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Katherine Heigl adopting a special needs baby from Korea

September 10, 2009

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is joining the ranks of celebrity moms Madonna and Angelina Jolie by adopting a baby from outside the United States.katherine-heigl1

Heigl told TV chat show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview to air on Friday that she planned to adopt even before she married singer Josh Kelley, and that her family has a history of adoption, because her own sister is of Korean descent and adopted.

The baby girl will turn 1 year-old in November, and as it happens her birthday comes one day before Heigl’s own birthday. Jokingly, Heigl told DeGeneres that at first she thought that was a sign, but later realized she “basically forfeited” her birthday for the rest of her life.

Heigl also said that she has not seen the baby in person because she is still in Korea, but that the girl has special needs.

Heigl plays hospital intern Izzie Stevens in “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, a role that media reports suggested she might lose, after she caused some controversy last year by saying the show’s writers had not given her much to do on the show. But she has remained in the cast.

Heigl starred this summer in romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth,” which made $88 million at box offices in the U.S. and Canada.


The title is politically incorrect. It should say baby with special needs. the disability should be after the person. But go Katherine!

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I wish Katherine and Josh & the baby a lifetime of happiness.


I don’t get it. This woman is away from home half the year making movies, her fiancee away from home half the year performing music.

Neither of them have time to raise this special needs child. They need two full-time parents.

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