Katherine Heigl has often been described as a "difficult diva" by her critics, but a scathing article published by The Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 11, 2013, places the blame directly on Heigl and her mother/manager, Nancy Heigl, for Katherine's rapidly declining move career.
According to anonymous sources quoted in the article, Katherine and Nancy's arrogance, rudeness and diva demands have made them very unpopular in Hollywood. The Heigls' clout has been considerably diminished because Katherine hasn't had a big hit movie since 2007's "Knocked Up." All of her movies after "Knocked Up" have flopped with critics and movie audiences.
One of these unidentified sources worked with Katherine Heigl on the 2010 movie "Life as We Know It," and the source said about the actress: "She can cost you time every single day of shooting. Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day. Even getting her deal closed at Warners was hard. She hit that point of 'no.'"
"Life as We Know it" director Greg Berlanti had very different comments about Katherine. He told The Hollywood Reporter: "I would work with her again in a heartbeat. She's an amazing actress, and her in a TV show that's a great idea and well-executed would be something I would watch and would feel lucky to work on myself."
Katherine and Nancy Heigl have not publicly commented on The Hollywood Reporter article.
However, an unidentified "insider" close to Katherine told The Hollywood Reporter: "She's really determined to put everything behind her. The only way to do that is to go to work in film or television with good people and for those people to have good things to report back. And it's not an overnight thing. There's a really loyal, huge fan base that's waiting to see her."
Katherine Heigl (who is 34) began acting when she was a child, but she didn't become a star until 2005, when she was cast as Dr. Isabel "Izzy" Stevens" in the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy." In 2007, she won an Emmy Award for her supporting role in "Grey's Anatomy."
In 2007, Katherine had her first big movie hit with the comedy "Knocked Up," in which she played an ambitious entertainment TV reporter who unexpectedly gets pregnant by a seemingly mismatched lover (played by Seth Rogen), after the two have a drunken one-night stand.
In real life, Katherine and her husband, musician Josh Kelley (whom she married in 2007), have two adopted daughters: Nancy Leigh and Adalaide Marie Hope.
Katherine fueled her reputation for being difficult when she publicly criticized the writing on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Knocked Up." She left "Grey's Anatomy" in 2010, amid reports that she had alienated herself from many of the show's cast members and crew.
In her movie career, Katherine has not been able to match the success of "Knocked Up." Her slew of critical and commercial bombs include "27 Dresses," "The Ugly Truth," "Killers," "Life as We Know It," "New Year's Eve," "One for the Money" and "The Big Wedding."
More recently, Katherine appeared in a Nyquil commercial. She has completed two independent films that are due out in 2014: the dramedy "North of Hell" and the animated comedy "The Nut Job."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katherine might be going back to doing a television series if NBC picks up a pilot "written by Alexi Hawley, co-executive producer of Fox's 'The Following,' in which the 34-year-old Heigl would play the CIA's chief liaison to the president."