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Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Kate Noelle "Katie" Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress from Ohio best known for her role as Joey Potter, the tomboy down the titular waterway on The WB television drama Dawson's Creek. Only her second role, Dawson's Creek made Holmes a star, praised by critics and adored by fans. Holmes' movie roles have ranged from art house films such as Pieces of April to thrillers such as Abandon, but she has not found the same success in films as she did on television.

In June 2005, she became engaged to the actor Tom Cruise, which made her the center of international press attention, much of it negative, claiming firstly the relationship was a publicity stunt and later speculating Cruise had brainwashed the actress into marriage and joining the Church of Scientology.

Early life and career

Holmes, born in Toledo, Ohio, is the youngest of the five children (four daughters, one son) of Martin J. Holmes, Sr., an attorney, and Kathleen Holmes. She lived in Sylvania Township and attended Catholic schools in Toledo, attending high school at the all-female Notre Dame Academy. While in high school, she went with her mother to Los Angeles to audition for pilots for television shows. She did not land a television role, but was cast as the character Libbets Casey in the film The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee and starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.

She returned to Toledo but her audition tapes continued to circulate. One reached the producers of a new show created by Kevin Williamson for Columbia Tri-Star Television: Dawson's Creek. Her appointment to read for it was unknowingly set by the producers for the same day as her high school production of Damn Yankees (she was playing Lola), but they permitted her to send a videotape rather than make her miss the show. Holmes read for the part of Joey, the tomboyish best friend of the title character, while her mother read Dawson's lines, including dialogue about sex and masturbation. Holmes won the part. Williamson said "She had those eyes, those eyes just stained with loneliness."

Dawson's Creek

Katie Holmes as Joey Potter in the TV series Dawsons Creek."Im a lot like Joey," she said. "I think they saw that. I come from a small town. I was a tomboy. Joey tries to be articulate and deny that she doesnt have a lot of experience in life. Her life parallels mine, which is all about new everything--relationships, personnel, perceptions—and about being guarded." Dawsons Creek filmed its first season in the spring and summer of 1997. Holmes moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show filmed, and for a time lived with creator Williamson.

At 59" (some sources say 57"), the tall brunette enchanted the press. "The Audrey Hepburn of her generation," was one typical comment. Variety, reviewing the pilot, said Holmes "is a confident young performer who delivers her lines with slyness and conviction." So good was Holmes that The New York Times Magazine would claim everyone in Hollywood was looking for the "Katie Holmes type" when casting shows. "The Katie Holmes type," the reporter claimed, "is a throwback to the 1950s: she is a smart girl next door (as opposed to the babe-o-rama blondes)"--the sort represented by her Dawsons Creek co-star Michelle Williams. But her "type" was no less attractive, Arena magazine declaring her "the most coquettishly sexy woman on television. Anywhere."

Dawsons Creek ran from 1998 to 2003 and Holmes was the only actor to appear in all 128 episodes. "It was very difficult for me to leave Wilmington, to have my little glass bubble burst and move on. I hate change. On the other hand it was refreshing to play someone else," she said in 2004. Holmes confirmed that, as is often the case on soaps, the character is a caricature of the actor:

I miss her spirit, and her spunk, and I miss her anxiety. She always had these long speeches about her fears and her future and love. It was a great tool for me personally because I got to get it all out. I was able to psychoanalyze all of it everyday with her and then I wouldnt have to do it on my own. So much of me is in Joey and it really felt like I grew up on television.

Film career

Holmes in 2005 characterized her film career as being a string of "bombs". "Usually Im not even in the top ten," she said, the highest grossing film of her career at that time being Phone Booth.

Her big break came when she had a role in the movie The Ice Storm (1997) she starred in a part opposite Tobey Maguire. Her first leading role came in Disturbing Behavior (1998), a Stepford Wives-goes-to-high school thriller where she was a loner from the wrong side of the tracks. Holmes won a MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for the role, though Holmes said the film was "just horrible". Next she was a disaffected supermarket clerk in Doug Limans stylish ensemble piece Go (1999). She had an uncredited cameo with Dawsons Creek co-star Joshua Jackson in Muppets From Space (1999), which was also filmed in Wilmington. Kevin Williamsons disaffection for his own high school days spawned Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), which he wrote and directed. Holmes played a straight-A student whose vindictive teacher (Helen Mirren) threatens to keep her from a desperately needed scholarship.

Katie Holmes on the Pieces of April DVD cover.In the academic world of Wonder Boys (2000), the witty and intelligent film version of the Michael Chabon novel, she had only a small role (six and one-half minutes of screen time). Even so, she attracted the attention of numerous film critics with her performance as Hannah Green, the talented creative writing student of pot-puffing Pittsburgh professor and one-hit novelist Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas). Hannah, who is smitten with Grady, is a boarder in his house. In a memorable scene, she offers a critique of his huge, unwieldy 2,611-page second novel, commenting, "Even though your book is really beautiful, its... very detailed. You know, with the genealogies of everyones horses, and the dental records, and so on. I could be wrong, but it sort of reads in places like you didnt make any choices." For Holmes, this role was the right choice, since it became a turning point in her career, demonstrating she could create a film character with depth and dimension when given a sophisticated screenplay.

In The Gift (2000), a Southern Gothic story directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett, she played the antithesis of Joey Potter: a slutty rich girl carrying on with everyone in town, from a white trash wife-beater (Keanu Reeves) to the district attorney (Gary Cole), and who winds up dead for her trouble. Holmes did her first nude scene for the film, baring her breasts in a scene where her character was about to be murdered. Of the scene, she said, "I just hope there arent a lot of pauses on DVD players." Her appearance deshabille was lamented by Varietys Steven Kloter: "It seems the only time we see a naked woman on screen is when someone like Katie Holmes needs to break with her sanitized WB past and march brazenly into a new future."

In Abandon (2002), written by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Holmes was a delusional and homicidal college student named "Katie." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times commended Holmes performance and the films intelligence, but other critics and audiences savaged it[1]. Holmes was the mistress of the public relations flack played by Colin Farrell in Phone Booth (2002) and Robert Downey, Jr.s nurse in The Singing Detective (2003). Her next starring role was in Pieces of April (2003), a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Variety said it was "one of her best film performances."

Holmes played the Presidents daughter in First Daughter, which was originally to be released in January 2004 on the same day as Chasing Liberty, the Mandy Moore film about a presidential daughter, but was ultimately released in September 2004 to dismal reviews and ticket sales. First Daughter, directed by Forest Whitaker, also starred Michael Keaton as Holmes father and Marc Blucas as her love interest. The Hollywood Reporters Kirk Honeycutt called Holmes character, Samantha Mackenzie, "a startling example of how a studio film can dumb down and neutralize the comic abilities of a lively young star."

In 2005, Holmes played Rachel Dawes, the love interest of the title character in Batman Begins.


Forthcoming roles

Entertainment Weekly reported in its December 17, 2004 issue that Holmes was to play the murdered wife of Spade Cooley in a biopic written and directed by Dennis Quaid, who is to play Cooley. Also forthcoming is an adaptation of Christopher Buckleys satirical novel Thank You For Smoking about a tobacco lobbyist played by Aaron Eckhart. The film is directed by Jason Reitman and Holmes plays a Washington reporter who seduces Eckhart.


Guest appearances and endorsements

Katie Holmes in an advertisement for The Gap.Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001, participating in a send-up of Dawsons Creek where she falls madly in love with Chris Kattans Mr. Peepers character and singing "Hey, Big Spender" from Sweet Charity. Holmes was annually named by FHM magazine as one of the sexiest women in the world from 1999 forward and was named one of Peoples "50 Most Beautiful People" in its May 12, 2003 issue. Teen People declared her one of the "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" in its June/July 2003 issue. She has appeared in advertisements for Garnier Lumia shampoos and The Gap.


Personal life

Holmes dated her Dawsons Creek co-star Joshua Jackson for several months, the relationship ending amicably. Holmes met actor Chris Klein in 2000. A Midwesterner like Holmes, Klein and Holmes were engaged in 2004, but in early 2005 Holmes and Klein broke off their engagement. Press accounts cited the distance imposed by their careers as a factor. In April 2005, about two months after her relationship with Klein ended, Holmes began dating actor Tom Cruise. They revealed their relationship at the Venice Film Festival. Holmes, a Catholic, joined the Church of Scientology as a result of Cruise, a longtime and vocal member. After weeks of dating, Cruise proposed to Holmes in the early morning of June 17, 2005 atop Pariss Eiffel Tower and she accepted. Holmess father has been quoted in the press saying favorable things about Cruise while admitting he had not met the actor.

Speculation was rampant in the press that the very public affair and engagement were merely designed to promote their upcoming movies, War of the Worlds and Batman Begins. A poll in People found that 62 per cent of readers believed the Cruise-Holmes affair was merely a publicity stunt. Even the staid New York Times expressed doubts, publishing an article headlined "I Love You With All My Hype." Articles doubting the actors sincerity noted that Cruise has been extremely private about his personal life and the flaunting of his new relationship was a marked contrast from his past behavior. The weak box office performance of Cruises most recent films and the series of "bombs" (her word) Holmes has appeared in was also cited.

Concern has also been voiced about Holmes and her relationship to Scientology. Roger Friedman of the Fox News Channel claimed that Katie Holmes disappeared for sixteen days in April when even her own family did not know where she was. Allegedly, the last time she had been seen, Holmes had flown to meet with Tom Cruise for a possible role in Mission Impossible 3. When she re-appeared, Holmes stated she was in love with Tom Cruise and studying Scientology. The actress then fired her long-time manager and agent and acquired a new "best friend," Jessica Feshbach, a prominent member of the Church of Scientology described as part of its "royalty". Feshbach has been referred to as Holmes Scientology "minder" as she follows the actress everywhere (including the bathroom) and openly tells Holmes what to say during interviews . The reports have led to claims Holmes has been coerced or brainwashed into marrying Cruise and promoting Scientology. Fans of the actress have established a web-site, Free Katie, promoting this theory, the site claiming to be "devoted to rescuing sweet Katie from the clutches of the mad scientologist Tom Cruise!"

On October 5, 2005, People magazine broke the news Holmes is pregnant, quoting Cruises sister and publicist. The child will be Holmess first and Cruises first biological child. (He has two adopted children, Connor, 10, and Isabella, 12, from his marriage to Nicole Kidman.) Holmes had previously claimed she would remain a virgin until she wed.


2005 Thank You For Smoking Heather Holloway Awaiting release
2005 Batman Begins Rachel Dawes
2004 First Daughter Samantha Mackenzie
2003 Pieces of April April Burns
2003 The Singing Detective Nurse Mills
2003 Phone Booth Pamela McFadden
2002 Abandon Katie Burke
2000 The Gift Jessica King
2000 Wonder Boys Hannah Green
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Leigh Ann Watson First starring role
1999 Muppets From Space Joey Potter Uncredited cameo
1999 Go Claire Montgomery
1998 Disturbing Behavior Rachel Wagner
1997 The Ice Storm Libbets Casey First professional role

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