Dec. 18th, 1978
Toledo, Ohio, USA
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Kate Noelle "Katie" Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003. Since Dawson's Creek, Holmes' career has consisted of movie roles such as in Batman Begins, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Mad Money, and Abandon. She has also played on Broadway in a production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons and had various guest roles on television programs such as How I Met Your Mother.
Holmes was born in Toledo, Ohio. She is the youngest of five children born to Kathleen (née Stothers), a homemaker and philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., an attorney. She has three sisters and one brother: Tamera, Holly Ann, Martin Joseph, Jr., and Nancy Kay. Holmes was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended Christ the King Church in Toledo.
She graduated from the all-female Notre Dame Academy in Toledo (also her mother's alma mater), where she was a 4.0 student. At St. John's Jesuit, a nearby all-male high school, Holmes appeared in school musicals, playing a waitress in Hello, Dolly! and Lola in Damn Yankees. She scored 1310 out of 1600 on her SAT and was accepted to Columbia University (and attended for a summer session); her father wanted her to become a doctor.
At age 14, she began classes at a modeling school in Toledo run by Margaret O'Brien, who took her to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Competition held in New York City in 1996. Eventually, Holmes was signed to an agent after performing a monologue from To Kill a Mockingbird. An audition tape was sent to the casting director for the 1997 film The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee. She was cast in the role of Libbets Casey, in the film which starred 'Kevin Kline' and 'Sigourney Weaver'.
Holmes later played the President's daughter in First Daughter, which was originally to be released in January 2004 on the same day as Chasing Liberty, another film about a president's daughter, but was ultimately released in September 2004 to dismal reviews and ticket sales. First Daughter, directed by Forest Whitaker, also starred 'Michael Keaton' as her father and 'Marc Blucas' as her love interest.
Holmes dated her Dawson's Creek co-star 'Joshua Jackson' early in the show's run. She met actor 'Chris Klein' in 2000. Klein and Holmes were engaged in late 2003, but in early 2005 she and Klein ended their relationship. Klein and Holmes have remained friends of varying degree since the breakup.
Weeks after her relationship with Klein ended, Holmes began dating actor 'Tom Cruise'. Holmes, who was raised a Roman Catholic, began studying the Church of Scientology shortly after the couple began dating. They got engaged in June 2005. Holmes and Cruise married (November 18, 2006) in a Scientology ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. The actors' publicist said the couple had "officialized" their marriage in Los Angeles the day before the Italian ceremony.
Holmes gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Suri (April 18, 2006). The name has Persian and Hebrew origins. The first photographs of Suri appeared in the October 2006 issue of Vanity Fair, shot by Annie Leibovitz, and became the publication's second best selling issue of all time, selling more than 700,000 copies.
On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Holmes had filed for divorce from Cruise in New York after five years of marriage. Following the announcement, those close to Holmes stated that Holmes believed she had reason to fear abduction of Suri by Cruise and also feared intimidation by the Church of Scientology. On July 9, 2012, it was announced the couple signed a divorce settlement worked out by their lawyers. This was the first divorce for Holmes and the third for Cruise. Holmes has custody of their daughter Suri. Because New York law requires that all divorce documents remain sealed, the exact terms of the settlement are not publicly available.
In July 2012, following the divorce of Holmes and Cruise, it was announced that their six-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise, would begin schooling in New York City at Avenues in September 2012. Suri was previously home-schooled.
In July 2009, Holmes, 'Nigel Lythgoe', 'Adam Shankman', and 'Carrie Ann Inaba' announced the launch of a dance scholarship fund called the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
In early March 2011, Holmes filed a $50-million libel lawsuit against Star magazine following a cover story which insinuated that she took drugs. The suit was settled on April 27, 2011, when Star wrote a public apology in the May 6, 2011, issue along with an undisclosed "substantial" donation to Holmes' charity Dizzy Feet Foundation.
- Dated actor and co-star of _"Dawson's Creek" (1998)_ (qv), 'Joshua Jackson' (qv), while filming Season 1 of the show and part of Season 2. She refers to him as her first love. They remain great friends.
- Ranked as #72 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
- The first concert she ever saw was 'Whitney Houston' (qv).
- Almost cast opposite Patrick Wilson (her co-star on Broadway's All My Sons), in the film version of Phantom of the Opera (2004) as Christine Daae', but was considered old to play the part.
- Auditioned for the role as Buffy Summers in the series _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv), but was too young.
- Engaged to actor 'Chris Klein (I)' (qv) December 2003 - March 2005. They were together for five years.
- Best Man at her wedding to 'Tom Cruise' (qv) was 'David Miscavige' (qv).
- Katie's brother-in-law Joseph Jeffrey Fretti, the husband of Holmes' eldest sister Tamera, was found dead on 12 April in his mother Shirley's home in Sarasota, Florida. He was 48.