Katie Holmes is an American actress, model, and filmmaker who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in 1998’s Disturbing Behavior, a thriller, which won her an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
In 2000 Holmes featured in Wonder Boys which got positive attention from many leading critics. Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001.
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1. Kate Noelle “Katie” Holmes was born December 18, 1978 in Toledo, Ohio.
2. She is the youngest of five children.
3. She was born to Kathleen, a homemaker and philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., an attorney.
4. She has three sisters and one brother. Holmes was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended Christ the King Church in Toledo.
5. She graduated from the all-female Notre Dame Academy in Toledo (also her mother’s alma mater), where she was a 4.0 student.
6. At St. John’s Jesuit and St. Francis de Sales, nearby all-male high schools, Holmes appeared in school musicals, playing a waitress in Hello, Dolly! and Lola in Damn Yankees.
7. She scored 1310 out of 1600 on her SAT and was accepted to Columbia University (and attended for a summer session)
8. Her father wanted her to become a doctor.
9. At age 14, she began classes at a modeling school in Toledo which led her to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Competition held in New York City in 1996.
10. Holmes was signed to an agent after performing a monologue from To Kill a Mockingbird.
11. An audition tape was sent to the casting director for the 1997 film The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee, and Holmes made her big-screen debut in the role of Libbets Casey in the film, opposite Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.
12. In the year 1997, she earned the role of Libbets Casey in “The Ice Storm,” as casting director Ang Lee was impressed with her performance at the competition. This marked the beginning of her career in acting.
13. The same year, she was reportedly offered the lead role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but she is said to have turned it down.
14. Following her successful role, she started sending in audition tapes for pilot shows, through which she landed the part of Joey Potter in “Dawson’s Creek” TV series in 1998.
15. It was not easy for her to get the chance as the audition for Joey Potter role clashed with her opening night for “Damn Yankees,” her all-girls Catholic high school musical, in which she played the role of Lola, due to which refused to audition..
16. However, the producers of “Dawson’s Creek” permitted her to audition via videotape, with her mother reading Dawson’s lines. Paul Stupin, executive producer of the show, once said his first reaction on seeing her audition tape was “That’s Joey Potter!”
17. Soon, she graced the covers of magazines such as Seventeen, TV Guide, and Rolling Stone. Jancee Dunn. According to an editor at Rolling Stone, Holmes was chosen because “every time you mention Dawson’s Creek you tend to get a lot of dolphin-like shrieks from teenage girls. The fact that she is drop-dead gorgeous didn’t hurt either.”
18. The cast of television’s ‘Dawson’s Creek’ poses for a photo in 1997. From left to right are Katie Holmes, James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, and Joshua Jackson.
19. She was voted as “Babe of the Year” in 1998, by Expressen Fredag, Sweden.
20. She started dating her “Dawson’s Creek” co-star Joshua Jackson, though the relationship did not last long. The duo remains to be close friends even now.
21. For the filming of “Dawson’s Creek,” she had to stay in Wilmington for 10 months a year. She bought her own town house and stayed there.
22. The same year, Holmes played the role of Rachel Wagner in “Disturbing Behavior” for which she received a MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.
23. In the year 1999, she starred in the movie “Go,” as Claire Montgomery, which was met with excellent reviews. Holmes’ performance was liked by critics.
24. She was listed as one of the sexiest women in the world, by both British and American editions of FHM magazine. Since then, she has been named so, every year.
25. Her next films were Kevin Williamson’s “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” with the part of Leigh Ann Watson, “Muppets from Space,” in which she had a cameo appearance, as Hannah Green in “Wonder Boys,” a very small role of just six and one-half minutes of screen time, and “The Gift,” for the role of Jessica King.
26. Her first nude scene was for the movie “The Gift,” which was met with disapproval in Ohio.
27. She started dating actor Chris Klein famous for his role in “American Pie,” with whom she had a romantic relationship for a few years.
28. The couple got engaged in the year 2003, but unfortunately broke up in March 2005. Chris Klein said about the breakup “From my side there was a lot of denial and fear about the future. It ended as amicably as these things can end.”
29. In the year 2001, she hosted her first Saturday Night Live show.
30. Holmes had her first leading role in “Abandon” as Katie Burke, the next year. The screenplay of the movie was suggested by the book “Adam’s Fall,” written by Sean Desmond. The writer of the film claimed that he wrote the character of Katie Burke with Holmes in mind.
31. She reportedly turned down the lead role in “40 Days and 40 Nights” (2002).
32. In May 2003, “Dawson’s Creek” TV series had its curtains fall for the last time, after 6 years. Holmes was the only actor to have appeared in all the 128 episodes.
33. Following the end of “Dawson’s Creek,” she had two movies – “Pieces of April” starring Derek Luke and Oliver Platt and “The Singing Detective,” with Robert Downey Jr as the lead, in the same year.
34. She was listed among 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine, while Teen People named her as one of the “25 Hottest Stars Under 25.”
35. In 2004, she was casted as Samantha Mackenzie in the movie “First Daughter,” in which Michael Keaton starred as her father and Marc Blucas as her love interest.
36. Her major breakthrough was when she landed the role of Rachel Dawes in the 2005 film “Batman Begins,” which is more likely the most successful movie of her career till date.
37. Holmes’ performance in the movie, as a childhood sweetheart and love interest to Batman/Bruce Wayne, earned her nominations for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as Golden Raspberry Worst Supporting Actress.
38. While the character doesn’t exist in “Batman” or any other DC Comics’ series, director Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David S. Goyer, created the role of Rachel Dawes, expressly for Holmes, with Claire Danes and Reese Witherspoon as backup considerations.
39. British artist ‘Firexit’ has two songs with references to Holmes, one called “K H” (her initials) and a song called “The reason I can’t have her” featuring samples of Holmes’ singing ‘On my own’ from a Dawson’s Creek (1998) episode. A Japanese small band even performed a song entitled “Katie” about her. She was also mentioned in the Bowling for Soup’s song “High School Never Ends.”
40. Following the break up with actor Klein in March 2005, she started dating “Mission Impossible” star Tom Cruise in April 2005. They met for the first time regarding a role for Holmes in “Mission Impossible 3.”
41. Holmes, who was raised a Catholic, began studying Scientology shortly after the couple began dating.
42. They got engaged in June 2005.
43. The couple’s daughter, Suri, was born on April 18, 2006. The name derives from the Persian meaning “Red Rose” and the Hebrew as a derivative of “Sarah” meaning princess.
44. On November 18, 2006, Holmes and Cruise were married in a Scientologist ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
45. The actors’ publicist said the couple had “officialized” their marriage in Los Angeles the day before the Italian ceremony.
46. On June 29, 2012, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in New York after five years of marriage. Following the announcement, those close to Holmes stated that she believed she had reason to fear that Cruise would abduct Suri, and also feared intimidation by the Church of Scientology.
47. On July 9, 2012, attorneys for the couple announced the couple signed a divorce settlement. This was the first divorce for Holmes and the third for Cruise. Holmes has custody of Suri.
48. Following her divorce from Cruise, Holmes returned to the Catholic Church and began attending St. Francis Xavier Church.
49. In early March 2011, Holmes filed a $50-million libel lawsuit against Star magazine following a cover story which insinuated that she took drugs. The suit was settled on April 27, 2011, when Star wrote a public apology in the May 6, 2011, issue along with an “undisclosed substantial donation” to Holmes’s charity, Dizzy Feet Foundation.
50. Holmes feels that she has a telepathic connection to her sisters. “If I’m thinking about my sister, she will end up calling me, it’s weird. Telepathic,” she once said.