Katherine Marie Heigl was born on Nov 24, 1978 in Washing D.C. to Nancy and Paul Heigl. The Heigl family lived in Virginia and Denver before they settled down in New Canaan, Connecticut. When Heigl was a child, her older brother, Jason died from injuries suffered in a car accident. After Jason’s unexpected death, the Heigl family converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became advocates for organ donation.
Heigl’s aunt, who was visiting the family, took photographs of her when she was nine-years-old. After her aunt return to New York, she submitted the photographs of Heigl to several modeling agencies with the permission of Heigl’s parents. Heigl was signed to the Wilhelmina Models within a few weeks. Heigl began modeling for magazine before she moved onto commercials. She also modeled for the Elite Modeling Agency.
In 1992, Heigl made her acting debut in That Night. Two years later, Heigl received her first leading role in the comedy, My Father the Hero. Meanwhile, Heigl was still attending New Canaan High School. However, she dropped out of high school during her sophomore year to focus on her modeling and acting career.
During 1996, Heigl’s parents divorced. Her mother was also diagnosed with cancer. After Heigl graduated from high school in 1997, she and her mother moved into a house in Los Angeles, California.
In 1999, Heigl garnered attention when she landed the role of Isabel Evans in the science fiction drama, Roswell. During her time on Roswell, Heigl still appeared in films, such as indie flick, 100 Girls and horror film, Valentine. After its third season, Roswell was cancelled.
Heigl received worldwide attention when she was casted as Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens on ABC medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy in 2005. The show quickly became one of the highest rated shows on television. For her performance in Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2007, Heigl won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Meanwhile, her film career also took off when she starred in the lead role of Alison Scott in Judd Apatow’s comedy, Knocked Up alongside Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. Upon its released in 2007, The film received critical acclaim and became a box office success.
In 2008, speculations began to circulate that Heigl wanted to leave Grey’s Anatomy. During the sixth season of the show, Heigl was released from her contract obligations to Grey’s Anatomy. Her character was written out in the middle of the sixth season. Since her departure from Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl has appeared in several comedies, such as The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It, and One for the Money.
Heigl has been married to singer, Josh Kelley since Dec 2007. The couple is the parents of two adopted daughters named Nancy Leigh “Naleigh” Kelley (born Nov 23, 2008) and Adelaide Marie Hope Kelley (born April 2012). She and her family currently live in Los Angeles, California.