Fun Facts :
|1978||0||Birthday : 18th December
Full Name : Katherine Noelle Holmes
Birthplace : Toledo, Ohio
Father : Martin Joseph Holmes
Mother : Kathleen A
|1979-1991||1-13||Her high school was the all-female Notre Dame Academy, her mother’s alma mater, where Katie was a 4.0 student. At St. John’s Jesuit, a nearby all-male high school, she appeared in school musicals, playing a waiter in Hello, Dolly! and Lola in Damn Yankees. She scored 1310 on her SAT and was accepted to Columbia University and attended for a summer session; her father wanted her to be a doctor. Holmes loved reading: “I never feel lonely in a bookstore”, she said.|
|1992-1996||14-18||At age fourteen she began classes at a modeling school in Toledo run by Margaret O’Brien, who took her to a New York City talent expo in 1996. There she found an agent after performing a monologue from To Kill a Mockingbird. An audition tape was sent to the casting director for the 1997 film The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee. She was cast in the role of Libbets Casey, in the film which starred Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.The Blade reported she was offered the lead in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but she turned it down.|
|1997-2003||19||Columbia Tri-Star Television, producer of a new show, Dawson’s Creek created by screenwriter Kevin Williamson, asked her to come to Los Angeles to audition, but there was a conflict with her schedule. The producers permitted her to audition on videotape. Holmes read for the part of Joey Potter, the tomboy best friend of the title character Dawson, on a videotape shot in her basement, her mother reading Dawson’s lines. The Hollywood Reporter claimed the story of Holmes’s audition “has become the stuff of legend” and “no one even thought that it was weird that one of the female leads would audition via Federal Express.” Holmes won the part. Paul Stupin, executive producer of the show, said his first reaction on seeing her audition tape was “That’s Joey Potter!” Creator and executive producer Kevin Williamson said Holmes has a “unique combination of talent, beauty and skill that makes Hollywood come calling. But that’s just the beginning. To meet her is to instantly fall under her spell.””I’m a lot like Joey”, said Holmes. “I think they saw that. I come from a small town. I was a tomboy. Joey tries to be articulate and deny that she doesn’t have a lot of experience in life. Her life parallels mine, which is all about new everything—relationships, personal perceptions—and about being guarded.”|
|1998||20||Dawson’s Creek ran from 1998 to 2003, and Holmes was the only actor to appear in all 128 episodes.
Her first leading role came in Disturbing Behavior , a Scream-era Stepford Wives-goes-to-high school thriller, where she was a loner from the wrong side of the tracks.
Holmes dated her Dawson’s Creek co-star Joshua Jackson for all the first season and part of the second season, the relationship ending amicably. She told Rolling Stone, “I fell in love, I had my first love, and it was something so incredible and indescribable that I will treasure it always. And that I feel so fortunate because he’s now one of my best friends.”
|1999||21||Holmes played a disaffected supermarket clerk in Doug Liman’s acclaimed film, Go.
She had an uncredited cameo with Dawson’s Creek co-star Joshua Jackson in Muppets from Space.
In Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Holmes played a straight-A student whose vindictive teacher (Helen Mirren) threatens to keep her from a desperately needed scholarship.
|2000||22||In Wonder Boys, Holmes had a small role (six and one-half minutes of screen time) but nevertheless attracted the attention of numerous film critics with her performance as Hannah Green, the talented student who lusts after Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas), her creative writing instructor and landlord. Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times said she was “just right as the beauty with kind of a crush on the old man.”
In The Gift, a Southern Gothic story directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett, she played the antithesis of her Joey Potter character: a promiscuous rich girl having affairs with everyone from a sociopathic wife-beater (Keanu Reeves) to the district attorney (Gary Cole), and is murdered by her fiancé (Greg Kinnear). Holmes did her first nude scene for the film, baring her breasts and her buttocks in a thong in a scene where her character was about to be murdered. Of the scene, she said, “I just hope there aren’t a lot of pauses on DVD players.”
Holmes met actor Chris Klein in 2000.
|2002||24||In Abandon, written by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Holmes was a delusional, homicidal college student named “Katie.”
The actress played the mistress of the public relations flack played by Colin Farrell in Phone Booth.
Holmes purchased a townhouse in Wilmington in 2002.
|2003||25||She played Robert Downey, Jr.’s nurse in The Singing Detective. Holmes’s next starring role was in Pieces of April, a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Variety said it was “one of her best film performances.”
Klein and Holmes were engaged in late 2003. She was named one of People’s “50 Most Beautiful People”.
|2004||26||Holmes played the President’s daughter in First Daughter, which also starred Michael Keaton as her father and Marc Blucas as her love interest.|
|2005||27||In the film Batman Begins, the most successful film of her career to date, she played Rachel Dawes, an attorney in the Gotham City district attorney’s office and the childhood sweetheart of the title character. Variety was unenthusiastic. “Holmes is OK”, was its critic’s sole remark on her performance. She received a Golden Raspberry nomination for “worst supporting actress” for the film.
After speculation about her reprising her role in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins, it was finally confirmed by her agent that she decided not to reprise her role because she didn’t want to spend too much time away from her family. She also found the filming schedule for the film very hectic. Instead she decided to star in a comedy called Mad Money, opposite Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah.
In early 2005 she and Klein ended their relationship. Klein said of the split “We grew up. The fantasy was over and reality set in.”
Weeks after her relationship with Chris Klein ended, Holmes began dating actor Tom Cruise. Their first public appearance together was on April 29 in Rome, Italy, at the David di Donatello Awards, the Italian equivalent of the Oscars.
Holmes, baptized a Roman Catholic, became interested in the Church of Scientology soon after she began dating actor Cruise, a longtime member of and outspoken advocate for the church, who had himself been raised as a Catholic. On May 23, Cruise appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, jumping on Winfrey’s couch and vociferously declaring his love for Holmes. He went backstage and pulled the embarrassed actress onto the program. Cruise proposed to Holmes in the early morning of June 17 atop Paris’s Eiffel Tower; she accepted. The engagement ring to symbolize their impending union is a five carat oval diamond set in rose gold and platinum in a vintage, art deco design with a split shank.
The couple, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes together are known as TomKat in media.
Many stories in the press negatively noted Holmes’s interest in Cruise’s religion, the Church of Scientology, some suggesting she had been coerced or “brainwashed” into it.
|2006||28||She starred in the film version of 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.
On April 18, 2006, Katie gave birth to a baby girl named Suri, which Cruise claims means “princess” or “red rose”. Their daughter, who has been regularly referred to as “TomKitten” by major media outlets, will not be baptized as Catholic, as the couple are now “just Scientologists”.On November 18, 2006, Holmes and Cruise were married at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy, in a Scientology ceremony attended by many Hollywood stars. The day after the ceremony, the couple left for a honeymoon in the Maldives.
|2007||29||In Nov 2007, Katie Holmes ran New York Marathon under a alias. She finished it in 5 hrs and 30 mins. Tom Cruise, and their daughter Suri were present at the finish line. Holmes says she took up running to help lose the weight she gained while pregnant.|