“No one has ever been able to tell me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl.”–Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York, USA in 1982. She is 31 years old. She is the the middle child to Gerald and Kathleen Hathaway. Her father is a lawer, her mother is a an actress. When Hathaway was six the family moved to Millburn, New Jersey. There she attended the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, the Wyoming Elementary School. She started acting in earnest while at Millburn High School and at the near by Paper Mill Playhouse. She studied at Vassar then transferred to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
A soprano, Hathaway 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. Three days after her 1999 performance at Carnegie Hall, she was cast in the short-lived Fox television series Get Real at the age of 16. [IMBD]
In 2001 she got her big break with the role of awkward duckling turned princess as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries.
In the last dozen years she has danced on both sides of the line that divides juvenile/young adult (Ella Enchanted, Hoodwinked, The Devil Wears Prada) and mature roles (Brokeback Mountain, Becoming Jane, Rachel Getting Married). Last year she played Selina (aka Cat Woman) in The Dark Knight Rises and Fantine in Les Miserables.
Here’s Hathaway singing I Dream a Dream from Les Miserables…