Katherine Heigl Name: Katherine Marie Heigl Born: November 24, 1978 Nationality: American Category: Actress / Film producer [nggallery id=628] Grey’s Anatomy sweetheart: Katherine Heigl Internationally acclaimed model Film actress, model and producer Katherine Marie Heigl gained fame and popularity at a very early age, when one of her aunts sent her portfolio to leading model agents across the country and Wilhelmina modeling agency signed her up. Throughout her teens she modeled successfully for Cheerios, Sears and Lord and Taylor catalogues. It was in 1992 that she got her first movie break with The Night and later Steven Soderbergh’s King of the Hill. It was while working in movies like My Father the Hero opposite seasoned actors like Gerard Depardieu that she realized, her true calling was in acting and shifted away from modeling. She has appeared on the covers of a large number of leading magazines like, Maxim, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair. Grey’s Anatomy and stardom Heigl is best known for her Primetime Emmy award winning in the medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy. As Izzie Stevens she won the hearts of thousands of fans across the nation and the world at large. Her role won her the title of “Favorite Female TV Star” from People’s Choice Magazine. Her onscreen poignancy of character and relationships were commendable and won her critical acclaim and landed her lead roles in movies that were to come after Grey’s Anatomy. She has won a number of awards and received nominations for her performance in this drama series which include the Screen Actors Guild Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Young Hollywood Awards. The rom-com artist If there is one actress who can best be associated with American romance and comedy in the recent times, it will undoubtedly have to be Katherine Heigl. She has starred in popular rom-coms like Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and New Year’s Eve to name a few. Grey’s Anatomy was Heigl’s stepping stone to a career in movies and she has not looked back since. One of the best loved female American actresses, she is known for her jovial and hopeful characterization of female protagonists in her movies. Her beauty and sex appeal are unparalleled in the movie industry and time and again, her name has featured in Maxim and FHM magazines “100 sexiest” line ups. Despite her successful and satisfying movie career, it is rumored that Heigl will be returning to soap opera acting very soon. Philanthropy and personal life Heigl is a dog lover to say the least. She started the Heigl’s Hounds of Hope Foundation to help rehabilitate large, young dogs from shelters with high-kill rates. This foundation was a tribute to the memory of her deceased brother, who died in a car accident at a very young age. She is also campaigns for organ donation and similar charity works. Heigl was romantically involved with singer Josh Kelley for a year before they got married in 2007. The couple has two adopted children, one from South Korea and the other from the US. Heigl has a close relationship with her mother, who had managed her career during her youth, following her parent’s divorce.