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KATHERINE HEIGL (Tessa) is an Emmy Award winner and two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress, as well as a producer. She is best known for her starring roles in the feature films "The Ugly Truth," "27 Dresses" and "Knocked Up," as well as her work on ABC's critically acclaimed drama "Grey's Anatomy." For her performance as Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on the series, she won an Emmy and earned two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She also shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Drama Series Ensemble.

On the big screen, Heigl starred in Judd Apatow's smash hit comedy "Knocked Up," opposite Seth Rogen. She followed with another star turn in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses," with Edward Burns and James Marsden. She then starred opposite Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth," and opposite Josh Duhamel in the comedy "Life as We Know It," serving as executive producer on both films. In 2010, she was honored with the ShoWest Award for Female Star of the Year.

Heigl's additional film credits include "The Big Wedding," "New Year's Eve," "Killers," "The Ringer" and Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed depression-era drama "King of the Hill." Her first feature film leading role was in "My Father the Hero," starring opposite Gerard Depardieu.

In addition, she was part of an all-star cast, including Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser, lending their voices to the hit animated comedy feature "The Nut Job." She will also be heard in the upcoming sequel, "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature," due out this summer.

Prior to "Grey's Anatomy," Heigl had a co-starring role on the WB sci-fi drama series "Roswell."

Outside of film and television, Heigl is very involved in several charitable causes. In 2008, she, together with her mother, Nancy, co-founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending animal cruelty and abuse and promoting animal welfare. The foundation is in honor of her older brother, who died much too young in an automobile accident and whose strong, compassionate nature and great love of animals was the cornerstone of their endeavors. The Heigls are using their resources to work directly to address the pet population crises in Los Angeles and across the country. Toward that goal, the foundation launched the "Compassion Revolution" in 2010, pledging over one million dollars to a variety of low-cost and free spay/neuter programs in Los Angeles and surrounding counties as a key component to reducing the number of animals in shelters. Heigl also actively supports Donate Life, the organ donation foundation.

Heigl is married to singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and the couple have three children: daughters Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun and Adalaide Marie Hope; and their youngest, a son, Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. Heigl lives in Utah, with her family, also including nine dogs and four cats. Her ranch in Utah is also home to a host of other animals, including nine horses, two donkeys, two pygmy goats, nine chickens and two miniature horses.


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