Katherine Heigl Biography
Katherine Marie Heigl was born in Washington, DC, on November 24, 1978, to Nancy and Paul Heigl. A short time afterwards 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 Katherine a greater perspective and appreciation for life, but it motivated her to use her celebrity to promote the importance of organ donation.
Katherine was first thrust into the limelight as a child model. An aunt, visiting the family in New Canaan, took a number of photographs of her niece, then aged nine, in a series of poses to advertise a hair care product she had invented. Upon returning to New York, and with permission from Katherine's parents, she sent the photos to a number of modeling agencies. Within a few weeks Katherine had been signed to Wilhelmina, a renowned international modeling agency. Almost immediately she made her debut in a magazine advertisement, and soon followed this with an inaugural television appearance in a national commercial for Cheerios breakfast cereal.
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, Katherine 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 Gérard Depardieu in My Father the Hero (1994). During this time, Katherine 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 represented her first "action genre" film. Acting was now becoming a stronger focus for Katherine, 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 Katherine'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 Katherine portrayed Taffy Entwhistle, Rita Hayworth's stand-in, in the movie Stand-ins (1997), and was also cast as the beauteous Princess Ilene in the European production Prince Valiant (1997). Katherine then made her debut in made-for-television films, co-starring with Peter Fonda in a re-working of the classic Shakespearean play The Tempest (1998) (TV), updated with an American Civil War theme. This film saw her take on the role of Miranda Prosper, a young woman torn between her love for her father and that for 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" was the better received, both critically and commercially.
In 1999 Katherine 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. To publicize her role on "Roswell", Katherine graced the covers of magazines such as "TV Guide", "Maxim" and "Teen", and was interviewed on "Later with Cynthia Garrett" (1994) and "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (1999). Along with her mother Nancy, she also appeared in an episode of the Sci-Fi TV talk show "Crossing Over with John Edward" (1999), during which she spoke with John Edward, a psychic medium, about her late brother, Jason.
During the three years "Roswell" was in production, Katherine found time to work on several movies. 100 Girls (2000), an independent film released in 2001, is the story of a college freshman who meets the girl of his dreams in an elevator during a blackout, who spends the rest of the movie trying to find her again. Her cameo role is that of Arlene, the competitive tomboy. The second film, Valentine (2001), a horror film starring David Boreanaz and Denise Richards, appeared in U.S. theaters on February 2, 2001. In this movie, which is based upon the 1996 novel by Tom Savage, Katherine plays Shelley, a medical student who meets a sudden demise.
In the spring of 2001 Katherine accepted a role in NBC's Critical Assembly (2003) (TV), a two-hour, original television thriller. Katherine and Kerr Smith ("Dawson's Creek" (1998)) co-starred as brilliant and politically concerned college students who build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities, but are betrayed by a fellow student when the bomb ends up in the hands of a terrorist. Unfortunately, the telefilm, directed by Eric Laneuville, written by Tom Vaughan and based on the best-seller "The Seventh Power," by James Mills was shelved when its storyline was deemed too close for comfort to the events of September 11, 2001. It was eventually broadcast in 2003.
Since the cancellation of "Roswell" in the spring of 2002, Katherine has been busy with various projects, including an appearance on UPN's update of the classic television series, "The Twilight Zone" (2002). That episode, entitled "Cradle of Darkness", aired October 2, 2002, and featured Katherine in the role of a woman who goes back in time to stop one of the most notorious murders in history. In addition, she completed a movie, Descendant (2003), a psychological thriller inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." Katherine has also starred as Romy in ABC/Touchstone's two- hour telepic Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) (TV), a prequel to the 1997 feature Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).
During the summer of 2002, Katherine made a major decision in the direction of her career when she signed on for representation in all areas with the William Morris Agency, one of the biggest and most prestigious agencies in the entertainment industry. She is now being represented by Norman Aladjem at Paradigm Agency and being managed by Nancy Heigl and Stephanie Simon and Jason Newman at Untitled Entertainment.
More Interesting Information for Katherine Heigl
Was with the Elite Modelling Agency.
Has two older brothers, Holt and Jason; and older sister, Meg.
Auditioned for all 3 female leads on "Roswell" (1999) before being cast as Isabel.
She is half Irish and half German.
Began dating Joseph Lawrence in 1994. They met at Seventeen Magazine's 50th Anniversary party.
Graduated from New Canaan High School class of 1996.
Beat out Alicia Silverstone for the lead role in My Father the Hero (1994).
Her brother Jason died when Katherine was young.
Played the cello in High School.
Engaged to former "Roswell" (1999) co-star Jason Behr (2003- 2004).
Ranked #72 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)
Has the same birthday as her former "Roswell" (1999) co-star Colin Hanks.
Former girlfriend of Joseph Lawrence
Personal quotes from Katherine Heigl
"There are still men who come up to me today and say, 'You were really hot in that film!' I was 14, for God's sake!" - on her role in My Father the Hero (1994).
"One of the most interesting things about that show [Roswell] for me was that because Isabel was an alien, I got to do many things, so that was creatively satisfying. I think anyone's fear of getting involved in a show that could run for several years is that you'll be playing only one character for that long; that can get stale for an actor, so on Roswell, I really lucked out."
Katherine Heigl Filmography
Actress - filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s)
NFL Dad (2007) (rumored)
Knocked Up (2007) .... Allison Scott
Caffeine (2006) .... Laura
The 9th Passenger (2005) .... Delilah
The Ringer (2005)
Side Effects (2005/I) .... Karly Hert
"Grey's Anatomy" (2005) TV Series .... Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Zyzzyx Rd. (2005) .... Marissa
Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) (TV) .... Romy White
Love's Enduring Promise (2004) (TV) .... Marty Claridge
Wuthering Heights (2003) (TV) (as Katherine M. Heigl) .... Isabel
Critical Assembly (2003) (TV) .... Aizy
... aka Ground Zero (USA)
Descendant (2003) .... Ann Hedgerow/Emily Hedgerow
... aka Descendent, Descendent (USA)
Evil Never Dies (2003) (TV) .... Eve
Love Comes Softly (2003) (TV) .... Marty Claridge
Vegas Dick (2003) (TV)
Valentine (2001) .... Shelley Fisher
100 Girls (2000) .... Arlene, the Competitive Tomboy
"Roswell" (1999) TV Series .... Isabel Evans
... aka Roswell High (UK) (USA: working title)
The Tempest (1998) (TV) .... Miranda Prosper
Bride of Chucky (1998) .... Jade
Bug Buster (1998) .... Shannon Griffin
... aka Some Things Never Die (UK: video title)
Stand-ins (1997) .... Taffy-Rita Hayworth's Stand-in
Prince Valiant (1997) .... Princess Ilene
... aka Prinz Eisenherz (Germany)
Wish Upon a Star (1996) .... Alexia Wheaton
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) .... Sarah Ryback
... aka Under Siege 2
My Father the Hero (1994) .... Nicole
... aka My father, ce héros (France)
King of the Hill (1993) .... Christina Sebastian
That Night (1992) .... Kathryn
... aka One Hot Summer
Filmography as: Actress, Notable TV Guest Appearances
Notable TV Guest Appearances
"The Tony Danza Show" playing "Herself" (episode # 1.155) 20 May 2005
"The View" playing "Herself - Guest Host" 16 May 2005
"Last Call with Carson Daly" playing "Herself" 10 May 2005
"Total Request Live" playing "Herself" 10 May 2005
"The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" playing "Herself" 7 April 2003
"The Twilight Zone" playing "Andrea Collins" in episode: "Cradle of Darkness" (episode # 1.5) 2 October 2002
"Crossing Over with John Edward" playing "Herself" 8 August 2002
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" playing "Herself" 1 August 1995
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" playing "Herself" 18 July 1995