Katherine Heigl

Award-Winning Actress / Model

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An Evening with Katherine Heigl

About Keynote Speaker Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl first reached international stardom for her Emmy-winning role in the hit television drama Grey’s Anatomy. Since that she scored fan and critic acclaim alike for starring in such movies as the 27 DressesKnocked Up, and The Ugly Truth.

When she was nine, an aunt visiting the family decided to take a number of photographs of her. She sent the photos to several model agencies in New York and few weeks after that Katherine was signed as a child model. She was soon posing for Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs, and television jobs quickly followed.

Her acting debut came in the 1992 movie That Night. After that she starred as “Christina Sebastian” in Steven Soderbergh’s depression-era drama King of the Hill before being cast in her first leading role in the 1994 comedy My Father the Hero. She then appeared alongside with Steven Seagal in the 1995 action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Despite an increased focus on her rising acting career, she still modeled extensively, appearing regularly in such magazines as Seventeen. She was awarded the lead role in Disney’s made-for-television film Wish Upon a Star in 1996, and two years later co-starred with Peter Fonda in a reworking of the classic Shakespearian play “The Tempest.” Later that year, she got part in the horror film Bride of Chucky.

In 1999, Heigl turned her attention to television when she accepted the role of “Isabel Evans” on the science fiction television drama Roswell, a role that was expanded in the show’s following seasons. While Roswell was in production, Heigl worked on several films, including 100 Girls, an independent 2001 film, and Valentine, a horror film starring David Boreanaz and Denise Richards.

Amidst her onscreen success, Heigl continued to be featured in photo essays in magazines such as TV Guide, Teen, Life, FHM, and Maxim. She appeared in FHM and Maxim calendars, was recognized as one of FHM’s annual “100 Sexiest Women in the World,” and was featured in the Girls of Maxim Gallery. In May 2006, Maxim named her #12 on their annual “Hot 100 List,” and she was voted by the readers of FHM the 19th “Sexiest Woman in the World”.

In 2005, Heigl was cast in what would become her most high-profile role, as “Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens” on Grey’s Anatomy, a hit medical drama. The show, originally introduced as a midseason replacement, became a huge ratings success. Later that year, Katherine landed the starring role in the independent film Side Effects, about marketing and the pharmaceutical industry.

She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2006 in the category Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on Grey’s Anatomy. That same year, she filmed Knocked Up, a comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow, starring with Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and Apatow’s real life wife, Leslie Mann. Upon its June 2007 theatrical release, the movie received largely positive reviews from critics, and proved to be a huge box office success.

On September 16, 2007, Heigl was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role in Grey’s Anatomy. Her latest movie is The Ugly Truth, in which she has a part opposite Gerard Butler.

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