Thursday, November 18, 2010

Katie Holmes Biography and Full Profile

Name: Katie Holmes
Birth Name : Kate Noelle Holmes
Born: 18 December 1978 (Age: 31)
Where: Toledo, Ohio USA
Height: 5' 9"
Awards: No major awards yet

TV stardom can be both a blessing and a curse for wannabe film actors. For every George Clooney there's a hundred David Carusos, those whose charisma could fill a living-room but who faded to impotence when the screen turned silver. One of the more interesting cases of the mid-Noughties was Sarah Michelle Gellar, who cleverly paced herself from Buffy the Vampire Slayer through two Scooby-Doo movies into the US remake of shocker The Grudge. Another would be Katie Holmes. Having earned a huge and loyal teenage following via six seasons of Dawson's Creek, wherein she cemented her image as the feisty but virginal and decent Joey Potter, her move into films would see her gradually, carefully draw away this veil of innocence and, as she grew deeper into her twenties, reveal herself as an actress of great intelligence and ability. Scarlett Johansson would often be described as the finest screen actress of a new generation, but Holmes was the dark horse, coming up quietly on the rails.
She was born Katherine Noelle Holmes on the 18th of December, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio, a large-ish town on the Maumee River, right by Lake Erie and some 40 miles south of Detroit. Her father, Martin, was a lawyer, doing well enough for his wife Kathleen to work as homemaker for their five children, of whom Katie was the youngest - following sisters Tamera, Holly and Nancy, and brother Martin. Dad was tall, very tall, an ex college basketball player, and Kathleen was far above average height, too, a reserved and lady-like beauty. Young Katie would inherit some of this height (eventually reaching 5 foot 9), her concomitant skinniness making her a gawky kid. This did not help as she attempted to follow in the family tradition of sporting excellence, an attempt part-thwarted when, in 7th Grade, a schoolmate accidentally hit her in the left eye, messing up her vision. When tired she would now see double from it, requiring corrective glasses. Thus sport was not to be her field of expertise.

Instead, having taken piano and singing lessons from a young age, Katie found her place in theatre, excelling in productions put on at the nun-run Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic all-girls high school her mother had attended before her. As the school's strict codes of conduct saw all the pupils wearing uniform, Katie had little opportunity to think about the likes of clothes and boys, instead focusing on work, excelling in chorus, dance and drama. Her father helped to keep her on the straight and narrow, his size intimidating predatory would-be boyfriends. Consequently, she only ever dated "nice" boys, and never broke her parents' curfew.
Katie Holmes ( full name Katherine Noelle Holmes ) was born on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. The youngest of five children - Katie Holmes has three older sisters and an older brother - she had no intention of becoming an actress while growing up in Toledo.

Biography and Career :
Katie Holmes' mother, Kathy Holmes, enrolled her long-legged daughter into Margaret O'Brien's Modeling School in Toledo, which ultimately led Katie Holmes to her present career path. During her summer vacation from Notre Dame Academy (an all-girls Catholic high school), a 17-year old Katie Holmes attended a modeling convention in New York City.

At the convention, a talent scout from Los Angeles approached Katie Holmes and encouraged her to spend the rest of the summer in California auditioni
ng. Katie Holmes was off to Hollywood with her mother to try her luck at acting, despite her father's original skepticism.

Luck was definitely on Katie Holmes' side, since her feature film debut took no more than one audition. Inexperienced and tinged with a drop of naivete, she was cast in The Ice Strom, as Tobey Maguire's girlfriend.

After filming The Ice Storm, Katie Holmes returned to Toledo in order to complete high school. Katie Holmes was apparently offered the role of Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but luckily for Sarah Michelle Gellar, Katie Holmes declined in order to graduate high school. With a film credit and a newfound passion, Katie Holmes dedicated her summer to starring in a local theatre production of Damn Yankees. That's when Katie Holmes heard a rumor that Kevin Williamson of Scream fame was casting actors for his television teenage drama.
With nothing to lose, Katie Holmes sent in her home video audition and hoped for the best. And that's what the Dawson's Creek screenwriter/producer saw when he watched her tape: the best. Fully impressed by what he saw, Williamson immediately invited Katie to come to the West Coast for a callback, but due to her commitment to Damn Yankees, she asked Williamson whether the offer could be postponed to a later date.

Obviously worth the wait, he rescheduled so that Katie Holmes could attend. Williamson didn't need acting experience credits to convince him that Katie Holmes was right for the part of Joey Potter for Dawson's Creek. Katie Holmes was immediately cast as the girl from the wrong side of the creek in the series that was garnering rave reviews even before its premiere.

Viewers have been tuning in to Katie Holmes and the high school drama since 1998, watching the cast of angst-ridden teens (which also includes pouty-lipped Michelle Williams) deal with teenage life.

Based on the success of Dawson's Creek and its popularity among teens, Katie Holmes was cast in the thriller Disturbing Behavior in 1998. The following summer, Katie Holmes could be seen in theatres in two feature films; Go, and as the heroine in Teaching Mrs. Tingle (also directed by Kevin Williamson).

While still roaming the halls of high school in Dawson's Creek, Katie Holmes appeared in Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas and her Ice Storm co-star, Tobey Maguire.

Winner of the 1999 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance, Katie Holmes was also voted one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" and Sweden's Expressen Fredag's "Babe of the Year" in 1998.

Filmography :
Year Movie Role
1997 The Ice Storm Libbets Casey
1998 Disturbing Behavior Rachel Wagner
1999 Go Claire Montgomery
1999 Muppets from Space Joey Potter
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Leigh Ann Watson
2000 Wonder Boys Hannah Green
2000 The Gift Jessica King
2002 Abandon Katie Burke
2003 Phone Booth Pamela McFadden
2003 The Singing Detective Nurse Mills
2003 Pieces of April April Burns
2004 First Daughter Samantha Mackenzie
2005 Batman Begins Rachel Dawes
2006 Thank You for Smoking Heather Holloway
Katie Holmes Image :


Anonymous said...

In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Holmes said that she brings arts and crafts when she travels so daughter Suri will always feel at home. Katie also revealed that husband Tom Cruise got her a sewing machine for her birthday.

Anonymous said...

Katie Holmes speaks out about photos that showed daughter Suri holding a box of 'boy-part' gummies.

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