Of Irish and German parents, his father is named Paul Heigl and his mother Nancy Engelhardt. She grew up the youngest of four siblings (Holt, Jason, and Meg). In 1986, her brother, Jason, passed away from injuries caused by a truck accident.
Katherine’s parents decided to donate her brother’s organs, as she was brain dead, which created a strong awareness of the importance of donation in Katherine, who uses her fame to educate people to make this decision. After her brother Jason passed away, her parents converted to the Mormon religion, so she was raised under this religion.
Persona Life of Katherine Heigl:
On December 23, 2007, she married singer Josh Kelley, whom she met a few years ago shooting a video clip for the song Only you. The marriage took place in Utah and among the guests were Kate Walsh, T.R. Knight, and Sandra Oh.
In 2009, the couple adopted a Korean-born girl named Nancy Leigh but named Naleigh. In May 2012 the couple made public their new decision to adopt a girl named Adelaide Marie Hope who they affectionately call Addey. In June 2016, the couple announced that the actress was pregnant. On December 20, 2016, the actress gave birth to Joshua Bishop Kelley, Jr., the couple’s first biological child.
Vanity Fair published the list of the Top 40 Hollywood celebrities with the highest income throughout 2010. Heigl ranked 33rd on the list, earning about $ 16 million for her films.
Personal Life of Katherine Heigl:
Complete Name: Katherine Marie Heigl
Date of Birth: November 24, 1978
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation: Actress, Producer
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Blonde
Father: Paul Heigl
Mother: Nancy Heigl
Siblings: Meg Heigl, Holt Heigl, Jason Heigl,
Spouse: Josh Kelley (m. 2007)
Children: Nancy Leigh Kelley, Adalaide Marie Hope Kelley
First Film: That Night
First TV Show: Roswell
Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
Weight: 58 kg (128 pounds)
Bra Size: 34B
Shoe Size:5 (US)
Dress Size: 6 (US)
Body Measurements: 36-25-36
Active from: 1992-Present
Net Worth: $30 Million
Professional Life of Katherine Heigl:
She began her career as a model (Wilhelmina agency) and with some television appearances at the age of twelve. Her debut on the big screen was in the movie That Night, recorded in 1992. Later, on the small screen, she would get another success with the Roswell series, in which she played Isabel. Other television series credits include Romy and Michelle, Behind the Velvet Rope, Vegas Dick, Evil Never Dies for TBS.
In 2005, Katherine Heigl was cast in her biggest lead role to date, as intern physician Izzie Stevens in the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. The show was an instant hit and became one of the top-rated shows on television. Heigl received critical acclaim for her performance and garnered numerous awards.
In September 2007 she won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzie Stevens. In addition, in 2006 and 2007 she obtained Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or telefilm (also mention that in 2006 she participated in the lowest-grossing film in the United States, Zyzzyx Road, which only grossed 30 Dollars).
She rose to stardom on the big screen with Knocked Up (2007), a comedy by writer-director Judd Apatow alongside Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and proved to be a huge box office success, grossing US $ 219 million worldwide on a budget of US $ 30 million. Following this event, Heigl became the new “it girl” of Hollywood, according to Vanity Fair.
He starred with James Marsden in the film 27 Dresses (2008), for which he received $ 6 million. Again, it was a success, grossing $ 162 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of $ 30 million. However, he received mixed comments from critics.
Later, in 2009, he starred in the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth with Gerard Butler, which garnered negative reviews and a successful global box office gross of US $ 205 million.
In 2010, she starred in and produced the romantic comedy Life as We Know It with Josh Duhamel. The film garnered negative reviews but praised the chemistry between Heigl and Duhamel. It grossed $ 105 million on a budget of $ 38 million and was rated a moderate success.
Between 2007 and 2010, Heigl generated controversy for her comments related to Grey’s Anatomy and Knocked Up. In the first, Katherine Heigl publicly stated that she had chosen not to participate in the Emmys, so she withdrew her name before the nominations.
The reason for her was that she had not received enough material in the fourth season of the series to justify her nomination for the Emmy award. On the latter, in an interview with Vanity Fair, she admitted that she liked working with Apatow and Rogen, but she had a hard time appreciating the film, as she called it “a bit sexist.” This generated a wave of reaction in the media.
Amid speculation and conflict surrounding her stay on Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl left the series in the sixth season (2010). The reason was to focus on his own family.
The following romantic comedies that he starred in did not obtain the expected success, these were: Killers (2010) One for the Money (2012) 16 and The Big Wedding (2013). An exception was New Year’s Eve (2011), a choral film with an extensive cast that included Halle Berry, Sarah Paulson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Jon Bon Jovi, Sofia Vergara, among others. It was a success, raising $ 142 million.
In 2014, she told Marie Claire magazine that while she loved rom-com, she “hit her hard,” professing that “I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller. ” Therefore, from that year on, Heigl put romantic comedies aside. ”
She starred alongside Ben Barnes in the romantic drama Jackie & Ryan (2014). This film obtained a limited release and through Video on Demand. It got mixed reviews from the specialized press. Then, in the same year, she played the squirrel Andie in the animated film The Nut Job, which became a hit, reprising her role for its 2017 sequel, The Nut Job: Nutty by nature.
In the dark comedy Home Sweet Hell (2015) she played a rejected and jealous housewife. This film did not receive positive responses from critics. Later, she starred in the independent drama Jenny’s Wedding, for which she had to launch an Indiegogo campaign to finance production costs. Like the previous films, it was released by VOD and a limited release in select theaters.
She returns to mass cinema with the erotic thriller Unforgettable (2017 film) from Warner Bros. Pictures. Co-starring Rosario Dawson and Geoff Stults, was the first broad release in three years for Heigl. It flopped at the box office, grossing $ 4.7 million on its opening weekend and garnered mediocre reviews, but the performance of the cast, especially Heigl, was rated positively.
In 2014, he returned to television with State of Affairs (NBC) . After a successful premiere, as the episodes went by, the audience figures declined, which led to its cancellation. Later, in 2017, he starred in the drama CBS legal Doubt (television series) , but it received low ratings and was canceled after two episodes aired.
Despite her unsuccessful returns to television, she achieves her success by entering the cast of Suits in its eighth season, where she played Samantha Wheeler. She reprized her in the series’ ninth and final season.
In July 2019, she was cast for a starring role in the upcoming Netflix series Firefly Lane alongside Sarah Chalke, Ben Lawson and Beau Garrett. This drama series is based on the novel of the same name. , New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah. It will premiere on February 3, 2021.
Heigl will star in the psychological thriller Fear of Rain (also titled I Saw a Man with Yellow Eyes), written and directed by Castille Landon. The cast is completed by Harry Connick Jr., Madison Iseman and Israel Broussard. It is scheduled to be released on February 12, 2021 by Lionsgate.
In December 2020, it was announced that Katherine Heigl will star in and produce the miniseries “Woodhull,” to play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States, Victoria Woodhull.