Anne Hathaway: Snapshot

Anne Hathaway
Date of Birth
November 12, 1982
Birth Place
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Little girls – and their moms – fell in love with Anne Hathaway as the frumpy teen who learns she's royalty in Disney's sleeper hit, The Princess Diaries. But Hathaway found herself typecast as the royal girl-next-door (Ella Enchanted and Princess Diaries 2) until she shed her tiara – and her clothes – to play a gay cowboy's wife in Ang Lee's Oscar darling, Brokeback Mountain.

After her critically acclaimed performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback, Hathaway shared the screen with acting legend Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. In 2007, the pretty brunette was named one of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful and played Jane Austen in Becoming Jane.

In 2008, the spotlight turned to Hathaway's heartbreak, as her boyfriend Raffaello Follieri was arrested on numerous fraud and money laundering charges. After their split, she shined as a recovering drug addict in Rachel Getting Married, nabbing her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

Despite all her success, 2012 had to be Hathaway's best year yet, with the actress marrying longtime boyfriend Adam Shulman, and starring in box office smash Les Misérables, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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Anne Hathaway: Five Fun Facts

  1. Anne Hathaway kept the butt pads she wore to become a ''Fat Size 6'' as fashion assistant Andy in The Devil Wears Prada. "I have every good intention to have it framed," she told Harper's Bazaar, "and have a little plaque underneath it that says, ANDY'S ASS."
  2. At 15, Anne Hathaway had her first professional audition. "I'd take a train, go into the city and smile for a Cheez Whiz commercial," she told the New York Times in 2002. "I really didn't find it fulfilling."
  3. Anne Hathaway played her first princess role in 1998, in her high school's production of Once Upon a Mattress.
  4. After training extensively as a soprano, Anne Hathaway performed as a member of the All-Eastern United States High School Honors Chorus at New York City's Carnegie Hall in 1999.
  5. Anne Hathaway was originally cast in Katherine Heigl's role for the hit comedy Knocked Up. But she backed out "because it was going to show a vagina – not mine, but somebody else's. And I didn't believe that it was actually necessary to the story," she told Marie Claire in 2007.

Anne Hathaway: Biography

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A Jersey Girl Acts Out

Despite her parents' objection, Hathaway appears in several plays at local theatre, the Paper Mill Playhouse, in Milburn, N.J. "They so wanted me to have a normal life as a kid," she tells the New York Times in 2001, of her parents – Gerald, an attorney, and Kate, who was in a national touring company of Les Misérables. The young Hathaway goes on to study with the Barrow Group, a prestigious New York theatre company, for six months.


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Hathaway Gets Real

At 16, Hathaway plays overachieving daughter Meghan Green in the Fox drama series Get Real (pictured with costar Eric Christian Olsen). The show is compared to the short-lived drama, My So-Called Life, and one Variety critic likens Hathaway to Claire Danes. Like MSCL, Get Real is cancelled after one season.


Anne Hathaway

A Disney Princess

Hathaway takes time off from Vassar College to star as an unlikely royal in Disney's The Princess Diaries. Garry Marshall of Pretty Woman fame directs the movie, which costars Julie Andrews (right) and Mandy Moore. It becomes a sleeper hit and earns $108 million. In 2004, Hathaway reprises her role in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

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