Heigl, who grew up in New Canaan, turns 37 on Tuesday. The actress and film producer was born Nov. 24, 1978, in the West End, Washington, D.C.
Heigl started her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models and later turned her attention to acting. She co-starred as Isabel Evans in the television series "Roswell" and was in many television movies, including "My Father the Hero."
She is best known for her role as Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on ABC's medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" from 2005 to 2012, for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007.
She made her first film debut in the coming-of-age film "That Night" in 1992 and also starred in films such as "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "Knocked Up," "27 Dresses," "The Ugly Truth," "Killers," "Life As We Know It" and "New Year's Eve," among others.
She has established herself as a cover model appearing on numerous publications including Maxim, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan.
She has worked with Best Friends Animal Society on several projects, including its Pup My Ride program.
In November 2012, Heigl was voiced the role of Andie in the animated film "The Nut Job," which was released on Jan. 17, 2014.
Heigl has returned to television in the NBC drama series "State of Affairs" about a CIA attache.
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