Anne Hathaway is an American actress and singer.
Let’s find out some intriguing facts about her!
1. Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born November 12, 1982 in Brooklyn, New York.
2. Her father, Gerald Thomas Hathaway, is a lawyer, and her mother, Kathleen Ann “Kate” (née McCauley), is a former actress who inspired Hathaway to follow in her footsteps.
3. Kathleen played Fantine in the first U.S. tour of Les Misérables.
4. When Hathaway was six years old, her family moved to Millburn, New Jersey, where she grew up.
5. Hathaway is the middle of three children with her older brother, Michael and younger brother, Thomas.
6. Kathleen is of Irish descent, and Gerald is of Irish, French, English and German ancestry. Her surname originates in England.
7. Hathaway was raised as Roman Catholic with what she considers “really strong values”, and 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.”
8. At the age of fifteen, her relationship with the Catholic Church changed, after learning that Michael was gay.
9. She said: “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.”
10. In 2009, she stated that her religious beliefs are “a work in progress”.
11. Hathaway attended Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and Wyoming Elementary School in Millburn.
12. She graduated from Millburn High School, where she participated in many school plays and her high school performance as Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress won her a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination for Best Performance by a High School Actress.
13. Later, she appeared in plays, including Jane Eyre and Gigi at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse.
14. 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”.
15. Hathaway studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was the first teenager admitted into The Barrow Group Theater Company’s acting program.
16. Between 1998 and 1999, she sang soprano with the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus at Carnegie Hall and in plays at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey. She is a trained stage actress and stated that she prefers performing from stage to film roles.
17. Her acting style has been compared to those of Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn.
18. She cites Garland as one of her favorite actresses and Meryl Streep as her idol.
19. She made her professional screen debut in the short-lived Fox television series Get Real (1999–2000), before landing the lead role of Mia Thermopolis in the Disney comedy film The Princess Diaries (2001), for which she won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy. Hathaway went on to become a widely praised “role model for children” for her roles in Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Ella Enchanted (2004), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and Hoodwinked! (2005).
20. Hathaway began to transition to more adult roles in 2005, winning a DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actress for Havoc (2005), receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her role in the critically acclaimed Brokeback Mountain (2005), garnering further recognition for appearing alongside Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and earning a BIFA nomination for Best Performance by an Actress for her portrayal of Jane Austen in Becoming Jane (2007).
21. Hathaway received praise for her performance as a recovering drug addict in Rachel Getting Married (2008), for which she won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Indie Spirit Awards for Best Actress / Female Lead.
22. She went on to win her second Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy for starring in Bride Wars (2009) and in 2010, appeared in the box office hits Valentine’s Day, Alice in Wonderland and Love & Other Drugs, which earned her the Satellite Award for Best Actress and a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
23. In 2011, Hathaway voiced Jewel in the animated film Rio and hosted the 83rd Academy Awards with James Franco, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.
24. In 2012, she portrayed Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
25. The same year, she starred as Fantine in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, which earned her widespread acclaim and she won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
26. Hathaway has since gone on to appear in Rio 2 (2014), Interstellar (2014), The Intern (2015), and reprised her role as the White Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
27. People magazine named Hathaway one of its breakthrough stars of 2001, and she appeared on its list of the world’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2006.
28. In 2004, Hathaway developed a romantic relationship with Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri, during which she participated in the development of the charitable Follieri Foundation, as a donor and as a member of its board of directors until 2007.
39. The Manhattan-based foundation, established in 2003, focused on efforts such as providing vaccinations for children in poor countries. In June 2008, it was investigated by the IRS, for failure to file required nonprofit information forms.
40. Citing concern that this investigation and other legal issues in which Follieri was involved could hurt her acting career, Hathaway ended their relationship in mid-June 2008.
41. On June 24, 2008, Follieri was arrested on charges of defrauding investors out of millions of dollars in a scheme in which Follieri posed as the Vatican’s point man on real-estate investing.
42. It was reported that the FBI confiscated Hathaway’s private journals from Follieri’s New York City apartment as part of their ongoing investigation into Follieri’s activities; however, Hathaway was not charged with any crime.
43. On October 23, 2008, after earlier pleading guilty, Follieri was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
44. In November 2008, Hathaway started dating Adam Shulman. The couple became engaged in November 2011 and were married on September 29, 2012, in Big Sur, California in an interfaith Christian and Jewish service.
45. In late November 2015, it was announced that Hathaway and Shulman were expecting their first child. Hathaway gave birth to their son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, on March 24, 2016.
46. Hathaway is involved with charities, including The Creative Coalition, The Step Up Women’s Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Human Rights Campaign, and The Lollipop Theatre Network.