Nov. 24th, 1978
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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Katherine Marie Heigl (born November 24, 1978) is an American actress, film producer and former fashion model.
Born in Washington, DC. to Nancy and Paul Heigl. A short time afterward, the family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where Katherine was to spend the majority of her childhood; the youngest member of her family, Katherine--or "Katie" as she is nicknamed--has two elder siblings, John and Meg. Tragically, her older brother Jason died in 1986 of brain injuries suffered in a car accident, after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck. When doctors determined he was brain-dead, the family made the difficult decision to donate his organs. Not only did this painful chapter give Heigl a greater perspective and appreciation for life, but it motivated her to use her celebrity to promote the importance of organ donation.
Following a number of commercials and modeling assignments for Sears and Lord & Taylor, she made her big-screen debut in That Night (1992), which starred 'Juliette Lewis and 'C. Thomas Howell'. It was then that she realized that acting rather than modeling was her passion. In 1993, Heigl appeared in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed Depression-era drama King of the Hill (1993), before landing her first leading role as a rebellious teenager alongside 'Gerard Depardieu' in My Father the Hero (1994). During this time, Heigl continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her academic studies with work on films and modeling, which she undertook during holidays, vacations and weekends.
In 1995, she played Sarah Ryback, the niece of Steven Seagal's character, in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), which was her "debut" in the action film genre. Acting was now becoming a stronger focus for Heigl, although she still modeled extensively, appearing regularly in magazines such as Seventeen. Television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) and Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) soon followed, before she took the lead role in Disney's Wish Upon a Star (1996) in 1996. It was also during that year that Heigl's parents divorced and, following her graduation from high school in 1997, she moved with her mother into a four-bedroom house in Los Angeles' Malibu Canyon area. This enabled her to focus upon acting with the guidance and support of her mother, who now managed her career.
In 1997, Heigl portrayed Taffy Entwhistle, Rita Hayworth's stand-in, in Stand-ins (1997) and was also cast as the beauteous Princess Ilene in the European production Prince Valiant (1997). She then made her made-for-TV movie debut, co-starring with 'Peter Fonda' in a re-working of the classic Shakespearean play The Tempest (1998), updated with an American Civil War theme. In this film, she played Miranda Prosper, a young woman torn between her love for both her father and a Union soldier. Bug Buster (1998) and Bride of Chucky (1998) represented a venture into the horror genre for Katherine. While both films could be described as rather tongue-in-cheek despite their gory emphases, Bride of Chucky (1998) was the better received, both critically and commercially.
In 1999, Heigl decided to branch out into series television when she accepted the role of the haughty yet vulnerable Isabel Evans on Roswell (1999), a show that blended teen angst with sci-fi drama. Though she had never planned to embark on a career in television, the role of Isabel, a teenager with a secret life, was an offer she found impossible to refuse. In the series, Isabel, her brother Max (Jason Behr) and their friend Michael (Brendan Fehr) are aliens passing as humans in Roswell, New Mexico, as they desperately try to hide the truth from government agencies, the people of Roswell and even their own adopted families.
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, the couple adopted a daughter, Nancy Leigh "Naleigh" Mi-Eun Kelley, from South Korea, the birthplace of Heigl's adoptive sister. Naleigh, whom they named after Heigl's mother and sister, was born with a heart defect and underwent open heart surgery before leaving Korea. In April 2012, Kelley and Heigl adopted a second daughter, Adalaide Marie Hope Kelley, from the U.S.
Heigl's brother-in-law is singer Charles Kelley of the country music trio Lady Antebellum.
- Voted as #1 in 2008's Askmen.com "Top 99 sexiest women in the world" poll. (2008).
- She is half Irish and half German.
- Cut & dyed her hair for season 3 of _"Roswell" (1999)_ (qv).
- Auditioned for all 3 female leads on _"Roswell" (1999)_ (qv) before being cast as Isabel.
- 1996: Graduated from New Canaan High School.
- Has two older brothers, Holt and John; and older sister, Meg. Brother Jason died from head injuries suffered in a car accident when she was very young.
- Is related to actress 'Amber Perkins' (qv).
- Ranked #72 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)