{ katie holmes }

Date of birth (location): 18 December 1978 - Toledo, Ohio, USA
Birth Name: Kate Noelle Holmes
Love Life: (January 2004) Recently announced engagement to actor Chris Klein.
- (June 2005) Accepted marriage proposal from Tom Cruise at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. - (April 2006) Gave birth to her first child, Suri, alongside future husband, Tom Cruise.


Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Holmes began acting in high school theater productions in spite of a personal belief that acing careers couldn't be sustained living in the Midwest. "Toledo is a bit bigger than Capeside [the fictional location of DAWSON'S CREEK], but there are similarities," she says. "I'm a small town girl just like Joey. I wasn't the one that had the boys in high school. I was a little bit of a tomboy and also the youngest in my family, so I thought I knew everything. Like Joey, I made a lot of mistakes, but fortunately, I haven't had the tragedy that she's experienced in her life."

Her character, Joey Potter, Holmes explains, "is a high school girl that uses a tough attitude as a guard because she's been through so much. She's been hurt so many times that she doesn't want to be vulnerable and put herself out there for everyone. She lost her mom [to cancer] and her dad's in prison. Her relationship with Dawson has been the only stable thing in her life, and now that it's gone through so many changes, she has to assess who she really is and wants to become. Pacey, her former sparring partner, has helped her a lot through the past year when she felt really lost, and the relationship she's now building with him is perhaps the most adult one she's ever had."

While she's become a TV favorite in this teen role, Holmes was the first of the DAWSON'S CREEK cast to establish herself as a film star with a variety of challenging roles to her credit. Over the last hiatus, she completed filming on Paramount's new thriller "Abandon" co-starring Benjamin Bratt and Zooey Deschanel, and written and directed by Stephen Gaghan the award-winning writer of "Traffic."

Holmes has experienced incredible success, landing major parts in both feature films and television projects while participating in only a handful of auditions. Her very first professional audition resulted in a plum role in the award-winning film, "The Ice Storm," directed by Ang Lee ("Sense & Sensibility"). Subsequently, Holmes has appeared in a number of films including "Wonder Boys" co-starring Michael Douglas, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire, "Disturbing Behavior," co-starring Nick Stahl; "Teaching Mrs.Tingle," marking Kevin Williamson's directorial debut; and the feature "Go!" directed by Doug Liman ("Swingers"). Most recently, Holmes was seen in "The Gift," directed by Sam Raimi.

Holmes put her acceptance to the prestigious Columbia University on hold and is now living in Wilmington, North Carolina while working on DAWSON'S CREEK .

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» Her father Martin is a lawyer and her mother Kathy is a homemaker and a philanthropist.
» Voted as "Babe of the Year 98" (Årets Babe 98) by Expressen Fredag, Sweden.
» Graduated from Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls Roman Catholic school in Toledo, Ohio.
» Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21". [1999]
» Dated actor and co-star of "Dawson's Creek" (1998), Joshua Jackson, while filming Season 1 of the show and part of Season 2. She refers to him as her first love. They remain great friends.
» Deferred attending Columbia University twice, but finally took a single photography class in the summer of 2000.
» Bought a Wilmington, North Carolina townhouse, while filming "Dawson's Creek" (1998), and lived there for ten months of the year.
» Turned down the lead role in 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), due to scheduling conflicts.
» Auditioned for the role of Ellie Christianson in Wicked (1998), but Julia Stiles won the part.
» A small band from Japan have performed a song about her entitled "Katie"
» Was lined up to have a 3 episode guest spot on "Friends" (1994) but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts
» Likes to run three to four miles a couple of times a week to clear her head.
» The first movie she ever saw was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
» Her fantasy role was playing Sydney in Scream 3 (2000).
» The first concert she ever saw was Whitney Houston.
» Her favorite movie is My Best Friend's Wedding (1997).
» Sang Eponine's theme song, "On My Own" from Les Miserables, in an episode of "Dawson's Creek" (1998).
» Three older sisters: Tamera, Holly, Nancy. One older brother: Martin, Jr.
» Noisy underground British artist 'Firexit' has two songs with references to Katie, one called "K H" (Katie's initials) and a song called "The reason I can't have her" featuring samples of Katie singing 'On my own' from a "Dawson's Creek" (1998) episode.
» Auditioned for the role as Buffy Summers (_"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), the series), but she was too young.
» December 2003 - She and Chris Klein are engaged.
» Ranked #35 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
» Engaged to actor Chris Klein December 2003 - March 2005. They were together for five years.
» Shares a birthday with Brad Pitt, Casper Van Dien, Christina Aguilera, DMX, film critic Leonard Maltin and legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
» Engaged to Tom Cruise as of 17th June 2005
» Has worked with two Batmans. In Batman Begins (2005), she works with Christian Bale. Her previous film was First Daughter (2004), in which her father, the President, is played by Michael Keaton.
» Named #22 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
» The wedding date for her marriage to Tom Cruise has been set for July 7th 2006, months after their baby will be born.
» Holmes's couch-jumping-worthy engagement ring is a Edwardian-style oval- shaped diamond ring of about 5 carats in a pave setting.
» Katie and Tom Cruise became the parents of a girl named "Suri" on April 18, 2006 in Los Angeles. "Suri" weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches.
» Ranked as #72 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
» Her brother Martin works as a lawyer in Ohio.
» Had a reunion dinner with her former co-stars James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson in New York city in November 2005. It was the first time the entire DC cast met together at one place since 2003.

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