Born in Toledo, Ohio, this Midwest Catholic school girl attended the all-female Notre Dame Academy for high school.
How she managed to keep a 4.0 GPA between cheerleading practice and performing in the school musicals is beyond us…but she did it!
In fact, the budding actress was so devoted, she skipped an audition for the show that would eventually make her famous and instead sent a tape to casting directors via FedEx.
It worked, and after spending one summer session studying at Columbia University, Katie Holmes headed to Hollywood after winning the role of Joey Potter on the hit series Dawson’s Creek.
These days she balances work with motherhood and being the ex Mrs. Tom Cruise.