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Full Name: Katherine Noelle Holmes
Date of Birth: December 18, 1978
Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Height: 5' 8"
Best Known For: Playing Joey on Dawson's Creek, her relationship with Tom Cruise
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A brunette natural beauty from a close-knit family in Toledo, Ohio, Katie Holmes landed the first two professional auditions of her career, resulting in her feature debut in the acclaimed The Ice Storm (1997) and a regular series role on the popular teen drama Dawson's Creek (1998-2003). While such accomplishments are virtually unheard of in Hollywood, and may easily be written off as amazing luck, those who have witnessed her work are not likely to discount her formidable talent and ease on camera.
With a promising turn as Libbets Casey, Tobey Maguire's love interest in Ang Lee's swinging 1970s set The Ice Storm, Holmes made the most of her supporting role, proving a compelling screen performer. While this big screen debut won the actress acclaim, television would soon make Katie Holmes a household name. Interestingly, the young actress' refreshing grounding in homespun values almost caused her to miss her auspicious small screen debut. Asked to audition for Kevin Williamson's smart teen drama Dawson's Creek on the same day she was to debut as Lola in her high school production of Damn Yankees, Holmes politely declined, citing that her commitment to fellow castmates and friends was more important. Casting agents wisely rescheduled, and Holmes won the role on the new series. As Joey Potter, Dawson's proverbial girl-next-door, she played the injured innocent, sweet, but with an edge, the product of a background far removed from the Holmes' own traditional and happy home. Faced with an imprisoned father, dead mother, and an overworked sister who is not only Joey's guardian, but has a new baby of her own, the character's everyday traumas were handled with grace by the actress. Holmes gave weekly standout performances on the popular series, even among a cast of palpably gifted and more experienced young actors.
Her skillful performance in the disappointing thriller Disturbing Behavior (1998) couldn't elevate that film above its uninspired predictability, and while Williamson's Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) showcased Holmes' glowing presence and unmatched watchability, it became apparent that it was high time she moved past the tired teen scream genre. A move in that direction came with her turn as a supermarket checkout girl caught up in a drug-related hostage situation in Doug Liman's indie ensemble film Go (1999). She was reunited with Tobey Maguire in Wonder Boys (2000), the Curtis Hanson-directed adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel chronicling a middle-aged author (Michael Douglas) plagued by writer's block.
With Go and Wonder Boys, in which she played a student pursuing her much-older professor, Holmes smartly chose feature film roles that played against her well-established Dawson's Creek persona, a challenge she continued to accept as more films came her way. In Sam Raimi's thriller The Gift (2000) she played a bitchy, man-eating Southern beauty who is brutally murdered, essaying a grown-up nude scene designed more to put the character of sweet-faced Joey behind her than to titillate. She took the lead in screenwriter-turned-director Stephen Gaghan's woman-in-jeopardy outing Abandon (2002), her first turn at carrying a picture in a mature leading role, and also joined the cast of director Joel Schumacher's 2003 action fest The Phone Booth.
Further honing her post-TV craft as her series entered its last season, Holmes took the lead in the indie Pieces of April (2003) playing a headstrong young woman trying to reconcile with her dying mother--a role than earned her much critical acclaim--and appeared in a supporting role in The Singing Detective (2003), an adaptation of the Dennis Potter book starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey, Jr. After that it was on to a role she had probably outgrown, First Daughter (2004), in which she was cast as an independent-minded Presidential offspring off to college who falls for the Secret Service agent assigned to protect her by posing as a dorm advisor.
Holmes got her introductory shot at a big-screen action blockbuster when she was cast as Bruce Wayne's childhood friend and love interest Rachel Dawes, an incorruptible Gotham City district attorney--and a character created especially for the screen--in Batman Begins (2005), the effective, involving re-launch of the popular film franchise focusing on the character's shadowy origins.
In early 2005, Holmes began a highly publicized relationship with actor Tom Cruise, sixteen years her senior. In June, two months after they first met, she became engaged to Cruise. Their relationship made Holmes the subject of international media attention, much of it negative, including speculation the relationship was a publicity stunt to promote the couple's films. Many reports commented negatively about the interest of Holmes, raised Roman Catholic, in Cruise's religion, Scientology. The couple announced Holmes was pregnant in October 2005; on April 18, 2006, she gave birth to Suri Cruise. On November 18, 2006, she and Cruise were married in Italy.
Also in 2005, Holmes appeared in the film based on Christopher Buckley's satirical novel Thank You for Smoking, about a tobacco lobbyist played by Aaron Eckhart, whom Holmes's character, a Washington reporter, seduces.After speculation about her reprising her role in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins, her agent confirmed that she had decided not to reprise her role in order to spent more time with her family. Instead she opted to star in the comedy Mad Money, opposite Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah. Mad Money is set for an early 2008 release, and tells the story of three women employees of the Federal Reserve who plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed. Other 2008 flicks featuring Holmes are the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder and The Other Side with Jason Lee, Woody Harrelson and Eddie Izzard.
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