Katherine Heigl Was Hollywood’s Go-To Leading Lady – Until One Comment Turned Her Career Upside Down

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In 2008 Katherine Heigl was flush from the successes of box-office smashes Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. The star was also one of the highest-earning actresses in film and TV, thanks to her celebrated part in Grey’s Anatomy. But towards the end of that year, Heigl’s career began to crumble. And it was due – in part – to one particularly scathing comment that she made about a past project.

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It’s worth noting, too, that Heigl had actually been a star for quite some time at this point. Born in Washington, D.C., on November 24, 1978, Heigl is in fact the youngest child to parents Nancy and Paul Heigl. She had three older siblings – but her older brother Jason lost his life following a car accident in 1986. And after their son’s death, Heigl’s parents became Mormons, converting their family to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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