Katherine Heigl. biography
Actress Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978, in Washington, D.C. and first got her start in the entertainment industry when she signed with famed agency Wilhelmina Models at the age of 9. She appeared in several modeling gigs and commercials before making her film debut in the romance drama That Night (1992) at the age of 11 and landing her first substantial role in the comedy My Father the Hero (1994) when she was only 14-years-old.
In 1999, Heigl landed another starring role in the teen sci-fi series Roswell for three seasons before ending in 2002, followed by an appearance in the prequel to the cult classic Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), titled Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2002). Her big break later came in the form of a TV pilot about medical interns at Seattle Grace Hospital, called Grey's Anatomy. The new show debuted in March 2005 on ABC and was a tremendous hit, ultimately launching Heigl's career to new Hollywood heights. In that same year, Heigl made a cameo in the music video for singer Josh Kelley and the two soon developed a relationship. A year later, the two were engaged and got married in Park City, Utah in 2007.
For her intriguing performance as Izzie Stevens, Heigl earned a 2007 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her popularity continued to soar with her role alongside Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd in the comedy Knocked Up (2007), but took a big hit when she publicly took sides in an ugly dispute between her cast mates T.R. Knight and Isaiah Washington, ultimately siding with Knight. Heigl's reputation quickly took a turn for the worst after making controversial comments in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, referring to the writing on Grey's Anatomy as "a ratings ploy" and calling Knocked Up "[The film is] a little sexist... It paints the women as shrewds, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys."
The press immediately attacked the star for her diva-like symptoms stemming from her success as soon as the article was published, calling her ungrateful and conceited. Heigl further enraged critics when she retracted herself from a 2008 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, stating, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination." She eventually left Grey's Anatomy in 2010, prior to adopting a special-needs baby with her husband, named Nancy Leigh.
Despite the backlash from critics, Heigl continued to find success in several romantic comedy box office hits, including 27 Dresses (2008), The Ugly Truth (2009) opposite Gerard Butler, Killers (2010) alongside Ashton Kutcher and Life as We Know It (2010). She also obtained the rights to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novel series and recently starred in the first part of the film adaptation, One for the Money (2012).
Heigl's upcoming films include, the comedy The Big Wedding (2013) with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, the animated comedy The Nut Job (2013) and the thriller Face Blind (2013).
Katherine Heigl Husband & Dating History Timeline
October 1999 - 2002
Heigl began dating her Roswell co-star Jason Behr in 1999, while they were playing alien siblings. But, once the show came to an end, so did their romance.
2005 - Present
Heigl and musician Josh Kelley began developing a relationship when she was playing the slutty girl-next-door in his "Only You" music video. Despite her character's image fading soon after the video wrapped, the couple went on to get engaged in June 2006.
On December 23, 2007, the two tied the knot in a private ceremony, witnessed by her Grey's Anatomy costars T.R. Knight, Kate Walsh and Sandra Oh (among others) in Park City, Utah.
In September 2009, the happily married couple adopted a baby girl with special needs from South Korea, who they named Nancy Leigh. They later adopted their U.S. -born daughter Adalaide Marie Hope.