KatieHolmes got her start at the age of 14. After studying modeling and acting in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio, she signed with a manager in Los Angeles for greater opportunities.
At 19, she landed her first major role in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm opposite Tobey McGuire. Her performance caught the eye of Dawson's Creek creator Kevin Williamson, who asked the young actress to test for show. Holmes nabbed the part of Joey Potter on the teenage WB drama, which lasted for six seasons from 1998-2003 and made her a breakout star. During that time, Holmes also starred in several big screen movies, including Disturbing Behavior, Wonder Boys, The Gift and Pieces of April.
Off camera, the actress found love, first with her television costar Joshua Jackson, and later with American Pie actor Chris Klein. The pair dated for five years before calling off their engagement in early 2005. Shortly afterward, Holmes begins a whirlwind romance with movie star Tom Cruise.
The couple's courtship stirred up a media frenzy and generated the moniker TomKat. After a few short months of dating, they announced their engagement in March 2005. Holmes revealed that she was pregnant with the couple's first child together in October.
In April 2006, Holmes gave birth to a daughter named Suri. The couple kept their new baby out of the public eye for six months before posing with their bundle of joy on the cover of Vanity Fair in October. "This is my future," Holmes said. "This is my family and I care so much about them." The following month, Holmes and Cruise hosted numerous celebrity guests for their lavish wedding at Odescalchi Castle on Lake Bracciano in Italy.
In 2008, Holmes took a break from film and made her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. In 2009, she returned to the big screen in the indie flick The Romantics, which received critical acclaim. Holmes also branched out and launched her own fashion line with stylist Jeanne Yang called Holmes & Yang.
In June 2012, Holmes surprised the world and filed for divorce from Cruise, her husband of five years. Following the high-profile split, she returned to the stage in November starring in Dead Accounts.
In January 2013, Holmes landed a gig with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, becoming the first celebrity face of the brand. She was also cast in several upcoming film projects, including The Giver with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.
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