Katherine Marie Heigl (b.
Canaan, Connecticut, where Katherine was to spend the majority of her childhood.
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 9 - in series
of poses to advertise a hair care product she had invented.
Upon returning to
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, Katherine 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" before landing her first leading role as a rebellious teenager alongside Gerard 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 modelling, which she undertook during holidays, vacations and weekends.
It was during 1996 that Katherine's parents divorced, and
following her graduation in 1997, she moved with her mother
into a 4-bedroom house in Malibu Canyon,
In 1997, Katherine portrayed Taffy Entwhistle, Rita Hayworth's stand-in, in the movie "Stand-Ins," and was also cast as the beautiful Princess Ilene in "Prince Valiant," a European production also starring Stephen Moyer and Edward Fox.
Katherine then branched into the world of television films, co-starring with Peter Fonda in a re-working of the classic Shakespearian play "The Tempest" (1998), updated with an American Civil War theme.
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 venture into the world of
series television when she accepted the role of the haughty
yet vulnerable Isabel Evans on "
To publicize her role on "Roswell", Katherine graced the
covers of magazines such as
During the three years "Roswell" was in production, Katherine found time to work on several movies. '100 Girls', an independent film released in 2001. Katherine's cameo role is that of Arlene, the Competitive Tomboy. The second film, 'Valentine,' a horror film starring David Boreanaz and Denise Richards. Katherine plays Shelley, a medical student who meets a sudden demise.
In the spring of 2001, Katherine accepted a role in
'Ground Zero,' a two-hour, original television thriller
scheduled to be telecast that fall on NBC. Katherine and
Kerr Smith ('Dawson's Creek') 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 bestseller, 'The Seventh Power,'
by James Mills, was shelved when its storyline was deemed
too close for comfort to the terrible events of
Katherine recorded a passionate public service announcement for the American Red Cross in an effort to help raise money for victims of the atrocity.
"Ground Zero" re-surfaced in 2003 under the new title of "Critical Assembly". The film premiered on NBC on July 12th almost two years after its original release date.
Since the Fall of 2002, Katherine has continued to work
prolifically on an amazing variety of projects. "Romy and
Michele: Behind The Velvet Rope", Katherine was cast in the
role of Romy. It is a prequel to the movie - "Romy and
Michele's High School Reunion", which starred
"Love Comes Softly", a telefilm for Hallmark Entertainment, found Katherine starring in the role of Marty Claridge, a young, pregnant newlywed travelling west in a covered wagon, facing tragedy along with a new life. Based on a very successful series of books by Janette Oke, "Love Comes Softly" aired on cable's Hallmark Channel on April 13th, 2003. The film was a huge success and was received by the largest audience in Hallmark's history.
Katherine continued her worldwide travels when she was cast as Isabella Linton in MTV's contemporary take on Emily Bronte's classic novel "Wuthering Heights'.
Production wrapped on "Wuthering Heights" in May 2003 and the film premiered on MTV on September 14th. The New York Times film review wrote: "Katherine Heigl steals the movie as a s--y, scheming high-school Alpha girl."
Despite her hectic schedule, Katherine also found time to sign-up for the pilot presentation of a new television show. Entitled "Vegas Dick", the programme focuses on a former con man, played by Vincent Ventresca, who becomes an in-house casino detective. Katherine will portray the detective's boss, the daughter of the hotel and casino owner who also serves as the manager of both establishments.
In early 2003, Katherine's returned to the horror genre with "Evil Never Dies", a modern-day variation on the Frankenstein story co-starring Thomas Gibson as a police officer who discovers that the executed murderer of his wife is being brought back to life as part of a professor's sordid experiment. Katherine plays the role of the professor's assistant, whose motives are not as clear-cut as the police officer is first led to believe. "Evil Never Dies" was filmed in Melbourne, Australia, and broadcast on June 1st 2003 as TBS Superstation 'Movie Of The Week'.
Katherine attended the First Annual 'Share the Beat' gala on September 20th 2003. The event was organised and hosted by the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness and the Coalition on Donation ' two charities dedicated to inspiring all people to donate life through organ and tissue donation. Katherine and her mother Nancy were both members of the planning committee for the event. Organ and tissue donation is subject very close to both of their hearts, as Katherine's brother Jason was an organ donor.
In October 2003, Katherine was cast opposite
In her personal life, Katherine has been happily dating her former Roswell co-star, Jason Behr, for several years.
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