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