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Katherine Heigl as Isobel "Izzie" Stevens

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Born in Washington, DC, but raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, Katherine Heigl began her career at the age of nine as a child model. It wasn't long before she graduated to commercial work, which opened the door to auditions for film roles. By age 12 she made her feature debut in That Night, starring Juliette Lewis and C. Thomas Howell.

In 1993 Heigl appeared in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed depression-era drama, King of the Hill. The following year she landed her first leading role as a rebellious teenager, starring opposite Gerard Depardieu in Touchstone Pictures' My Father the Hero. She ventured into the world of action films when she starred opposite Steven Segal in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory in 1995.

Upon graduating high school in 1997, Heigl and her mother moved to Malibu, California, which enabled her to pursue her blossoming acting career more vigorously. She portrayed Rita Hayworth's stand-in in the feature film, Stand-ins, portrayed the Princess Ilene in a European production of Prince Valiant, starred in the comedy Wish Upon a Star, and co-starred opposite Peter Fonda in an updated television version of The Tempest. She also starred in two horror films, Bug Buster and The Bride of Chucky, with Jennifer Tilly.

In 1999 Heigl landed a starring role in the sci-fi drama series, Roswell. During the three years of that series, she continued to work in feature films, among them 100 Girls and Valentine, a horror film which starred David Boreanaz and Denise Richards.

Other television credits include the ABC movie Romy and Michele: Behind the Velvet Rope, Vegas Dick, the MTV movie Wuthering Heights, the Hallmark Channel's Love Comes Softly, Evil Never Dies for TBS, and Love's Enduring Promise. She also co-stars with Johnny Knoxville in the upcoming Farrelly Brothers comedy, The Ringer.

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Actress Heigl of 'Grey's Anatomy' engaged

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Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley

NEW YORK - Katherine Heigl is engaged to musician Josh Kelley, according to People magazine. The "Grey's Anatomy" star and her fiance have not set a wedding date, representatives told the magazine. Heigl, 27, who plays Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on the hit ABC show, met Kelley, 25, last year when she appeared in a video for his song, "Only You."

Heigl, a former model, also appeared on the WB's "Roswell." Kelley's third album, "Just Say the Word," is expected to be released July 24.

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