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Anne Hathaway

Hathaway in 2014

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress, singer, and producer.

After several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She came to prominence after playing Mia Thermopolis in the Disney film The Princess Diaries (2001) and in its 2004 sequel. Since then, Hathaway has starred in dramatic films such as the 2005 films Havoc and Brokeback Mountain. She has also starred in The Devil Wears Prada in 2006 and in Becoming Jane (2007) as Jane Austen and also in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (2014) as Dr. Brand.

In 2008, she won several awards for her performance in Rachel Getting Married, also earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits Valentine's Day, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and Love and Other Drugs and won an Emmy Award for her voice-over performance on The Simpsons. In 2011, she had a voice role in the animated film Rio. In 2012, she portrayed Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and Fantine in Tom Hooper's Les Misrables. Her performance in the latter earned her rave reviews and several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

People magazine named her one of its breakthrough stars of 2001,[1] and she appeared on its list of the world's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2006.[2]

Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Kathleen Ann "Kate" (ne McCauley) and Gerald Thomas Hathaway.[3] Her father is a lawyer, and her mother is a former actress who inspired Hathaway to follow in her footsteps.[4] Hathaway's mother played Fantine in the first U.S. tour of Les Misrables.[5] When Hathaway was six years old, the family moved to Millburn, New Jersey, where she grew up.[6] Hathaway is the middle of three children with an older brother, Michael, and a younger brother, Thomas. She is of mostly French and Irish ancestry, with distant Native American and German roots.[7]

Raised Roman Catholic with what she considers "really strong values", Hathaway stated that she wished to be a nun during her childhood: "When I was 11, I felt like I got a calling from God to be a nun."[6][8] At the age of 15, her relationship with the Catholic Church changed after she learned that her brother Michael was gay.[8] She has stated: "I realized my older brother was gay, and I couldn't support a religion that didn't support my brother. Now I call myself a non-denominational Christian, because I haven't found the religion for me."[9] In 2009, she stated that her religious beliefs are "a work in progress".[8][10]

Hathaway attended Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and Wyoming Elementary School in Millburn.[11] She graduated from Millburn High School, where she participated in many school plays; her high school performance as Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress gained her a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination for Best Performance by a High School Actress. During this time, she was in plays including Jane Eyre and Gigi at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse.[12] 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".[13]

Hathaway also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was the first teenager admitted into The Barrow Group Theater Company's acting program.[14] A soprano, she 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 Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey. She is a trained stage actress and has stated that she prefers performing on stage to film roles.[6] Her acting style has been compared to those of Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn.[15] She cites Garland as one of her favorite actresses[11] and Meryl Streep as her idol.[16]

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