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Katherine Heigl is an American actress best known for her Emmy Award-winning role on Grey's Anatomy and starring role in the comedic film Knocked Up.
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Born in Washington, D.C. on November 24, 1978, Katherine Heigl is an Emmy Award-winning actress whose breakout role was as Dr. Isobel Stevens on the popular television show Grey's Anatomy. She went on to land a lead role in the 2007 comedy Knocked Up, co-starring with Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Not long after,
"I've been told I'm too forthright with opinions."
"Pretending seems pretty ridiculous to me. I didn't think that what I was was so bad that I needed to hide it."
Heigl earned negative publicity for making a series of controversial statements, including those criticizing the writers and producers of Grey's Anatomy and Knocked Up. Despite the negative attention, Heigl went on to land parts in many other films, including 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers and Life as We Know It. She is married to singer-songwriter Josh Kelley.
Katherine Marie Heigl was born in Washington, D.C. on November 24, 1978, to Paul and Nancy Heigl. The youngest of four children, Heigl and her family settled in New Canaan, Connecticut, when she was 5 years old. "I had a wonderful childhood," Heigl once recalled. "Things were very simple. Everyone else went to beer parties; we played sardines and charades and Scrabble and went to Baskin-Robbins. It was innocent, and it was lovely—because life gets complicated soon enough. Life gets hard soon enough."
Indeed, life did get hard for the actress. When Heigl was just 7 years old, her older brother, Jason, was killed in a car accident. Shortly afterward, her family converted to Mormonism. "It's hard work to grow and change and be honest with yourself about your mistakes, and I think the Mormons handle that beautifully. The faith I grew up with has influenced every decision I've made in my life—well, except for the bad ones!"
Heigl's life took another turn when she was 9, after an aunt sent pictures of her to modeling agencies. After signing with the internationally renowned agency Wilhelmina Models, Heigl began modeling, starring in commercials, and auditioning for television and film screen roles. She appeared in her first feature film, That Night, at age 11, and took her first lead role at age 14 in 1994's My Father the Hero. While still attending her local public school, she accepted a wide variety of acting and modeling jobs. Additionally, in August 1994, she appeared on the cover of Seventeen Magazine.
In 1996, Heigl's parents separated, and her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her mother's successful recovery, Heigl and her mother moved to Los Angeles to try to break into Hollywood. Her mother served as Heigl's manager. "I can't think of a single incidence in my life or career where my mother didn't put me first," Heigl once explained. "I know all the old clichés and that there is a stigma attached to it. But people who rush to judge don't understand our relationship."
Katherine Heigl's big break came in 1999, when she was cast in a starring role on the teen science-fiction show Roswell, which ran for three seasons.
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