Biography of Anne HathawayAnne Jacqueline Hathaway is a renowned American actress and singer. She gained prominence through her roles in films such as "The Princess Diaries," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Becoming Jane," "Rachel Getting Married," "Alice in Wonderland," "Love & Other Drugs," "Les Misérables," and "The Intern," among others. She is the recipient of prestigious accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as numerous other honors.
Childhood and EducationAnne Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 12, 1982, to Gerard Hathaway, a lawyer, and his wife, Kate McCauley, an actress. She has an older brother, Michael, and a younger brother, Thomas.
Anne was named after William Shakespeare's spouse, who was originally known as Anne Hathaway.When she was six years old, the family relocated to the quaint town of Millburn in New Jersey, not far from New York City, where she spent her formative years. Raised in the Catholic faith, Anne often spoke of being instilled with "stringent moral principles." As a child, she contemplated joining a convent; however, her perspective on religion shifted at age fifteen when she realized her older brother was gay. She could no longer support a church that did not accept him, and she now identifies as a nondenominational Christian.
In addition to her theatrical pursuits, Anne also trained vocally and, between 1998 and 1999, performed soprano parts multiple times at Carnegie Hall. She has often stated in interviews that she derives greater joy from stage acting than from performing in front of a camera. Her acting role models include Judy Garland and Meryl Streep.
Actong CareerOnce, as a 16-year-old girl was captivating the audience at Carnegie Hall, she caught the eye of television producers who subsequently invited her to star in the series "Get Real." Shortly thereafter, the young actress secured the lead role in Disney's adolescent film "The Princess Diaries" (2001). In this box-office sensation, she portrayed an ordinary American high school student who, by a twist of fate, becomes a princess in a small European kingdom. The film achieved unprecedented commercial success, particularly for a children's movie, catapulting Anne Hathaway into instant stardom.
My parents have gifted me many life lessons, and one of them is this: whenever someone asks 'can you do this,' the answer should always be 'yes.' Given the motivation, one can learn virtually anything in two weeks.Indeed, she managed to master the skill, although she did experience a number of falls during filming. The movie proved successful, and Hathaway's co-stars in "Brokeback Mountain" — Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams — received nominations for Oscars and other esteemed awards.
After the film’s release, the actress admitted, 'I didn't want to let go of Kim. Honestly, I didn't. I fell in love with her. She inspired me to be more authentic. After playing this role, I felt a renewed determination to be open to the world and not fear judgment, misunderstandings, or dislikes.'Her third movie in 2008 was a partly mystical drama thriller "Passengers," which was not particularly successful, despite some merits.
Following that, she co-starred with Kate Hudson in the romantic comedy "Bride Wars" (2009). Critics weren't overly enthusiastic due to its straightforward plot about two best friends who inadvertently schedule their weddings on the same day, resulting in an all-out war for guests and wedding amenities. However, the audience seemed to enjoy its lighthearted nature and inevitable happy ending.
In the same year of 2010, the actress was fortunate to participate in the whimsical adventure film "Alice in Wonderland," inspired by the tale by Lewis Carroll. This captivating and visually arresting film was brought to life by the artistic collaboration of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter, and featured Mia Wasikowska in the lead role, alongside Stephen Fry and other accomplished actors.
Another intriguing role for Anne Hathaway was the lead in the drama "Love and Other Drugs" (2010), where she acted opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Her performance in the film earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a Satellite Award. For the first time, the actress appeared nude on screen, an experience she found challenging. She drew inspiration from actresses like Kate Winslet and Penélope Cruz, who had portrayed nudity with profound sensuality and remarkable dignity.
Another intriguing project Hathaway undertook during this period was the comedy "The Intern" (2015), in which she starred opposite Robert De Niro. Known for its tagline, "Experience never gets old," the film delves into the life of an elderly man exploring a new career path, and his interactions with his young and ambitious boss.
Despite having a young child, Hathaway continues to maintain an active film career. As her son Jonathan grew older, she accepted a role in the crime comedy "Ocean's Eight," a spin-off of the renowned "Ocean's Eleven." Released in 2018, the film features an ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Matt Damon, Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, and Kim Kardashian.
That same year saw the completion of post-production for the dramatic thriller "Serenity," co-starring Matthew McConaughey and Diane Lane, as well as the comedy "The Hustle," a remake of the iconic 1988 film "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
Views and Public ActivismAnne Hathaway is an ardent advocate for women's and children's rights globally. She is particularly committed to combating child marriages and has embarked on missions to Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries where this issue is especially pressing.
In 2013, Hathaway lent her voice to the CNN documentary "Girl Rising," which illuminates the lives of young women from various countries striving to overcome social and cultural barriers to achieve their dreams. Notable actors such as Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, and Chloë Grace Moretz also contributed to this project.
In 2016, Hathaway became a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, a subdivision of the United Nations focused on gender equality and the expansion of rights and opportunities for women.
In 2017, she publicly advocated for the implementation of equal paid parental leave for both fathers and mothers.
Personal Life of Anne HathawayIn 2004, Anne began a romantic relationship with Italian entrepreneur Raffaello Follieri, who had established a foundation in the U.S. a year earlier to fund vaccinations for children in impoverished nations. However, he later failed to substantiate the intended use of the funds.
Anne was perpetually tense. She was living with a man who was a criminal and a swindler. He was intolerant of her work schedule and loathed it when she stayed out late. When we had late-night shoots, she would become extremely stressed.In June 2008, Follieri was arrested for defrauding investors and embezzling multi-million-dollar funds intended for real estate for the Catholic Church. As Hathaway was formally listed as his business partner, the investigation indirectly implicated her, although no charges were filed.
Nevertheless, Hathaway had to endure significant public humiliation but managed to maintain her dignity: "At first, I felt like such a fool! I thought everyone would judge me. Yet, I encountered nothing but compassion from my family, friends, and the public — truly from all quarters. That helped me come to terms with the situation and overcome it."
After the scandalous breakup with Follieri, Anne started dating actor and jewelry designer Adam Shulman.