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Katherine Heigl almost puts the 'show' in ShoWest

March 19, 2010 |  4:57 pm

Heigl dress It was a moment straight from a chick flick.

Katherine Heigl nearly revealed another facet of her audience appeal Thursday when she picked up ShoWest's Female Star of the Year award -- and almost dropped her top in front of a crowd of movie exhibitors and distributors.


This wasn't a planned wardrobe stunt: A while before going on stage at the conference's final event in Las Vegas, E! News' cameras captured a moment when Heigl, kvetching a bit about the bajillion beauty details she'd had to attend to before making her appearance. 

Sam promo showest "Ohh! I think I just popped something," said the new brunet, eyes wide. Then she brushed off whatever had happened on her left shoulder as no big deal. 

Turns out the real popping was yet to come -- but fortunately her reflexes were fast, and emcee Billy Bush had Heigl's back.

And ultimately her strap.

See the E! video after the jump, or click on the photo of Sam Worthington, male star of the year, to launch a photo gallery of the ShoWest scene.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Part of Katherine Heigl's dress broke while she was accepting an award at Paris Las Vegas on March 18, 2010, during ShoWest, the convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images.

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