Katie Holmes' Life Before Tom Cruise

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This week, Kathleen was seen in New York spending time with daughter Katie and granddaughter Suri.

She Was Ambitious but Grounded

While promoting her film, "Teaching Mrs. Tingle," in 1999, Holmes told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale that she related to the straight-laced student she played. "Leigh Ann was essentially me when I was in high school, in that I was very ambitious and driven and I wanted a life outside of what I knew."

Of course, Holmes got what she asked for and more. "It was so out of the blue, so unexpected," she continued about the sudden fame. "I mean all of a sudden my life changed, and it was unbelievable, and I was like a deer in the headlights, so many emotions going on."

But Holmes said she tried to stay grounded by remembering where she came from. "Being in the public eye can be isolating," Holmes told the New York Daily News in 2004. "It's hard to make friends easily. That's why I'm always on the phone with my family, trying not to think about my image."

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