Katie Holmes was born Katherine Noelle Holmes on December 18, 1978. Holmes grew up in Toledo, Ohio and enjoyed acting in high school productions. When she was 16, Holmes flew to Los Angeles for a model and talent convention. While in LA, she ended up auditioning for a part in Ang Lee’s film, The Ice Storm, where she played Tobey Maguire’s love interest. Holmes’ performance in the film caught the attention of Kevin Williamson, who was looking to cast roles for his new television series, Dawson’s Creek.
Holmes auditioned for Dawson’s Creek via videotape, and won the part of Joey Potter. The series premiered on January 20, 1998. During the show’s run, Holmes also starred in Disturbing Behavior and Go. In Go, Holmes received acclaim from critics who hated everything else about the film. After Dawson’s Creek ended in 2003, Holmes starred in Phone Booth, opposite Collin Farrell. In 2004, she starred in First Daughter, along with Michael Keaton. Holmes hosted a Saturday Night Live episode on February 24, 2001.
In 2002, Holmes bought a townhome in Wilmington, North Carolina. She moved to Los Angeles after Dawson’s Creek ended, and then to New York a few years later. During the first season of Dawson’s Creek, Holmes dated Joshua Jackson, her co-star on the series. In 2000, she met and began dating actor Chris Klein. The couple split up in early 2005. On April 29, 2005, Holmes made her first public appearance with actor Tom Cruise, who is 16 years her senior. And, on May 23, 2005 Tom Cruise made his infamous couch jump on the Oprah Winfrey show, and exclaimed his love for Holmes.
On June 17, 2005, Tom Cruise proposed to Holmes on top of the Eiffel Tower, and she accepted. On the date of their engagement, Cruise was 42 and Holmes was 26. Holmes developed an interest in Scientology, much to the press’s dismay, and many thought that she had been brainwashed. The couple acquired the nickname “TomKat.”
Suri Cruise was born on April 18, 2006, one year exactly after the couple met. The first photos of Suri did not surface until October that year. Tabloid rumors circulated for months that the baby did not exist, and a “Free Katie” website was developed. In February 2007, Holmes said she would like more children.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married on November 18, 2006, in a 15th century castle in Bracciano, Italy. The couple honeymooned in Maldives.
On November 4, 2007, Katie Holmes completed the New York City Marathon, wearing a purple tank top and a FDNY hat. At the finish line, she was greeted by her parents and Tom and Suri. As of 2007, Cruise and Holmes live in a secluded mansion in Beverly Hills.