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Heigl at the premiere of 27 Dresses in 2008
Born
Katherine Marie Heigl

(1978-11-24) November 24, 1978 (age 41)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Josh Kelley (m. 2007)
Children3
Website www.kheigl.com

Katherine Marie Heigl ( /ˈhɡəl/ ; [1] born November 24, 1978) [2] is an American actress and former fashion model. She started her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models before turning her attention to acting, making her film debut in That Night (1992) and later appearing in My Father the Hero (1994) as well as Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995). Heigl then landed the role of Isabel Evans on The WB television series Roswell (1999–2002), for which she received nominations for Saturn and Teen Choice Awards.

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From 2005 to 2010, Heigl starred as Izzie Stevens on the ABC television medical drama Grey's Anatomy , a role that brought her significant recognition and accolades, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007. Her best known film appearances include roles in Knocked Up (2007), 27 Dresses (2008), The Ugly Truth (2009), Killers (2010), Life As We Know It (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), The Big Wedding (2013), and Unforgettable (2017). Heigl has also starred in several films that have seen limited releases, including Jackie & Ryan (2014), Home Sweet Hell (2015), and Jenny's Wedding (2015). She also portrayed the lead role on the short-lived NBC television series State of Affairs from 2014 to 2015, and has lent her voice to the animated film The Nut Job (2014) and its 2017 sequel.

Additionally, Heigl has established herself as a cover model, appearing in numerous publications including Maxim , Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan . [2] She is married to singer Josh Kelley, with whom she has one son and two daughters. [3]

Early life

Heigl was born in Washington, D.C., in Columbia Hospital for Women. [4] She is the youngest of four children of Nancy (née Engelhardt), a personal manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive and accountant. [5] [6] Her father is of German (including Swiss-German) and Irish descent, and her mother is of German ancestry. [7] [8] She has two siblings, Meg and Holt. [9] Heigl lived in Northern Virginia and then Denver, before her family moved to the town of New Canaan, Connecticut, when Katherine was five, and where she lived the rest of her childhood. [10]

In 1986, her older brother Jason died of injuries suffered in a car accident, after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck while out for lunch with some of his high school classmates. His family donated his organs after death. [11] Her brother's death led Heigl's parents to convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Heigl, then eight, was reared in that faith (prior to that, her mother had been Lutheran and her father, Catholic). [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

Career

1992–1998: Early work

When Heigl was nine, her aunt, along with her parents, sent photos of her to a modeling agency. Within a few weeks, she was signed with Wilhelmina Models as a child model. [17] Soon after she was signed with the agency, a client picked her for use in a magazine ad, where she made her modeling debut. At the time, Heigl was earning $75 an hour posing for Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs. The first time Heigl appeared in a national television ad was for Cheerios cereal.

Heigl began studying acting and made her film debut in That Night (1992). She played Christina Sebastian in Steven Soderbergh's Depression-era drama King of the Hill before being cast in her first leading role in the 1994 comedy My Father the Hero . During this time, Heigl continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her film and modeling work with her academic studies. Heigl dropped out of New Canaan High School after her sophomore year to pursue her career in Hollywood.

In 1995, she starred in the Steven Seagal action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory . Heigl portrayed a 16-year-old traveling by train through the mountains with her uncle Casey Ryback (Seagal), an ex-SEAL counter-terrorist expert, in order to visit the grave of her deceased father. The train is hijacked by mercenaries in Colorado, who keep Heigl's character as a hostage. Much of her work in the film was opposite Morris Chestnut, Sandra Taylor and Everett McGill. Despite an increased focus on acting, Heigl still modeled extensively, appearing regularly in magazines such as Seventeen .

She landed the lead role in Disney's made-for-television film Wish Upon a Star in 1996, portraying two body-swapping characters along with Danielle Harris. That year Heigl's parents divorced, and her mother was diagnosed with cancer. [9] After her high school graduation in 1997, Heigl moved into a four-bedroom house in Malibu Canyon, California with her mother, who also became her manager. In 1998, she co-starred with Peter Fonda in the television movie The Tempest , an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The setting of the film was changed to Mississippi and it is set during the Civil War. She also starred in the horror film Bride of Chucky .

1999–2004: Roswell and television movies

In 1999, Heigl turned her attention to television when she accepted the role of Isabel Evans on the science fiction TV drama Roswell , a role that was expanded in the show's second and third seasons. Heigl had auditioned for all three of the show's female leads (the other two roles eventually went to Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino) before she was finally cast as Isabel, an alien-human hybrid. [18] Heigl was frequently featured in photo essays in magazines such as Life , TV Guide , and Teen as well as FHM . She appeared in the FHM and Maxim calendars, FHM's annual "100 Sexiest Women in the World", and was featured in the Girls of Maxim Gallery. [19] In May 2006, Maxim awarded her #12 on their annual Hot 100List as well as voted the 19th "Sexiest Woman in the World" by readers of FHM magazine. While Roswell was in production, Heigl worked on several films, including 100 Girls , an independent 2001 film, and Valentine , a horror film starring David Boreanaz and Denise Richards. [20]

Heigl accepted a role in Ground Zero, a television thriller scheduled to be telecast that fall which was based on the bestselling James Mills novel The Seventh Power, in the spring of 2001. She co-starred as a brilliant and politically-concerned college student who helps to build a nuclear device to illustrate the need for a change in national priorities. The device ends up in the hands of a terrorist following betrayal by a fellow student. However, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the film was shelved as its plot was considered inappropriate. It was released in 2003 under the title Critical Assembly. After the 9/11 attacks, Heigl recorded a public service announcement for the American Red Cross to help raise money for victims.

In 2003, Heigl appeared in three television movies, including the horror genre Evil Never Dies, a modern-day variation on the Frankenstein story co-starring Thomas Gibson; and Love Comes Softly for Hallmark Entertainment as Marty Claridge, a young, newlywed traveling west, and reprised her role in the sequel Love's Enduring Promise the next year. Heigl played Isabella Linton in MTV's modern revamp of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights . In October 2003, Heigl was cast opposite Johnny Knoxville in The Ringer , a Farrelly brothers comedy that was released in December 2005. Heigl starred as Romy in the 2005 television film Romy and Michele: In the Beginning , a prequel to the 1997 film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion .

2005–2010: Grey's Anatomy and breakthrough

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Heigl at the premiere of 27 Dresses in 2008

In 2005, Heigl was cast in what would become her highest-profile role to date, as medical intern Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy . The show, initially a mid-season replacement, became a huge ratings success and one of the highest-rated series on broadcast TV. The same year, Heigl landed the starring role in the independent film Side Effects (2005), a romantic comedy about marketing and the pharmaceutical industry, for which she was also executive producer. A year later, Heigl was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her work on Grey's Anatomy.

Heigl also starred in Zyzzyx Road ; filmed in 2004 and not released until 2006; it has been cited as the lowest-grossing feature film of all time. [21]

In 2007, Heigl had her high-profile film breakthrough with Knocked Up (2007), a comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow, opposite Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Apatow's real-life wife, Leslie Mann. Upon its June 2007 theatrical release, the film received generally positive reviews from critics and proved to be a box office success and a summer romcom hit. The fees Heigl commanded increased after the film's success. The movie grossed $148,761,765 in the U.S., for which she earned a salary of US$300,000. [22] Heigl's role in the film transformed her into Hollywood’s new “It girl” according to Vanity Fair. [23]

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Heigl at the 59th Annual Emmy Awards in 2007

On September 16, 2007, Heigl won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy. In her acceptance speech, she said that even her mother didn't think she would win. When her name was called for the award, her exclamation of "Shit!" had to be censored. [24] Earlier, she corrected telecast announcer Rebecca Riedy, who had been given an incorrect phonetic spelling of Heigl's name and mispronounced it as Hi-jell before the presentation of the award with Kyle Chandler for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

Heigl starred with James Marsden in the film 27 Dresses , for which she received US$6 million. [22] The New York Post expressed some disappointment with the mismatch of Heigl's talent and the film's "chick-flick" triviality, suggesting Heigl might be more compatible "with female directors such as Kimberly Peirce ( Boys Don't Cry ) or Tamara Jenkins (The Savages)...". [25] Heigl was announced the Most Desirable Woman of 2008, according to AskMen.com. [26]

Anne Fletcher, the director of 27 Dresses described her as having the “‘It’ factor”. She explained further, “You can’t buy it; you can’t learn it; you can’t create it; it just is. We haven’t had one of her in many years. Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan— those have been our go-to girls for romantic comedy for a very long time, but we haven’t had a new one. Katie has beauty, vulnerability, identifiability. She’s funny, charming, lovely to watch. Her slightest eye movement is captivating; you know instantly what’s going on.” [23]

In a highly publicized Vanity Fair interview, Heigl admitted that though she enjoyed working with Apatow and Rogen when she starred in Knocked Up, she had a hard time enjoying the film itself. She called the movie "a little sexist, claiming that the film "paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys." [27]

Heigl's comments generated a widespread reaction in the media. [28] [29] In an interview with People magazine, Heigl said:

My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously, and to remember that it's a broad comedy"; and added, "Although I stand behind my opinion, I'm disheartened that it has become the focus of my experience with the movie." [30]

There was some speculation that Heigl might be leaving Grey's Anatomy after the end of the 2008–2009 season. This speculation revolved around her refusal to submit her name for Emmy consideration for the previous season. [31] Heigl had disagreements with the character's direction in the fourth season, deeming the storyline involving Izzie's affair with George a "ratings ploy" that served to be "shocking" [27] and others speculated she would leave due to the time devotion in producing a film version of Carolyn Jessop's book Escape . [32] [33] [34] [35]

Heigl said publicly that she'd opted out of the Emmy race that year because she felt the material she'd received didn't warrant Emmy consideration. [36] The comment reportedly angered the show's producers and writers, who interpreted it as a slight on their work. Grey's showrunner Shonda Rhimes said she was not insulted by Heigl's Emmy withdrawal, and noted that Heigl's character was downplayed during the season because Heigl had asked for a lighter work schedule. [37] Despite Heigl's reported displeasure with the previous season, and persistent rumors that her character had died, ABC confirmed that Heigl would return for the sixth season of Grey's. [38] [39] [40] [41]

Heigl starred with Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth (2009). [42] The film was made on a budget of $38 million and earned $205 million at the worldwide box office. [43]

Speculation as to whether Heigl would leave Grey's Anatomy persisted through most of season six. [44] On March 11, 2010, Heigl reportedly did not show up for work on the show, and Heigl and series creator Shonda Rhimes subsequently reached an agreement to immediately release Heigl from her contract. As a result, Heigl's appearance on the January 21 episode of Grey's Anatomy was her final appearance of that season and, thus far, in the series. Heigl said that she left the show to focus not on her film career, but on her family. [45] [46] [47]

2010–13: Further rom-com roles

In June 2010, Heigl starred in the Lionsgate comedy-thriller Killers , with Ashton Kutcher. She next starred in and produced the big-screen drama Life As We Know It , directed by Greg Berlanti, which revolved around a woman and a man whose respective best friends die in a car accident. Following the deaths, they begin to share in caring for their late friends' orphaned daughter. Heigl received $12 million for both films. [48]

In 2011, Heigl appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve , directed by Garry Marshall. Despite being a commercial success, grossing over $142 million worldwide, [49] the film received generally negative reviews. [50] Heigl next had the lead role in One for the Money (2012). Based on a series of novels [51] by Janet Evanovich, the film's lead character is Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter working for a bonding company. The film was a financial failure, grossing just over $36 million worldwide against its production budget of $40 million. [52] For her performance, Heigl received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress. [53]

In January 2012, Heigl disclosed her enthusiastic desires to reprise her role on Grey's Anatomy and wrap up Izzie's storyline, conceiving an idea of her success in another hospital after floundering in the fictional Seattle Grace hospital where she was 'one step behind the eight ball'. She admitted to regretting leaving the show. [54] [55] She said she regretted leaving the show and complimented the great work environment and family dynamic of the cast but also stated, "I completely understand if it doesn't necessarily work ... They've got a lot of storylines going on there." [56]

In 2013, she appeared alongside Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon in The Big Wedding , a comedy about an estranged family reuniting for a ceremony. A very poor critical and commercial reception greeted the film upon its release—it holds a 7% rating on film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and only made US$7.5 million in its opening weekend [57] [58] —and for her role, Heigl was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress at the 34th Golden Raspberry Awards. In June 2013, she began appearing in a television commercial for Vicks' ZzzQuil. [59]

2014–present: Departure from romcoms and television resurgence

In 2014, Heigl admitted to Marie Claire magazine that while she loves romantic comedies and was “so stoked to be doing them”, she “hit it a little too hard,” professing “I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing wrong with them, but maybe I overloaded my audience. I should have done a superhero movie or a psychological thriller.” [60] During this period of time, Heigl broke away from her conventional romcom roles, pursuing romantic dramas, doing voiceover work, dark comedies and returning to dramatic television.

Heigl starred in the romantic drama Jackie & Ryan (2014), opposite Ben Barnes, portraying a recent single mom battling to hold onto her daughter and the love interest of a modern-day train hopper. The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand by Entertainment One in the United States. [61] She also voice-acted the squirrel Andie in the animated film The Nut Job [62] which was released on January 17, 2014. She reprised her role in its 2017 sequel, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature which was released theatrically on August 11, 2017. [63]

She next starred as a rejected and jealous housewife in the dark comedy Home Sweet Hell (2015), alongside Patrick Wilson and Jordana Brewster. Released for VOD and a limited theatrical run in North America, the film received largely negative reviews. [64] Variety wrote in its verdict: "Considering how often [Heigl] has been slammed for not being just another docile, eager-to-please female celebrity, it's hard not to suspect that she might have relished the chance to play an unapologetically ball-busting shrew—a grotesquely exaggerated version of a stereotype she's been assigned many times over. Indeed, Heigl's performance as a coolly murderous model housewife is the only real reason to even consider watching Home Sweet Hell, an otherwise flailing and risible tale of adultery, extortion and suburban malaise that suggests a poor woman's Gone Girl". [65] She received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress.

In 2015, Heigl starred as the titular role in the independent film Jenny's Wedding , about a woman who finally decides to get married, but her choice of partner tears her conventional family apart. An Indiegogo campaign was later launched to help raise money for post-production costs, and like Heigl's previous few projects, the film was distributed for a VOD and limited release in certain parts of the United States only. [66]

She starred opposite Rosario Dawson and Geoff Stults in the erotic thriller Unforgettable (2017), portraying a divorcée who begins to torment the new fiancée of her ex-husband. The film was her first wide release in three years; it garnered mediocre reviews and grossed a paltry US$4.7 million in its opening weekend. [67] Nevertheless, The Globe and Mail remarked that "Heigl works overtime to humanize the resentful mom—her face is like an old-fashioned cash register with the prices popping up—but she's more fun to watch as the story grows ugly and violent, and she unleashes the demon within". [68]

Heigl's lead roles in the 2014–15 NBC political drama series State of Affairs [69] [70] and CBS 2017 legal drama Doubt were both cancelled after one season. [71] However, unlike State of Affairs, Doubt premiered to what was described as "tepid" ratings by The Hollywood Reporter, and CBS announced its cancellation after just two episodes, later burning out its episodes later. [72]

Heigl returned to form when she was cast in the USA Network legal drama series Suits where she played the role of Samantha Wheeler, a new partner at the fictional law firm of Zane Specter Litt. [73] Heigl remained on the show for its final two seasons. She was later cast in the leading role for the Netflix show Firefly Lane due for release in 2020.

Personal life

In June 2006, Heigl became engaged to singer Josh Kelley, whom she had met a year earlier on the set of his music video for "Only You." [74] They chose not to live together before they were married, with Heigl later explaining, "I think I just wanted to save something for the actual marriage... I wanted there to be something to make the actual marriage different than the dating or the courtship." [75] They were married on December 23, 2007, in Park City, Utah.

In September 2009, the couple adopted a daughter, Naleigh, from South Korea, the birthplace of Heigl's sister Meg. [76] She was born with a heart defect and underwent open-heart surgery before leaving Korea. [77] In April 2012, Kelley and Heigl adopted a second daughter, Adalaide Marie Hope, from the U.S. [78] [79] In June 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting their third child. [80] [81] Heigl gave birth to a son, Joshua Bishop, on December 20, 2016. [82]

Heigl's brother-in-law is singer Charles Kelley of the country music trio Lady Antebellum.

Charity work

Heigl has worked with Best Friends Animal Society on several projects, including their Pup My Ride program. The program transports small dogs from high-kill animal shelters to other parts of the US where there is a higher demand for such dogs. She gave a grant to Best Friends to fund a year of the program. [83] Heigl and her mother, Nancy, started Heigl's Hounds of Hope, which operates as part of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.

The Foundation was created in honor of Heigl's brother, who was killed in a car accident in 1986 at the age of fifteen. Heigl's Hounds of Hope rescues larger dogs with behavior problems from shelters with a high kill rate. It rehabilitates them through training and other adjustments to make them suitable for re-homing. [83] As of 2014, Heigl has eight dogs of her own. [84]

In 2010, Heigl was honored with the "Presidential Service Award" by ASPCA for her work and dedication to animal welfare. [85] In 2011, Heigl launched the "I Hate Balls" Campaign, focused on promoting spay/neuter of pets, to help save the lives of millions of companion animals. The initiative features a Public Service Announcement starring Heigl and produced by Funny or Die. [86] In 2012, on behalf of PETA, she signed a letter to members of the Utah legislature, urging them to reject a law that would make undercover filming in factory farms a criminal offense. [87]

In the same year, Heigl was honored by "Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI)" for her dedication and commitment to adoption, [88] and by the American Cancer Society for her work in helping to amplify the awareness of cancer-related issues through her public support of her mother's journey with the disease. [89] [90]

Heigl is a strong proponent of organ donation, working as a spokesperson for Donate Life America. [91] [92] Heigl was seven years old when her older brother Jason died (see above). Heigl's family chose to donate Jason's organs to people needing organ transplants. Heigl was inspired by these events to later work as an activist for organ donation. [91]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992 That Night Kathryn
1993 King of the Hill Christina Sebastian
1994 My Father the Hero Nicole Arnel
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Sarah Ryback
1996 Wish Upon a Star Alexia Wheaton
1997 Prince Valiant Princess Ilene
1997Stand-insTaffy-Rita Hayworth's Stand-in
1998 Bug Buster Shannon Griffin
1998 Bride of Chucky Jade Kincaid
2000 100 Girls Arlene
2001 Valentine Shelley Fisher
2003 Descendant Ann Hedgerow/Emily Hedgerow
2005 Side Effects Karly HertExecutive producer
2005 The Ringer Lynn Sheridan
2006 Zyzzyx Road Marissa
2006 Caffeine Laura
2007 Knocked Up Alison Scott
2008 27 Dresses Jane Nichols
2009 The Ugly Truth Abby RichterExecutive producer
2010 Killers Jennifer "Jen" Kornfeldt Aimes
2010 Life as We Know It Holly BerensonExecutive producer
2011 New Year's Eve Laura Carringtonsegment: "Jensen and Laura's Story"
2012 One for the Money Stephanie PlumExecutive producer
2013 The Big Wedding Lyla Griffin
2014 The Nut Job AndieVoice role
2014 Jackie & Ryan Jackie Laurel
2015 Home Sweet Hell Mona Champagne
2015 Jenny's Wedding Jenny Farrell
2017 Unforgettable Tessa Connover
2017 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature AndieVoice role
TBA Fear of Rain Michelle Burroughs

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996 Wish Upon a Star Alexia Wheaton Television film
1998 The Tempest Miranda Prosper Television film
1999–2002 Roswell Isabel Evans Main role: 60 episodes
2002 The Twilight Zone Andrea CollinsEpisode: "Cradle of Darkness"
2003 Critical Assembly Aizy HaywardTelevision film
2003Vegas DickMadelineTelevision film
2003 Love Comes Softly Marty ClaridgeTelevision film
2003 Wuthering Heights Isabel LintonTelevision film
2004 Love's Enduring Promise Marty Claridge DavisTelevision film
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Romy WhiteTelevision film
2005–2010 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Izzie Stevens Main role (seasons 1–6): 109 episodes
2014–2015 State of Affairs Officer Charleston "Charlie" Whitney TuckerLead role: 13 episodes; Executive producer
2017 Doubt Sadie EllisLead role: 13 episodes
2018–2019 Suits Samantha WheelerMain role (seasons 8–9) [73] , 26 episodes
2020 Firefly Lane Tully HartMain role

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultRefs
1994 Young Artist Awards Best Performance by a Youth Actress Starring in a Motion PictureMy Father the HeroNominated
2000 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television RoswellNominated
2001 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice ActressRoswellNominated
2003 CAMIE Awards Made for TV FilmLove Comes SoftlyWon
2005 CAMIE Awards Made for TV FilmLove's Enduring PromiseWon
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's AnatomyNominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's AnatomyWon
Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure Grey's AnatomyNominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's AnatomyNominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's AnatomyWon
Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Grey's AnatomyNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Grey's AnatomyNominated
Choice Movie Actress – Comedy Knocked UpNominated
Young Hollywood Awards Superstar Of TomorrowHerselfWon
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Knocked UpNominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Knocked UpNominated
2008 Empire Awards Best Actress Knocked UpNominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Knocked UpNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Grey's AnatomyNominated
Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Grey's AnatomyNominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Female TV StarGrey's AnatomyWon
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: FemaleThe Ugly TruthNominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical The Ugly TruthNominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Most in Need of a New AgentOne for the Money Nominated
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama ActressGrey's AnatomyWon
ShoWest Motion Picture Industry Convention Female Star Of The YearHerselfWon
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie ActressLife as We Know ItNominated
2012 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Most in Need of a New AgentOne for the MoneyWon/Tied [93]
2015BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBest Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature FilmThe Nut JobNominated

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"Losing My Religion" is the twenty-seventh and final episode of the second season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and the show's 36th episode overall. Written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Mark Tinker, the episode was originally broadcast with "Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response", in a two-hour season finale event on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on May 15, 2006. Grey's Anatomy centers around a group of young doctors in training. In this episode, Dr. Izzie Stevens and her fellow interns have to plan a prom for Dr. Richard Webber's niece Camille Travis. Further storylines include Dr. Preston Burke recovering from his gunshot wound and Denny Duquette's death following his seemingly successful heart transplant surgery.

<i>Greys Anatomy</i> (season 5) season of television series

The fifth season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes, commenced airing on American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on September 25, 2008 and concluded on May 14, 2009 with twenty-four aired episodes. The season follows the story of a group of surgeons as they go through their residency, while they also deal with the personal challenges and relationships with their mentors. Season five had thirteen series regulars with twelve of them returning from the previous season. The season aired in the Thursday night timeslot at 9:00 pm. The season was officially released on DVD as seven-disc boxset under the title of Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season – More Moments on September 9, 2009 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

<i>Greys Anatomy</i> (season 6) season of television series

The sixth season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, commenced airing on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on September 24, 2009, and concluded on May 20, 2010. The season was produced by ABC Studios, in association with Shondaland Production Company and The Mark Gordon Company; the showrunner being Shonda Rhimes and head writer Krista Vernoff. Actors Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, and Justin Chambers reprised their roles as surgical residents Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens, and Alex Karev, respectively. Heigl was released from her contract in the middle of the season, while T.R. Knight did not appear as George O'Malley, because Knight was released from his contract at the conclusion of season five. Main cast members Patrick Dempsey, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Sara Ramirez, Eric Dane, Chyler Leigh, and Kevin McKidd also returned, while previous recurring star Jessica Capshaw was promoted to a series regular, and Kim Raver was given star billing after the commencement of the season.

"A Change Is Gonna Come" is the fourth season premiere of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and the 62nd episode of the overall series. The premiere focused on the aftermath of the main characters' promotion to residency, following the conclusion of their internship. The episode was the first not to feature Isaiah Washington, portraying Preston Burke, due to his being fired from the series at the conclusion of the third season. The installment marked Chyler Leigh's promotion to series regular status, following her guest appearances in the last two episodes of the previous season. Also featured were one-time guest actors Mark Pellegrino, Stephania Childers, Sandra Thigpen, and Steven Porter.

"Stand By Me" is the 18th episode of the fifth season of the American television medical drama, Grey's Anatomy and the show's 96th episode overall. Written by Zoanne Clack and directed by Jessica Yu, the episode was originally broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on March 26, 2009. The initial airing was viewed by 14.36 million Americans and garnered a 4.9/12 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic. The episode garnered many positive reviews from critics.

I Like You So Much Better When Youre Naked (<i>Greys Anatomy</i>) 12th episode of the sixth season of Greys Anatomy

"I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" is the twelfth episode of the sixth season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and the show's 114th episode overall. It was written by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, and directed by Donna Deitch. It aired on the American Broadcasting Company in the United States on January 21, 2010. In the episode, Dr. Izzie Stevens returns to the fictional Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital with the fear that her estranged husband Dr. Alex Karev is moving on. Further storylines include Dr. Derek Shepherd contemplating as to whether or not he should report the chief of surgery Dr. Richard Webber, for his alcoholism, and Dr. Callie Torres battling the chicken pox.

Invasion (<i>Greys Anatomy</i>) 5th episode of the sixth season of Greys Anatomy

"Invasion" is the fifth episode of the 6th season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and the show's 107th episode overall. It was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Tony Phelan. The episode was originally broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on October 15, 2009. In the episode, the physicians of Seattle Grace Hospital must learn to co-operate with new Mercy West residents, who do not act in a kind manner to them. Other storylines include Dr. Callie Torres 's father returning to the hospital to condemn her homosexuality, and Dr. Izzie Stevens putting her career into jeopardy after administering the wrong treatment to a patient.

"Invest in Love" is the eighth episode of the sixth season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and the show's 110th episode overall. Written by Stacy McKee and directed by Jessica Yu, the episode was originally broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on November 5, 2009. Grey's Anatomy centers around a group of young doctors, training to be seasoned professionals. In this episode, Dr. Arizona Robbins is stunned when her longtime patient's parents offer the hospital a donation of twenty-five million dollars. Katherine Heigl was absent from the episode, as she was filming the 2010 blockbuster Life as We Know It. The original episode broadcast was ranked #3 for the night and would have 13.95 million viewers, garnered a 5.1/13 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic.

Leave a Light On (<i>Greys Anatomy</i>) 16th episode of the sixteenth season of Greys Anatomy

"Leave a Light On" is the sixteenth episode of the sixteenth season of the American medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy and the 358th episode overall, which aired on ABC on March 5, 2020. The episode was written by Elisabeth Finch and directed by Debbie Allen. It marked the final appearance of Justin Chambers as Alex Karev.

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