The daughter of a stage actress
and an attorney, Anne Hathaway was born on November 12th, 1982
in Brooklyn, New York. She and her two brothers were raised
in New Jersey, where she led a tomboyish childhood and broke
In high school, though, she fully
embraced her love and affinity for singing and acting. She
remains the only teen to ever be accepted in the prestigious
Barrow Group, an acting workshop in New York. She performed
at Carnegie Hall in 1998 with the All Eastern U.S. High School
Honors Chorus. Three days later, she was cast in the TV series
Get Real, and her career was off and rolling.
Though short-lived, the family
comedy-drama Get Real won a legion of committed fans, especially
for Hathaway's character "Meghan Green." The young
cast was nominated for a Young Star Artist Award (ensemble).
Despite the minor successes, though, the show was cancelled
after one season. Hathaway simply shrugged and got on with
her life, enrolling at Vassar College.
But acting remained an important
part of her life. She filmed her first movie, The Other Side
of Heaven, in 2000. In it she played "Jean Sabin," the love interest of a conflicted member of the Church of
Latter-Day Saints. The role didn't propel her into the spotlight,
but it did give her valuable experience in film, which, in
turn, probably helped her win her next role.
During her audition for 2001's
The Princess Diaries, Anne won the lead role, in part, by
accidentally falling off her chair. Since the role demanded
a klutsy-yet-charming lead actress, Anne's handling of the
mishap convinced director Garry Marshall to hire her on the
spot. She filmed in England with legend Julie Andrews and
promoted the film all over Europe and North America. The role
brought her a lot of mainstream attention and earned her nominations
for a Teen Choice Award and an MTV Movie Award.
In 2002, Hathaway took part in
a stage production of Carnival put on by the esteemed company
City Center Encore! She won the prestigious Clarence Derwent
Award for her performance, confirming her stage credibility.
Meanwhile, she appeared in a solid film adaptation of Charles
Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby.
Her latest film, Ella
Enchanted, is slated for a spring 2004 release. Hathaway is
currently working toward an English Literature degree from
Vassar College, and will reprise her role for a Princess Diaries