Biography: Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Jonathan Demme’s critically acclaimed drama Rachel Getting Married. For her work in the film, Hathaway also earned Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, and also won the National Board of Review, Chicago Film Critics Association, and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress. She more recently received another Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for her role in Edward Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.
Later this year, Hathaway stars as Fantine in Tom Hooper’s much-anticipated feature film adaptation of the beloved musical Les Misérables, opening in December.
Hathaway made an auspicious feature film debut with a starring role in Garry Marshall’s 2001 hit comedy The Princess Diaries, and reprised her role in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Her early film credits also include Douglas McGrath’s screen rendition of Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby and the title role in Ella Enchanted.
In 2005, Hathaway co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Ang Lee’s groundbreaking drama Brokeback Mountain, and was nominated with her castmates for a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. The following year, she received widespread acclaim for her performance in the smash hit The Devil Wears Prada, opposite Meryl Streep.
Hathaway has also starred in such diverse films as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; Valentine’s Day, which reunited her with Garry Marshall; Gary Winick’s Bride Wars; Rodrigo Garcia’s Passengers; Peter Segal’s Get Smart; the Jane Austen biopic Becoming Jane; Havoc; and The Other Side of Heaven. In addition, she lent her voice to the animated hit features Rio and Hoodwinked!, and, in 2010, won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for the role of Princess Penelope on an episode of The Simpsons.
Hathaway’s theatre credits include Shakespeare in the Park’s 2009 production of Twelfth Night; Lincoln Center’s Encores! presentation of Carnival, for which she won a 2002 Clarence Derwent Award; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s workshop of Woman in White; and Forever Your Child. She also participated in the 2005 celebration gala for Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday.
In January 2005, Hathaway traveled to Cambodia on behalf of the documentary A Moment in the World, organized by Angelina Jolie. The project placed approximately 25 participants in various locations on a specific day, each instructed to videotape their surroundings at the same specific moment in time.
Born in New York, Hathaway studied acting at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and at the award-winning Barrow Group in New York City, where she was the first and only teen ever admitted to their intensive acting program. In 2005, she was honored for her achievements by the Barrow Group. She also studied in the musical theatre program with the Collaborative Arts Project, CAP 21, affiliated with NYU. An accomplished dancer, she studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Additionally, she performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as a member of the All-Eastern US High School Honors Chorus. She began her professional career on television on the series Get Real.