When Biel hears that a Colorado teen was critically injured in an auto accident, she auctions off a date with herself to raise money for the girl's care. The winning man shells out $30,000 to eat lunch with her. In September, she's honored with the Huntington's Disease Society's Hope Award for her charity work with Make the Difference Network, an organization she cofounded to raise awareness and help people donate money to different nonprofits.
The Illusionist, a psychological period piece about a magician and his young muse, is released. The action-film veteran bemoans her "modern" look, which she thinks limits her roles. "All you have to do is pin-curl my hair and put me in a gown, and I'll look different, but there's not a lot of imagination in this town," she tells Time. The Illusionist brings Biel closer to her goal of being taken seriously as a dramatic actress.
The Sexiest Woman Alive adds Most Beautiful to her list of accolades when she appears in PEOPLE's annual issue sans makeup. The actress says, "I don't wear a lot of makeup in my personal life…I find that men, in my past, have preferred me without it."
Biel visits Timberlake in the U.K., where he is touring. They hole up in Manchester's five-star Lowery Hotel and take in a soccer match. She joins him on tour again in June, and the couple is photographed holding hands and sightseeing in Amsterdam and Stockholm. They were first linked at a Golden Globe afterparty in January and went snowboarding together at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Biel, who stars in the period piece Easy Virtue, discusses her struggle to be seen as a serious actress in Allure, saying she yearns for meatier, more dramatic roles. "I just want an opportunity," she tells the magazine. "If you don't like the audition, then don't hire me. But if you don't even want to see me – that's hurtful." Biel adds that her good looks often are a drawback in castings. "It really is a problem."
After rumors of a romance with Mila Kunis surface, Timberlake and Biel look cozy together at an Oscar afterparty. But weeks later the couple announce the end of their nearly four-year relationship. "The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other," their reps say in a statement.
After spending five months apart, Biel reunites with Timberlake in Toronto before attending a friend's wedding together in Steamboat Springs, Colo. In the New Year, news of the couple's own wedding plans is leaked when a source tells PEOPLE Timberlake proposed to Biel while the duo vacationed in Montana.
During an intimate ceremony in southern Italy, Biel ties the knot with Timberlake. "It's great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends," the couple tells PEOPLE exclusively. Days before their nuptials, the two kicked off their wedding celebration with a party featuring locally prepared delicacies and a beach bash complete with fireworks and live music.
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