Anne Hathaway - (born November 12, 1982) is an actress and regarded as one of the 50 most beautiful people.. After several stage roles, she appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She played Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries (2001). Over the next three years, Hathaway reprised that role for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and starred in family films, appearing as the title character in Ella Enchanted, both in 2004.
Hathaway had dramatic roles in Havoc and Brokeback Mountain, both in 2005. She starred in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and in Becoming Jane (2007) as Jane Austen. In 2008, she was acclaimed for her lead role in Rachel Getting Married, for which she won awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits Valentine's Day, Love and Other Drugs and Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. She is scheduled to play Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
People magazine named her one of its breakthrough stars of 2001, and she first appeared on its list of the world's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2006.
Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, but the family moved to Millburn, New Jersey when she was six years old. She graduated from Millburn High School, where she participated in many school plays; her high school performance as Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress garnered her a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination for Best Performance by a High School Actress. During this time, Hathaway was in plays including Jane Eyre and Gigi at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse (which is located in Millburn, across the street from Hathaway's middle school). She spent several semesters studying as an English major and Women's Studies minor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York before transferring to New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, referring to her college enrollment as one of her best decisions, because she enjoyed being with others who were trying to "grow up".
A soprano, Hathaway performed in 1998 and 1999 with the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus at Carnegie Hall and has performed in plays at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey. Three days after her 1999 performance at Carnegie Hall, she was cast in the short-lived Fox television series Get Real at the age of 16.
Hathaway is a trained stage actress and has stated that she prefers performing on stage to film roles. Her acting style has been compared to Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn. She cites Garland as one of her favorite actresses and Meryl Streep as her idol.
Wednesday 1.19.2011 - Jersey Girl Anne Hathaway is the New Catwomen
- Millburn's Anne Hathaway will play Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises" The good news won't stop coming for Anne Hathaway: The fumbling princess turned A-lister has just been cast as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."
Catwoman / Selina Kyle has been played in her previous big-screen incarnations by Michelle Pfeiffer and, in a disastrous, Razzie-winning turn, Halle Berry.
(And then there was that whole embarrassing sitch in 1991 when Sean Young tried to snag the role through blunt-force self-promotion. She did not succeed.)
Hathaway reportedly beat out Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley for the gig, opposite Christian Bale and a previously announced Tom Hardy.
Hathaway will host the 2011 Academy Awards with James Franco. For more on Hathaway's "The Dark Knight Rises" feline frenzy, check out Hero Complex.
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