Katie Holmes

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Real Name: Kate Noelle Holmes
Birthday: December 18, 1978


Biography And Filmography:

Katie Holmes was born on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. The youngest of five children, she had no intention of becoming an actress while growing up in Toledo. Her mother enrolled Katie into the Margaret O'Brien's Modeling School in Toledo Ohio, which led to her present career.

During her summer vacation from Notre Dame Academy (an all-girls Catholic high school), Katie attended a modeling convention in New York City. While there, a talent scout from Los Angeles come up to her and encouraged her to spend the rest of the summer in California auditioning for movie roles. Holmes was off to Hollywood with her mother to try her luck at acting.

Her feature film debut took no more than one audition. Holmes was cast in 1997's "The Ice Storm" as Tobey Maguire's girlfriend. After filming, Katie, moved to Toledo to complete high school. She was then offered the role of "Buffy" in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", but luckily for Sarah Michelle Gellar, she turned it down in order to complete her graduation. Holmes learned that Kevin Williamson of "Scream" fame was casting actors for his television teen drama. She sent in her video audition tape and hoped for the best. Impressed by what he saw, Williamson instantly invited the actress to California for a callback.

Williamson knew Katie Holmes was right for the part of "Joey Potter" in "Dawson's Creek". Katie was cast as the girl from the wrong side of the creek in the television series that was winning outstanding reviews even before its premiere. Viewers and fans tuned in to see her and the high school drama from 1998 to 2003, watching the cast of young teens work through young life and romance in a small coastal town.

Capitalizing on the smash hit success of "Dawson's Creek" and its popularity among young teens, Katie was hired for the thriller "Disturbing Behavior" (1998) with Nick Stahl, where the new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens. The following summer, Holmes was hired and cast in the thriller "Go" (1999), the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view. Next, Katie was cast as the heroine in "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" (1999), the story of one girl who is willing to do anything to become Valedictorian; even if it means murdering the one person who stands in her way, Mrs. Tingle.

In 2000, while still working on "Dawson's Creek", Katie Holmes was cast in the comedy "Wonder Boys" (2000), starring Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr. and her "Ice Storm" co-star, Tobey Maguire, in a story about an English Professor who tries to deal with his wife leaving him, and the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. The film was nominated for several awards, mainly for the editing and musical score, including an Oscar at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe, Grammy Award for best song, and Teen Choice Award for Tobey Maguire. "Wonder Boys" was a smash hit and the world could not get enough of Katie Holmes.

Next was the mystery thriller "The Gift", about  woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared, and was included in a cast that also showcased Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves and Hilary Swank. Katie was the winner of the 1999 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance, and was voted one of "Teen People" magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21".

Holmes then appeared in the thriller "Phone Booth" (2002), working alongside stars Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland, about a slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth and is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed, and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding. Next was the mystery thriller "Abandon" (2002) with Benjamin Bratt, about a senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job.

Next was the comical musical mystery of  "The Singing Detective" (2003), with a blockbuster cast including Robert Downey Jr., and Mel Gibson, a funny film where from his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots. Holmes wrapped her year with the starring role in "Pieces of April" (2003), a dramatic comedy about a wayward daughter who invites her dying mother and the rest of her strahnge family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. In 2003, Katie got engaged to actor Chris Klein and "Dawson's Creek" saw its final season come to an end. 

The following year, Katie appeared in the movie "First Daughter" (2004), a dramatic comedy about the first daughter of the U.S. President who heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda. Holmes next starred with Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman in the action adventure movie "Batman Begins" (2005), the story of how Bruce Wayne became what he was destined to be - Batman.

Around this time Katie also started dating the actorTom Cruise. The relationship was seen in the tabloid media as the "Perfect Couple" However, after only two years the couple would divorce over what seemed to be a bad relationship. First was Tom's jumping and ranting on the Oprah Winfrey show about his love for her. Katie seemed a bit confused and embarrassed by the performance but was a good sport. Then, rumors of a pregnancy and the teachings of the "Church Of Scientology" and L. Ron Hubbard began to surface. After giving birth to Suri in 2006, the marriage dissolved among rumors that Katie wanted out of the Scientology ways of life and wanted to protect her and Suri from the influence of the Church. 

In 2006 Katie Holmes starred in "Thank You for Smoking" a satirical comedy that follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for this twelve-year-old son. Holmes the appeared in the crime drama "Mad Money" (2008) about three female employees of the Federal Reserve who plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

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