The Heigl family was never in any doubt that Jason would have wanted his organs and tissues donated for transplant. She reprised the role of Marty in the sequel Love's Enduring Promise the next year. She co-starred as a brilliant and politically-concerned college student who helps to build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities; the device ends up in the hands of a terrorist following betrayal by a fellow student. She is the youngest of five children in addition to siblings Meg, Jason, Holt and John Heigl. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, however, the film was shelved when its plot was considered too inappropriate; it re-emerged in 2003 under the title Critical Assembly. The same year, Heigl landed the starring role of Karly Hert in the independent film Side Effects, about marketing and the pharmaceutical industry. After returning to her home in New York, the aunt sent the photos to a number of modeling agencies, with the permission of Heigl's parents.
She then appeared opposite Steven Seagal as Sarah in the 1995 action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Heigl appeared as Christina Sebastian in Steven Soderbergh's Depression-era drama King of the Hill before being cast in her first leading role as Nicole in the 1994 comedy My Father the Hero. After the terrorist attacks, Heigl recorded a passionate public service announcement for the American Red Cross in an effort to help raise money for victims. In 2003, Heigl appeared in three television movies. Heigl lived in Virginia and then Denver before her family settled in Connecticut, where they moved into a large, old Victorian-style farmhouse in the wealthy town of New Canaan. She has German and Irish ancestry and was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon , having a strict upbringing.
. Despite an increased focus on acting, she still modeled extensively, appearing regularly in magazines such as Seventeen. She returned to the horror genre with Evil Never Dies, a modern-day variation on the Frankenstein story co-starring Thomas Gibson. In October 2003, Heigl was cast opposite Johnny Knoxville in The Ringer, a Farrelly brothers comedy that was released in December 2005. While Roswell was in production, Heigl worked on several films, including 100 Girls, an independent 2001 film in which she played competitive tomboy Arlene, and Valentine Valentine, a horror film starring David Boreanaz and in which she played medical student Shelley Fisher, who was killed during the film's opening scene. Television jobs soon followed, the first in a national spot for Cheerios cereal. In late 2006, Heigl was nominated for a Golden Globe award in the category, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on Grey's.
After her high school graduation in 1997, she moved with her mother into a 4-bedroom house in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles, and her mother became her manager. The show, originally introduced as a midseason replacement, has become a huge ratings success. Her acting debut came with an appearance in the 1992 movie That Night. Within a few weeks, Heigl was signed as a child model. When doctors determined Jason was brain-dead following an 8-hour operation, the family decided to donate his organs to help save others.
Also in 1996, Heigl's parents divorced and her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Almost immediately, a client slated Heigl for use in a magazine advertisement where she made her debut. She took the lead role in Disney's made-for-television film Wish Upon a Star in 1996. Heigl is now a strong proponent of organ donation. Upon its June 2007 theatrical release, the film received largely positive reviews from critics, and proved to be a box office success. It was there that Katherine was to spend the majority of her childhood.
Love Comes Softly, for Hallmark Entertainment, found Heigl starring as Marty Claridge, a young, pregnant newlywed traveling west. In 1998, she co-starred with Peter Fonda in a re-working of the classic Shakespeare play The Tempest, set during the American Civil War. Heigl starred as Romy in the 2005 television movie Romy and Michele: In the Beginning, a prequel to the 1997 theatrical film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. Personal life Heigl was previously in a relationship with actor Jason Behr. Katherine and Josh married on December 23 2007. Career When Heigl was nine, an aunt visiting the family decided to take a number of photographs of the young Heigl. Katherine Heigl Personal Born: , 1978-11-24 age 39 Washington D.
During this time, Heigl continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her film and modeling work with her academic studies. Heigl accepted a role in Ground Zero, a television thriller scheduled to be telecast that fall which was based on the bestselling James Mills novel The Seventh Power, in the spring of 2001. In 1986, her 15-year-old older brother Jason died of injuries suffered in a car accident, after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck. Later that year, she starred in the horror film Bride of Chucky. . .
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