Katie Holmes Hot Photos At Fragrance Foundation Awards
Kate Noelle Holmes was born on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio, to Roman Catholic parents Martin, a divorce lawyer and Kathleen, a housewife. The new arrival was the youngest addition to the close-knit family of five children. At the all-girl Notre Dame Academy Catholic high school, she excelled in her studies. “I had Katie in my religion class,” remembers Sister Sally Marie Bohnett, “And I remember a bright-eyed, eager, happy student.”
At 14 Katie enrolled in modelling classes run by Margaret O’Brien who took her to New York in 1996 for a talent convention. There the pretty teenager was spotted by a talent scout, and soon won her first screen role as Libbets in The Ice Storm. “Katie was cast because she had the perfect amount of innocence and worldliness,” explained director Ang Lee. “She really is a beautiful girl, but there is also a lot of intelligence there and it shows.”
The straight-A student had showed an early penchant for acting, performing in school productions such as Hello, Dolly. Ironically this nearly led to her missing her big break. She was asked to audition for Kevin Williamson’s teen drama Dawson’s Creek in LA but it conflicted with her playing Lola in the school musical Damn Yankees and she politely declined the offer.
Fortunately the producers allowed her to send a video tape, and she won the part of Dawson Leery’s childhood sweetheart Joey Potter. “To meet her is to instantly fall under her spell,” said the show’s creator. Although she had been accepted to study at Columbia University, Katie put her further education on the back burner as the hugely popular series catapulted her to fame, with Time magazine declaring her “impossibly lovely”.