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Katie Holmes

See the actress rise from "Dawson" pal to Tom Cruise's former leading lady.

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Sister act

Katie Holmes, left, stars in a scene from 2011's "Jack and Jill" with Adam Sandler, who plays two characters in the film.

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Freeze frame

Holmes speaks during a news conference to promote an ice skating event, "Artistry on Ice" in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 8, 2012.

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Police action

Holmes stars in the 2011 thriller "The Son of No One" as the wife of a young cop (Channing Tatum) who is assigned to a precinct in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up. To provide for his wife and ailing daughter, he works hard to keep his life on track. But this life is threatened when a dark secret bubbles to the surface.

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One-time power pair

Holmes and husband Tom Cruise arrived together at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party for the 84th Annual Academy Awards at the Sunset Tower on Feb. 26, 2012, in West Hollywood. Four months later, on June 29, her lawyer revealed that the pair were divorcing.

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Happy birthday, Suri

Suri Cruise was besieged by photographers as she headed to a Broadway show with mom Katie on her sixth birthday on April 18, 2012.

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'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

In 2011's "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," Holmes plays the girlfriend of a man whose young daughter sees strange creatures in a hidden basement of their old house.

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Family stroll

Cruise takes a walk together with Holmes and daughter Suri on Sept. 22, 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. Cruise reportedly was scouting locations for "Mission Impossible: 4."

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'The Romantics'

Holmes and Josh Duhamel star in 2010's "The Romantics," playing two old friends who reconnect romantically at the wedding of Duhamel's character.

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Sunny smile

Holmes was honored at Variety's Second Annual Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.

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Not Jackie and Caroline

In costume as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Holmes hoists daughter Suri on July 15, 2010, in Toronto. She plays the former first lady and fashion icon in the History Channel's eight-part miniseries "The Kennedys," which airs in 2011. Greg Kinnear costars as JFK and Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy.

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'The Extra Man'

Holmes and Paul Dano star in 2010's "The Extra Man," in which a failed playwright teaches Dano's character the art of escorting and entertaining wealthy older women.

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Supporting her husband

Cruise and Holmes pose during the world premiere of his film "Knight & Day" in Seville, Spain, on June 16, 2010. The film, in which Cruise co-stars with Cameron Diaz, did not do well with critics or at the box office, and its opening weekend take was the worst for a Cruise action film in 20 years.

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Mom and daughter

Holmes and Suri stroll through Seville, Spain, in June 2010.

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Gotta dance

Holmes performs an homage to Judy Garland on the 100th episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" on Thursday, July 23, 2009.

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Big in Japan

Cruise and Holmes pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the Japan premiere of his film "Valkyrie" in Tokyo on March 11, 2009.

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Treading the boards

In 2008, Holmes starred along with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson in a revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" on Broadway. She received acceptable, if not rave reviews.

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'Mad Money'

Holmes starred with Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton in 2008's "Mad Money." The women play a trio who steal worn-out dollar bills from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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Mom on the run

Cruise and Suri greet Holmes at the finish line after she ran the New York City Marathon in November 2007.

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Asserting her style

Holmes makes an appearance at the Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer 2007 Haute Couture Fashion Show in Paris on Jan. 24, 2007. Holmes has become something of a fashion icon since her wedding to Cruise and has been repeatedly photographed shopping.

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Wedded bliss

An official TomKat wedding photograph was released on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. Cruise and Holmes wed in a 15th century castle in Bracciano, Italy, just outside of Rome. The bride and groom wore Giorgio Armani, Holmes in an ivory silk crystal-studded gown and Cruise in a dark suit for the ceremony presided by a Scientologist minister, Italian news agencies said.

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And baby makes three

Cruise and Holmes with their daughter Suri in Rome on Nov. 16, 2006. The baby girl was born on April 18, 2006, and after much curiosity and speculation finally appeared for the world to see on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

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Future so bright?

Cruise and Holmes had to wear shades in the Vegas sun during a January 2006 visit. A clearly pregnant Holmes was all smiles even as speculation soared as to whether there would ever be a walk down the aisle.

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Katie Holmes as Heather Holloway and Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor in director Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking, 2005.

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Diva days

Holmes slipped into a Commes des Garcons wedding dress for the August 2005 cover of W magazine. This was before a wedding date was set, of course, and before her tummy bump, the sign of a forthcoming TomKitten, started to show.

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Got his back

Holmes hitched a ride with Cruise for the L.A. premiere of "War of the Worlds." on June 27, 2005. Apparently, she can ride his tail ... anytime.

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Where's Tom?

Holmes made a rare solo appearance days later during a June 9 David Letterman appearance on June 9, 2005. The all-smiles actress has rarely been seen without Cruise since the two paired up.

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You might as well jump

After the famous Oprah couch-leaping, Cruise tried to make light of his overexuberance about his pairing with Holmes, including this bit of self-mockery on "The Tonight Show." Cruise told Jay Leno he was "looking forward to traveling, scuba diving and spending the rest of his life with her."

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Cruise control

Tom Cruise leads the way onstage at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards in June 2005, with Holmes following along. By that point, their relationship was a source of endless gossip. A certain proposal atop a certain Paris landmark was just a couple weeks away.

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'Bat' girl

In 2005, Holmes was finally having her box-office day in the sun, with a meaty role in "Batman Begins," the best "Batman" installment in years. But by the time "Begins" was released in June, Holmes' name had thundered into the headlines for a very different reason.

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What next?

By 2004, it was clear that Holmes had transitioned from TV to the big screen, but was stuck in second-string parts, like her lead in "First Daughter."

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Grungy girl

In 2003's "Pieces of April," Holmes dyed her hair and played a pseudo-bohemian waif scrambling to serve Thanksgiving to her family in her sliver of a Lower East Side apartment. Not exactly "Desperately Seeking Susan," but less unflappably cheery than her supermarket cashier in "Go."

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The other woman

Colin Farrell just wanted to phone Holmes in 2002's "Phone Booth," in which the Toledo-born actress got to play the girlfriend that Farrell was deceiving his wife about. Clearly, Holmes wasn't in Capeside anymore.

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Just Klein, thanks

Before she became the truth that Tom Cruise couldn't handle, Holmes was engaged to actor Chris Klein, of "American Pie" fame. Klein has remained stoic throughout Holmes' Cruise Era, though he allowed that he wouldn't be sending the lucky couple a baby gift.

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How you doin'?

Katie Holmes and Lil Bow Wow check each other out at 2002 MTV Movie Awards.

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Steamed up

Holmes had clearly grown out of her adolescent phase by the time she appeared in 1999's "Teaching Mrs. Tingle" with Barry Watson. And no, Holmes was not the titillatingly named title character, though what private nicknames she might have, we can't say.

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'Dawson' days

It all started back in 1998, when Katie Holmes, center right, was frustrated tomboy Joey to a brooding Dawson (James Van Der Beek, center left). She also got quality time with Pacey (Joshua Jackson, right) and even outpaced Michelle Williams' Jen for on-screen romance. Perhaps Tom Cruise was quietly tuning in back then, even if he was married to Nicole Kidman and Holmes was just 20.

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