004). Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

4.       ^ William Keck (May 2007). Katherine Heigl positively glows. USA Today. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

5.       ^ a b Biography, page 4. Katherine Heigl Online. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

6.       ^ Levesque, John. "Doubtful at first, Heigl now a believer in 'Roswell'", nwsource.com, 2000-05-15. Retrieved on 2007-12-10. 

7.       ^ http://www.kheigl.com/print/star020505/

8.       ^ Deborah Starr Seibel (2006-10-08). Katherine Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy says... ‘‘I Needed To Make Sense of His Death’’. Parade. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

9.       ^ Katherine Heigl bio. tribute.ca. Retrieved on 2007-12-27.

10.   ^ Girls of Maxim: Katherine Heigl. Maxim star of Knocked Up. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

11.   ^ 200 Hot 100:Katherine Heigl. Maxim (May 2006). Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

12.   ^ Side Effects at the Internet Movie Database

13.   ^ Andrew Wallenstein (2007-09-17). Fox steers clear of utter disaster. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

14.   ^ New York Magazine http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2007/06/knocked_up_the_nussbaumsternbe.html ‘Knocked Up’ Brings the Gender Wars Back!

15.   ^ Vanity Fair (December 3, 2007). "Katherine Heigl Talks About Marriage, Ratings Ploys, and Why She Thinks Knocked Up Is Sexist". Press release. Retrieved on 2007-12-27.

16.   ^ Katherine Heigl Clarifies Knocked Up Remarks. People Magazine (December 7, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-30.

17.   ^ O'Rourke, Meghan. http://www.slate.com/id/2179621/ Katherine Heigl's Knocked Up

18.   ^ Joe Queenan (2007-09-04). Dumb and dumber. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.

19.   ^ Wloszczyna, Susan. "For Apatow, opportunity knocks," USA Today, 2007-05-06. Retrieved on June 4, 2007.

20.   ^ O'Rourke, Meghan. http://www.slate.com/id/2179621/ Katherine Heigl's Knocked Up

21.   ^ Vanity Fair (December 3, 2007). "Katherine Heigl Talks About Marriage, Ratings Ploys, and Why She Thinks Knocked Up Is Sexist". Press release. Retrieved on 2007-12-27.

22.   ^ Associated Press. Heigl having 'a really hard time' with 'Grey's' affair 2004. Retrieved on December 14, 2007,

23.   ^ Do You Think Knocked Up Is Sexist?. Buzzsugar. Retrieved on 2007-12-30.

24.   ^ Joe Queenan (2007-09-04). Dumb and dumber. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2007-12-18.

25.   ^ Katherine Heigl On How "Knocked Up" Is Sexist, Ratings Ploys And Mormonism?. The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 2007-12-30.

26.   ^ CALM DOWN! Katherine Heigl Did Not “Slam” Knocked Up. The Movie Blog. Retrieved on 2007-12-30.

27.   ^ Katherine Heigl Clarifies Knocked Up Remarks. People Magazine (December 7, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-30.

28.   ^ Love Comes Softly. TV Guide (archived at kheigl.com) (2003-04-12). Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

29.   ^ Grey's Anatomy Star Katherine Heigl Engaged. People (2006-06-16). Retrieved on 2007-09-17.

30.   ^ http://www.slate.com/id/2180955/




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