The Glamorous Life and Career of Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Kate Noelle “Katie” Holmes is a famous American actress, model, producer, and director. Katie Holmes rose to fame through her role of Joey Potter on the hit TV show Dawson’s Creek which ran from 1998 to 2003.

Katie Holmes made her feature film debut in the Ang Lee movie, The Silver Storm in 1997. Subsequent film roles of Katie Holmes include: Go, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Wonder Boys, The Gift, Abandon, Phone Booth, The Singing Detective, Pieces of April, Batman Begins, Thank You for Smoking, Mad Money, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Jack and Jill, Miss Meadows, Woman in Gold, Touched with Fire and Logan Lucky.

In 2008, she made her Broadway theatre debut during a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. In 2011, she played Jacqueline Kennedy within the TV miniseries The Kennedys, a task she reprised in the spin off, Kennedys: After Camelot. She made her directorial debut with the 2016 film All We Had, a movie she also starred in.

Her marriage to actor Tom Cruise, which lasted from 2006 to 2012, led to an excellent deal of media attention, with the pair being called a supercouple and being given the nickname “TomKat” in various countries. Before their divorce, the couple had a daughter, Suri.

Katie Holmes: All You Need to Know

When was Katie Holmes born?

Katie Holmes was born on December 18th, 2018 in the town of Toledo, Ohio. Katie Holmes’ mother’s name is Kathleen and her father’s name is Martin Joseph Holmes Sr. Her mother is a homemaker and philanthropist while her father is a lawyer who played NCAA Division I basketball for Marquette University under the tutelage of coach Al McGuire. Katie Holmes has three sisters and a brother. She is the youngest of them all. Katie Holmes was raised as a Roman Catholic and went to Christ the King Church in Toledo.

Which school did Katie Holmes go to?

Katie Holmes attended the all female high school, Notre Dame Academy. She graduated with a GPA of 4.0. Co-incidentally, Katie Holmes’ mother went to the same school. At St. John’s Jesuit and St. Francis de Sales, nearby all-male high schools, Holmes appeared in class musicals, playing a waitress in Hello, Dolly! and Lola in Damn Yankees. She scored 1310 out of 1600 on her SAT and was accepted to Columbia University (and attended for a summer session); her father wanted her to become a doctor.

When Katie Holmes was 14, she started taking classes at a modeling school in Toledo which led her to participate in the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Competition held in New York City in 1996. After Katie Holmes performed a monologue from To Kill a Mockingbird, she signed with an agent. 

Katie Holmes: Acting Career

Katie Holmes as Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek

An audition tape was sent to the casting director for the 1997 film The Silver Storm , directed by Ang Lee, and Holmes made her big-screen debut while playing the role of Libbets Casey within the film, opposite Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.

In January 1997, Holmes visited Los Angeles for a pilot season shoot, when producers cast and shoot new programs with the aim of securing a spot on a network schedule. The Toledo Blade reported she was offered the lead in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but she turned it down since she still hadn’t finished high school. Columbia TriStar Television, producer of a replacement show named Dawson’s Creek that was created by screenwriter Kevin Williamson, asked her to return to Los Angeles to audition. However, Katie Holmes had a scheduling conflict with the audition “I was doing my school play, Damn Yankees. And I was playing Lola. I even got to wear the feather boa. I thought, ‘There is not any way I’m not playing Lola to travel audition for a few networks. I couldn’t let my school down. We had already sold a lot of tickets. So I told Kevin and therefore the WB, ‘I’m sorry. I just can’t meet with you this week. I’ve got other commitments.'”

The producers permitted her to send her audition on videotape. Holmes read for the a part of Joey Potter, the tomboy ally of the title character Dawson, on a videotape shot in her basement, her mother reading Dawson’s lines.

As per the Hollywood Reporter, Katie Holmes’ audition “has become the things of legend” and “no one even thought that it had been weird that one of the feminine leads would audition via Federal Express.” Katie Holmes eventually landed  the part. As per Paul Stupin, the show’s executive producer, his initial reaction to Katie Holmes’ audition tape was: “That’s Joey Potter!” Kevin Williamson, the show’s creator and executive producer said Holmes features a “unique combination of talent, beauty and skill that has all the makings of a Hollywood star. But that’s just the beginning. To meet her is to instantly fall into her spell.” Williamson thought she had precisely the right search for Joey Potter. “She had those eyes, those eyes just stained with loneliness.” Even though Dawson’s Creek didn’t really get widespread critical acclaim, Katie Holmes became very popular in the country. Katie Holmes started appearing on the covers of magazines like Seventeen, TV Guide, and Rolling Stone. According to Rolling Stone editor Janice Dunn, Katie Holmes was chosen for the cover because “every time you mention Dawson’s Creek you tend to urge tons of dolphin-like shrieks from teenage girls. The fact that she is drop-dead gorgeous didn’t hurt either.”

In the year 2000, Katie Holmes appeared in two movies, Wonder Boys and The Gift. In The Gift Katie Holmes did her first ever nude scene on camera, just before her character was about to be murdered. Her appearance was lamented by Variety’s Steven Kotler. In Ohio, the scene met with disapproval from Russ Lemmon writing within the Toledo Blade.

Katie Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001, participating during a send-up of Dawson’s Creek where she falls head over heels in love with Chris Kattan’s Mr. Peepers character. She then went on to sing “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity. In the 2002 film Abandon, written by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Holmes plays a delusional, homicidal university student named “Katie”. While most critics panned her performance, Roger Ebert and Variety’s Todd McCarthy praised her role. During the ultimate season of Dawson’s Creek, Holmes played the mistress of the general public relations flack played by Colin Farrell, which was both critically and financially successful. She also appeared as Robert Downey Jr.’s nurse within the Singing Detective (2003). Dawson’s Creek ended its run in 2003, and Holmes was the sole actor to who made an appearance in all of the 128 episodes. Katie Holmes said this in 2004: “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”

In the 2005 film Batman Begins she played Rachel Dawes, an attorney within the Gotham district attorney’s office who was also the childhood sweetheart of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Variety was unenthusiastic. One of the critics called her just “OK” in the movie. Katie Holmes went on to be nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as the “Worst Supporting Actress” for her role in Batman Begins.

Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins

In 2005, Katie Holmes called her film career “a string of bombs”. She lamented that she was usually not even in the Top Ten. The highest grossing movie of her career so far was Phone booth. She lamented “It’s not like I even have tons of stuff that’s great just expecting me to check in to.” She also appeared within the film version of Christopher Buckley’s satirical novel Thank You for Smoking. The movie featured a tobacco lobbyist played by Aaron Eckhart, whom Holmes’s character, a Washington reporter, seduces. Variety wrote that one of the film’s “sole relatively weak notes [came] from Holmes, who lacks even a touch of the wiliness of a ruthless reporter”. The NEw York Times wrote in its review that the cast was “exceptionally fine” apart from Holmes, who “strain[ed] credulity” in her role. The film ended up being a hit, even earning a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best movie – Musical or Comedy. Also in 2005, Holmes had agreed to play in Shame on You, a biopic about the country singer Spade Cooley written and directed by Dennis Quaid. Katie Holmes was cast to play the wife whom Cooley (played by Quaid) stomps to death. But the movie, set to shoot in New Orleans , Louisiana, was delayed by Hurricane Katrina, and Holmes dropped out because she became pregnant with Tom Cruise’s child at the same time. Between April 2006 and 2008, Katie Holmes took a hiatus from acting to concentrate on raising her newly born daughter Suri.

In 2009, Holmes began filming a remake of the 1970s ABC telemovie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark; the film was released in August 2011. Also in 2011, Holmes played the role of Jackie Kennedy within the TV miniseries The Kennedys. In October 2011, she also portrayed “Slutty Pumpkin” (Naomi), within the television program How I Met Your Mother, episode “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns”.

In 2012, Holmes appeared in Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy, Dead Accounts on Broadway. Holmes and Chace Crawford were reportedly cast in the role of the leads within the romantic comedy Responsible Adults, set to start shooting in Los Angeles during autumn of 2011. Katie Holmes was cast in the third season of Ray Donovan in 2015.

Holmes directed a short 2015 documentary for ESPN about Romanian Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci (famous for vaulting seven perfect 10s during the 1976 Montreal Olympics) entitled, Eternal Princess, that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

She directed her first movie All We Had in 2016. Her directorial debut featured herself, Stefania LaVie Owen, Luke Wilson, Richard Kind, Mark Consuelos, Judy Greer and Eve Lindley. Gravitas Ventures released the movie on December 9th, 2016.

In 2017, Holmes was a cast member of the heist comedy Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh. The movie was met with positive reviews and critics praised the stellar performance of the cast, to go along with Soderbergh’s direction. The movie went on to gross $48 million worldwide.

In 2018, she appeared within the satirical comedy Dear Dictator, opposite Michael Caine. The same year, she made a cameo within the movie Ocean’s 8, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Hathaway , Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina. The film follows a gaggle of girls led by Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who plan a classy heist of the annual Met Gala at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The movie premiered on June 5th, 2018 at the Alice Tully Hall, 11 years after Ocean’s Thirteen was released. The film has grossed over $297 million worldwide and received a lukewarm response from critics, who applauded the chemistry of the cast but were underwhelmed by the movie and felt that it lacked the consistency of the original Ocean’s trilogy.

In a September 2016 Elle interview, Holmes stated that she is within the process of adapting the Kathleen Tessaro novel Rare Objects into a screenplay and is planning to direct the film. It was announced Holmes also will be leading a feature based round the self-help book, The Key, written by Rhonda Byrne.

Katie Holmes: Modelling and Endorsements

Holmes was annually named by both British and American editions of FHM magazine as one of the sexiest women of the world from 1999 onwards. She was named one among People’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2003; its sibling Teen People declared her one among the “25 Hottest Stars Under 25” that year; and in 2005, People said she was one among the ten best dressed stars that year. Katie Holmes has also appeared in ad campaigns for the following brands: Garnier Lumia hair color, Coach leather goods, and clothing retailer Gap.

In November 2008, it had been confirmed that she would be the new face of the spring 2009 campaign for the high-end fashion line Miu Miu. In 2008, Holmes started a haute couture clothing line called Holmes & Yang with longtime stylist Jeanne Yang. Model Heidi Klum has expressed her love for the brand. Katie Holmes collaborated with Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Nigel Lythgoe to establish the Dizzy Feet Foundation in 2009. It is a dance scholarship fund.

From January of 2011, Katie Holmes was signed as the new face of the Ann Tylor Spring collection. Holmes & Yang presented their fashion line at ny Fashion Week for the primary time in September 2012. Katie Holmes served as the face of the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics brand in spring 2013 and Holmes had her own capsule collection of color cosmetics in fall of that year. In 2013, she appeared in an ad campaign for IRIS Jewelry. In January 2013, Katie Holmes was introduced as the brand ambassador and co-owner of Alterna Haircare.

Who was Katie Holmes married to?

Holmes dated her Dawson’s Creek co-star Joshua Jackson early within the show’s run. She met actor Chris Klein in 2000. The couple was engaged in 2003 but broke it off two years later. However, they have continued their friendship after the breakup.

Katie Holmes with Tom Cruise

In April 2005, Katie Holmes started dating legendary actor Tom Cruise. He is 16 years older than Katie Holmes. Tom Cruise is a famous practitioner of Scientology and after Katie Holmes started dating him, she started giving up on her Roman Catholic faith and started studying Scientology. Within seven weeks of meeting each other, the couple got engaged in June 2005. Katie Holmes gave birth to their daughter Suri on April 18th, 2006. That date also happened to be the first anniversary of Cruise and Holmes’ first date. The name “Suri” supposedly derives from the Persian word which means “red rose”. It’s also seen as the Hebrew derivative of Sarah, which means princess. On November 18, 2006, Holmes and Cruise were married during a Scientologist ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Italy. The actors’ publicist said the couple had “officialized” their marriage in the city of Los Angeles the day before the Italian ceremony.

In early March 2011, Holmes filed a $50-million libel lawsuit against Star magazine following a canopy story which insinuated that she took drugs. The suit was settled on April 27, 2011, after which Star wrote a public apology inside the May 6, 2011, issue and made an “undisclosed substantial donation” to Holmes’s charity, Dizzy Feet Foundation.

June 16th, 2012 was the last time Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were photographed together. They were in Iceland at that time. On June 29, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in New York City after five-and-a-half years of marriage. People from the Katie Holmes camp said that she had filed for divorce because she was afraid about Tom Cruise abducting her daughter and she also feared any repercussions from the Church of Scientology. 

The couple reached a divorce agreement within 10 days of filing. This was the first divorce for Katie Holmes and the third for Tom Cruise. Katie Holmes was awarded custody of their daughter Suri.

Following her divorce from Cruise, Holmes returned to the Roman Catholic Church and commenced attending St. Francis Xavier Church.

Holmes dated actor and musician Jamie Foxx until the couple went their separate ways in 2019.

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