From hit motion pictures to record-breaking television shows, Katherine Heigl's acting career is one for the books. But do you know which family member it was that helped jump start the actress' career as a child? Here are 11 things you probably didn't know about the "Unforgettable" star.
1. D.C. Baby
Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978 in Washington D.C.
2. Little Sis
Heigl is the youngest of four children.
3. Unexpected Beginnings
At the age of 9, Heigl’s aunt, visiting from out of town, took several photographs of the young girl before receiving her parents approval to submit the pictures to modeling agencies. Within a month, Heigl was officially a Wilhelmina Model.
Heigl’s first gig was for a Sears catalog where she earned $75 an hour for her photo shoots, followed by her first national TV campaign for Cheerios cereal.
5. Rollercoaster of Emotions
In 1996, Heigl landed a leading role for Disney's film, "Wish Upon a Star." But, it was also the same year that her parents filed for divorce and her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
6. Recover and Relocate
Heigl's mother successfully recovered from breast cancer, which led her to relocate with her daughter to Malibu Canyon, California.
7. Getting all the Zzz’s
Heigl appeared in Vicks' ZzzQuil promotional commercials in 2013.
8. Winter Wedding
Heigl met her husband, Josh Kelley, on the set of his music video in 2006. The couple wed 18-months later in a Park City, Utah wedding.
9. Saving Something
Heigl and her husband chose to not live together prior to getting married.
10. Family Ties
Heigl and Kelley adopted a daughter, Naleigh, from South Korea in 2009. In 2012, the family grew again when they adopted a second daughter, Adalaide. Following the two adoptions, Heigl became pregnant and welcomed a son, Joshua, in 2016.