Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Infobox actor
name = Anne Hathaway

caption= Anne Hathaway in 2008
birthname = Anne Jacqueline Hathaway [ cite web|url= |title=Anne Hathaway |accessdate=2007-03-12 |work=Internet Movie Database ]
birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1982|11|12
birthplace = Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
yearsactive = 1999—present
nickname = Annie
deathdate =
deathplace =
awards = NBR Award for Best Cast
2002 "Nicholas Nickleby"
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in the 1999 television series "Get Real", but her first prominent role was in Disney's family comedy "The Princess Diaries" (2001) starring opposite Julie Andrews, which established her career. She continued to appear in family films over the next three years, and she had the lead roles in "Ella Enchanted" and "" (both 2004).

Hathaway later ventured away from the "G-rated" image her early acting career bestowed upon her, starring in the adult-themed films "Havoc" and "Brokeback Mountain", both of which featured her topless. She later starred in "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006) opposite Meryl Streep and in "Becoming Jane" (2007), in which she portrays Jane Austen. Her most recent movie, "Get Smart", in which she plays the character Agent 99, was released in June 2008 and is currently the second highest-grossing film of her career. Hathaway is set to star alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp in the 2010 film, "Alice in Wonderland."

Her acting style has been compared to that of Judy Garland and Audrey HepburnNo author specified. "Dressed for success". "The Sunday Times". September 24, 2006. Retrieved October 8, 2006.] and she cites Hepburn as her favorite actress"The Princess Diaries" DVD commentary. A behind-the-scenes look at the film's production. Retrieved September 19, 2006.] and Streep as her idol. [ [,,9bxdt103-p,00.html "Celebrity Interview: Anne Hathaway's Growing Pains."] . "Entertainment iVillage". Retrieved December 31, 2006.] "People" magazine named her one of 2001's breakthrough stars [ [ "Anne Hathaway."] Retrieved October 9, 2006.] and in 2006 she was listed as one of the world’s 50 Most Beautiful People. [ [ "Anne Hathaway."] "People" magazine. Retrieved October 10, 2008.]


Early life and career

Anne "Annie" Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Millburn, New Jersey, when she was six years old. She is the daughter of Gerald Hathaway, a lawyer, and Kate McCauley, an actress who inspired Hathaway to follow in her footsteps. [ "Anne Hathaway learns from a dishwasher in 'Prada'"] . Associated Press. June 27, 2006. Retrieved June 29, 2006.] She was named after the wife of playwright William Shakespeare. She has an older brother, Michael, and a younger brother, Thomas. Hathaway has mainly Irish and French ancestry, with more distant German and Native American roots. [Barlow, Helen. [,23739,21468251-5003420,00.html "No plain Jane."] "The Courier-Mail". March 31, 2007.]

Hathaway was raised a Catholic with what she considered "really strong values," and has stated she wanted to be a nun during her childhood. [ "Anne Hathaway Wished to Be a Nun."] "The Himalayan Times". Retrieved July 21, 2006.] However, at the age of fifteen she decided not to become a nun after learning that her brother Michael was gay. Despite her Catholic upbringing, she felt that she could not be part of a religion that disapproved of her brother's sexual orientation. She has stated that she is a non-denominational Christian. As a teenager, she actually spent many of her summers going to a Christian camp called Camp Johnsonburg, also known as the Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center.

Hathaway was raised in Millburn, New Jersey. A very intelligent child, she was involved in a Montessori program as a preschooler and was then able to enter first grade when she was technically still a kindergartner. ["The Princess Diaries" commentary with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.] Hathaway graduated from Millburn High School where she participated in many school plays. Hathaway's high school performance as Winifred in "Once Upon a Mattress" garnered her the New Jersey Rising Star Award nomination for best performance by a high school actress [McKinley, Jesse. [ " An A for Aplomb Onstage, and Political Science in the Wings."] "The New York Times", February 18, 2002, accessed April 4, 2008.] She spent several semesters studying as an English major and Women's Studies minor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, where she was also a member of the school's acapella singing group, Measure 4 Measure. She later transferred to New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study due to it's close proximity to New York City and her acting jobs. [ "Celebrity Bios: Anne Hathaway."] "Us Magazine". Retrieved October 10, 2008.] She referred to her college enrollment as one of her best decisions because she enjoyed being with others who were trying to "grow up."cite journal |title=All-Access Anne |journal=Jane | date=June 23, 2006 | url= ] Hathaway was a member of the Barrow Group Theater Company's acting program and was the first teenager ever admitted into the program.cite web | title=The Chicago Tribune | title='Prada' star Anne Hathaway doesn't like it haute | url=,0,2647284.story | accessed=October 9, 2008] She is a trained stage actress and has stated that she prefers appearing on stage to film roles.

A soprano, Hathaway performed twice in 1998 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. Three days after performing at Carnegie Hall, she was cast in the short-lived 1999 television series "Get Real".

1999–2004: Career development

Hathaway starred in the 1999 FOX television series "Get Real" for one season, after which it was canceled. Her first filmed role in a motion picture was as Jean Sabin in "The Other Side of Heaven" (2001) opposite Christopher Gorham. Before production of "Heaven" began in New Zealand, she auditioned for the lead role of Mia Thermopolis in the Garry Marshall-directed "The Princess Diaries" (2001). Hathaway auditioned for the role during a flight layover on the way to New Zealand and won the role after only one audition. Marshall claimed that he loved her immediately because she fell off her chair during the audition and believed her clumsiness would make her perfect for the role. (However, in a 2008 conversation with Steve Carell, Hathaway denied that she fell during this audition, although she openly admits to being a "klutz".) [ "Get Smart."] At 4:36 in the interview. Retrieved June 21, 2008.] "The Princess Diaries" was released before "The Other Side of Heaven" in the hopes that its success would increase interest in "Heaven". Across the world, "The Princess Diaries" was a commercial success [ [ "Box office statistics for "The Princess Diaries" (2001)"] . Retrieved September 19, 2006.] and a sequel was planned shortly after. Many critics praised Hathaway's performance in "Diaries"; a "BBC" critic noted that "Hathaway shines in the title role and generates great chemistry." [Falk, Ben. [ "The Princess Diaries" (2001)"] . "BBC". December 11, 2001. Retrieved September 19, 2006.] "The Other Side of Heaven" was received weakly by critics, but it performed well for a religious-themed film. [ [ "Christian Movies: Comparison of Box Office Receipts."] Retrieved October 5, 2006.] [ [ "Box office statistics for "The Other Side of Heaven" (2001)"] . Retrieved October 4, 2006.]

In February 2002, Hathaway made her Broadway debut opposite Brian Mitchell in the City Center Encores! production of "Carnival!" She received positive reviews for her portrayal of Lili.

Hathaway continued to appear in family-oriented films over the next three years and subsequently became known in mainstream media as a children's role model."Hathaway too sweet to beat". "Los Angeles Times". June 12, 2004. Retrieved October 3, 2006.] In 2002, she appeared in "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002) opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell, which opened to positive reviews; the "Northwest Herald" referred to it as "an unbelievably fun film" [Westhoff, Jeffrey. [ "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002)"] . "Northwest Herald". Undated transcript. Retrieved September 23, 2006.] and the "Deseret News" said that the cast was "Oscar-worthy." [Vice, Jeff. [,1257,310000174,00.html "Nicholas Nickleby"] . "Deseret News". January 23, 2003. Retrieved September 23, 2006.] Despite critical acclaim, the film never entered wide release and failed at the North American box office, totaling less than US$4 million in ticket sales. [ [ "Box office statistics for "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002)"] . Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 23, 2006.]

Hathaway's next film role was as the titular character in "Ella Enchanted" (2004), the film adaptation of the novel, which opened to mostly indifferent reviews. [Elder, Robert. "Movie review: "Ella Enchanted". "Chicago Tribune". Retrieved September 23, 2006.] ["New York Times". "The release of "Ella Enchanted". April 9, 2004. Retrieved September 23, 2006.] Hathaway sang two songs in the film as well as two on the soundtrack.

In 2004, Hathaway was set to star opposite Gerard Butler in "The Phantom of the Opera", but was forced to turn down the role due to the movie having a production schedule that overlapped with that of "", which she was contractually obligated to make. Disney began production on "The Princess Diaries 2" in early 2004 and it was released in August of that year. The film opened to negative reviews, but still managed to peak higher at the box office than its predecessor, commissioning $95.1 million against a $40 million budget. [ [ "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement."] Retrieved October 10, 2008.]

2005–present: Career transition

Hathaway began appearing in more dramatic roles after "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement". She said that "anybody who was a role model for children needs a reprieve", although she also noted that "it's lovely to think that my audience is growing up with me", a reference to her previous status as a children's actress. She voiced Little Red Riding Hood in "Hoodwinked!" (2005), which received generally positive reviews. That same year, Hathaway was cast in the R-rated "Havoc" (2005), in which she played a spoiled socialite. In a surprise move, Hathaway was featured in several nude and sexual scenes throughout the film. Despite the content of the movie being radically different from her previous films, Hathaway denied that her role in the film was a blatant attempt to be seen as more of an adult actress, citing her belief that doing nudity in certain movies is merely a part of what her chosen form of art demands of her, and because of that belief she does not consider appearing nude in the appropriate films to be morally objectionable. [Epstein, Daniel Robert. [ "Anne Hathaway of Brokeback Mountain."] Retrieved October 10, 2008.]

After "Havoc", she appeared in the drama "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), opposite Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, in a role that further displayed a more serious side of Hathaway. "Havoc" was not released in theaters in the United States (but was later released in other countries) because of its weak critical reception, [ [ "Havoc (2005)."] Retrieved October 10, 2008.] but "Brokeback Mountain" won rave reviews [ [ "Brokeback Mountain (2005)."] Retrieved October 10, 2008.] for its depiction of a homosexual relationship in the 1960s, and received several Academy Award nominations. Hathaway would later assert that the content of "Brokeback Mountain" was more important than its award count and also stated that making the film made her more aware of the kind of stories she wanted to tell as an actress.Hooper, Barrett. "Little Annie Primps Up in Prada". "Inside Entertainment" (June 2006), pg. 37–44. Retrieved September 16, 2006.]

Hathaway's next film was "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006), in which she starred as an assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor (Meryl Streep, whom Hathaway described as being "just divine"). Hathaway said that working on the film earned her respect in the fashion industry, but she claims that her personal style is something she "can't get right" and instead prefers "doing the things she loves."

In an interview with "Us Weekly", Hathaway spoke about her weight loss for the film. "I basically stuck with fruit, vegetables and fish (to slim down for the movie). I wouldn’t recommend that. Emily Blunt and I would clutch at each other and cry because we were so hungry." [ [ "Anne Hathaway - Hathaway 'Starved' on Devil Wears Prada."] June 10, 2008.]

Hathaway was initially cast in the 2007 comedy "Knocked Up" but dropped out before filming began and was replaced by Katherine Heigl. Writer/director Judd Apatow stated in a May 2007 issue of "The New York Times Magazine" that Hathaway dropped out "because she didn't want to allow us to use real footage of a woman giving birth to create the illusion that she is giving birth." [ [ "The Vagina Mysteries."] June 18, 2007.] In an August 2008 interview with "Marie Claire" magazine, Hathaway commented that she "didn't believe that it was necessary to the story." [cite web |url= |title=Anne Hathaway Interview |accessdate=2008-08-17 |date=2008-07-04 |publisher=Marie Claire]

Hathaway was next seen in "Becoming Jane", released in mid-2007, in which she stars as English writer Jane Austen.

Tim Burton considered Hathaway for the part of Johanna in "", but in the end the role was given to Jayne Wisener, a then-unknown actress, reportedly because Burton decided he wanted an unknown actress for the part.

Hathaway's first film of 2008 was a modern adaptation of the 1960s Mel Brooks television series "Get Smart", in which she starred opposite Steve Carell, Dwayne Johnson, and Alan Arkin. The film was a hit at the box office and received mostly positive reviews, prompting talk of a sequel. She also made a cameo appearance in the spin-off film "". In October 2008, she will star in the drama "Passengers", alongside Patrick Wilson. She has recently completed the drama "Rachel Getting Married", opposite Debra Winger. The film premiered at the 2008 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to wide acclaim. Hathaway's dark role as a recovering drug addict has already generated Oscar buzz. Hathaway told Metromix that the film appealed to her because of its real depiction of relationships, "I think that love has a dark side, and I love that this movie explores it and doesn’t try to judge it or presuppose that love and darkness come in the exclusion of each other. Cause that’s life." [Tewksbury, Drew. [ "Anne Hathaway."] September 30, 2008.] She has finished filming the comedy "Bride Wars", in which she will star with Kate Hudson. The film is scheduled to be released on January 9, 2009.

It was announced in January 2008 that Hathaway would be joining beauty giant, Lancôme, as the face of their newest fragrance to be launched in September 2008. [ [ "Anne Hathaway confirmed as new ambassador for Lancome."] January 3, 2008.] She recently completed an ad for the company as the new face of Magnifique.

Personal life

Hathaway is a typical twenty-five year old who enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, playing with her dog, Esmeralda, and being with friends as pastimes. [ [] "Rachel Getting Married Interview". October 5, 2008.] She is also a vegetarian and involved with various charities including The Creative Coalition, The StepUp Women's Network, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Human Rights Campaign, and The Lolipop Theatre Network, an organization that screens films to critically ill children. In 2008, she was honored at Elle Magazine's "Women in Hollywood" Tribute and has also been honored for her work with The StepUp Women's Network and The Human Rights Campaign.

In 2004, Hathaway began a relationship with Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri. [Tauber, Michelle. [,,20207530,00.html "Anne Hathaway Splits from Raffaello Follieri."] "People Magazine". June 18, 2008.] During their relationship, Hathaway took part in the development of the charitable Follieri Foundation, serving as a financial donor as well as a member of the foundation's board of directors until 2007. A Manhattan-based charity founded in 2003 focusing on programs such as providing vaccinations for children in Third-World nations, the organization stunned Hathaway when it came under investigation in early June 2008 by the IRS, reportedly for failing to file tax papers required from non-profit organizations. [ [ "Hathaway Beau 'Cause' For Alarm."] "New York Post". June 9, 2008.] After this, as well as other suspicious claims were made of Follieri, Hathaway chose to end their relationship in mid-June 2008.Coleman, Mark and Emily Sheridan. [ "Devil Wears Prada star Anne Hathaway splits from long-time love."] "Daily Mail". June 17, 2008.]

Follieri was arrested in June 2008 on fraud charges for allegedly fleecing investors out of millions of dollars in a scheme involving purchasing Catholic properties in the U.S. for re-development. Court papers state that Hathaway was an unwitting, unknowing beneficiary of the stolen money which had in large part paid for Follieri's opulent lifestyle of jet-setting, shopping sprees and fine dining. [ [ "Hathaway's ex arrested on fraud charges."] "". June 24, 2008.] It was reported that the FBI had confiscated Hathaway's private journals from Follieri's New York City apartment as part of their ongoing investigation into Follieri's activities, [ [,2933,390461,00.html "Report: FBI Seizes Anne Hathaway's Journals in Raid on Ex-Boyfriend's Apartment."] Fox July 24, 2008.] although Hathaway was not implicated in any wrongdoing from the events.

In the October 2008 issue of "W" Magazine, Hathaway spoke for the first time of the break-up. She related that she "spent a week in shock" after the arrest of Follieri, and credited the kindness of friends to her ability to keep working during such difficult times. [Stein, Danielle. [ "Anne Hathaway's Chic Revenge."] October 2008.]

On a recent appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman", Hathaway commented that she had stopped smoking, which she had taken up while experiencing the "stressful summer" surrounding her broken relationship with Folleri. She credited stopping with the decline in her stress level. She also declared her return to being a vegetarian. In regards to the failed relationship, Hathaway stated that she had broken up with Follieri long before his arrest and was truly blindsided by his actions.Chi, Paul. [,,20230143,00.html "David Letterman Grills Anne Hathaway on Ex-Boyfriend."] "". October 1, 2008.]

In early 2007, Hathaway spoke of her experiences with depression during her teenage years, and said that she eventually overcame the disorder without medication. [Rubin, Courtney. [,,20010971,00.html "Anne Hathaway Says She Battled Depression."] "". February 6, 2007.]

In regard to personal strife and subsequent media attention, Hathaway's self-subscribed mantra is a quote by Oscar Wilde: "The less said about life's sores the better." [Douglas, Edward. [ "Anne Hathaway is Becoming Jane."] August 7, 2007.]



External links

* [ Metromix interview with Anne Hathaway]

NAME= Hathaway, Anne
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Hathaway, Anne Jacqueline
DATE OF BIRTH= November 12, 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH= Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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