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A child model turned actress, Katherine Heigl was born Nov. 24, 1978, in Washington, D.C. She premiered on the silver screen in That Night (1992) before accepting a small part in director Steven Soderbergh's King of the Hill (1993), followed by a high-profile turn as GĂ©rard Depardieu's fractious daughter in My Father the Hero (1994).

The next few years brought Heigl mostly supporting parts in films such as Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) and Bride of Chucky (1998) before she landed a recurring role as an undercover alien on "Roswell." Heigl soon began turning heads with her shapely figure in made-for-TV fare such as Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005).

But Heigl ultimately found her niche -- and a considerable fan base -- playing hospital intern Izzie Stevens on the smash ensemble series "Grey's Anatomy." In 2007, the part garnered the star her first Emmy win.

Katherine Heigl in Life as We Know It

Life as We Know It

2010 PG-13

Caterer Holly and network sports director Eric discover a reciprocal hatred during an ill-fated first date -- but are forced to put their feelings aside when their mutual friends die and they become the guardians for orphaned Sophie.

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