Born Kate Noelle Holmes on December 18, 1978 in Toledo, OH, Katie Holmes embodies the wholesomeness and charm of the prototypical All-American girl while exhibiting just enough dark undertones to let her audience know that America’s Sweetheart has a few tricks up her sleeve. As angst-ridden tomboy Joey Potter on the WB network’s Dawson’s Creek, Holmes went from relative unknown to, as indicated by a 1999 Teen People ranking, one of the “21 Hottest Stars Under 21.”
Holmes grew up as part of a close-knit family in Toledo and first acted in high-school productions. Participation in a national model and talent convention landed her a trip to Los Angeles when she was 16, and it was there that Holmes auditioned for a role in Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm. The film, which was released in 1997, won critical acclaim, and Holmes’ role as the object of Tobey Maguire’s affections caught the attention of Kevin Williamson. Williamson, known for his screenplays for such movies as Scream and I Know… read more
She's unfairly critized as an actress- people seem hate her because she married Tom Cruise, but there's nothing wrong with her acting abilities -or her choices of films for that matter- the only mistake she's made career-wise, as I see it, was doing a film called First Daughter, and, off course, marrying Tom Cruise. Other than that. she's appeared in some great films and worked with some great directors.
Update: She shouldn't have done Jack and Jill either! Obviously! She should've done The Dark Knight though. Here's hoping she'll blossom... now that she's free. I hope she gets a gazillion dollars from Tom Cruise so she can concentrate on doing quality films and not worry about paychecks...