Anne Hathaway Career Milestones
Born: Anne Jacqueline Hathaway
Birth Date: November 12, 1982
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5′ 8″ (1,73 m)
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real (1999). She gained widespread recognition for her roles in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its 2004 sequel as a young girl who discovers she is a member of royalty, opposite Julie Andrews and Heather Matarazzo.
Anne Hathaway received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Spirit Award nominations for her performance in Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married; additionally, she won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award and the National Board of Review and Chicago Film Critics Association’s citations for Best Actress.
Previously, she memorably starred opposite Meryl Streep in David Frankel’s The Devil Wears Prada. With her fellow actors from Ang Lee’s multi-Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain (also for Focus Features), she was a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Among Ms. Hathaway’s other movies are such blockbuster hits as Garry Marshall’s The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and Valentine’s Day; Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; and Peter Segal’s Get Smart. She notably portrayed author Jane Austen in Julian Jarrold’s Becoming Jane; and voiced lead roles in two animated features: Cory and Todd Edwards and Tony Leech’s Hoodwinked, and Carlos Saldanha’s Rio. Her voiceover work as guest star in an episode of The Simpsons earned her an Emmy Award.
Filmgoers have also seen her in Edward Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, which reteamed her with Jake Gyllenhaal of Brokeback Mountain, and for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award; Gary Winick’s Bride Wars, opposite Kate Hudson; Tommy O’Haver’s Ella Enchanted; and Douglas McGrath’s adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, among other pictures. She first gained industry attention through her work on the television series Get Real, earning a Teen Choice Award nomination for her portrayal.
Theatregoers have seen her in Daniel Sullivan’s acclaimed Shakespeare in the Park staging of Twelfth Night; and in Lincoln Center’s Encores! production of Carnival, directed by Kathleen Marshall, for which Ms. Hathaway won the prestigious Clarence Derwent Award. She has also performed in the Encores! Concert Gala, the Stephen Sondheim Birthday Gala, and (in workshop) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.
She supports several philanthropic initiatives, and has traveled to Cambodia for the documentary project A Moment in the World; is active with Step Up Women’s Network, a foundation created to strengthen community resources for women and girls; and serves on the advisory board of Lollipop Theater Network, which screens movies in hospitals for pediatric patients suffering from chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
Ms. Hathaway studied acting at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and with the award-winning Barrow Group in New York City; in April 2005, the latter honored her for her achievements, which included being the first and only teenager ever admitted into their intensive acting program.
She also studied in the musical theatre program of the Collaborative Arts Project (CAP 21), which is affiliated with New York University. She is additionally an accomplished dancer, having studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City; and is a first soprano, having performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as a member of the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus.
She recently co-hosted the 83rd Annual Academy Awards telecast with James Franco; and is currently at work filming Christopher Nolan’s globally anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, in which she stars as Selina Kyle opposite Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne.