Anne Hathaway's first major role came in the short-lived
television series Get Real. She gained widespread recognition
for her roles in The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel as a
young girl who discovers she's a member of royalty, opposite
Julie Andrews and Heather Matarazzo.
Anne Hathaway also had a notable role in the 2002 film production of Nicholas Nickleby opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell, and a starring role in 2004's Ella Enchanted. A former top-ranking soprano in New York, Hathaway was purportedly a front-runner for the role of "Christine" in the 2004 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. However, due to scheduling conflicts with Princess Diaries 2, she couldn't take the role, which was later given to newcomer Emmy Rossum.
Hathaway soon started to move away from family-friendly films. Following Princess Diaries 2, she appeared topless in the films Havoc opposite Josh Peck and Brokeback Mountain opposite Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Her desire to break out of her Princess Diaries image parallels that of her one-time co-star, Julie Andrews, who went topless in the film S.O.B. in order to break away from the image she created from her 1960s musicals. In interviews, Anne Hathaway said that doing family-friendly films didn't mean she was similar to their characters or mean she objected to appearing nude in other films.
In 2006, Anne Hathawaywill star in The Devil Wears Prada, opposite Meryl Streep, and Becoming Jane, where she'll play a young Jane Austen.
Anne Hathaway shares her name with Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare. She has Irish ancestry on her father's side and is a graduate of Millburn High School. She also spent several semesters studying at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York before transferring to New York University. Since 2004, Hathaway's been in a relationship with real estate developer Raffaello Follieri. She has two brothers and she will be a bridesmaid in her brother Michael's wedding when he marries his boyfriend in 2006.
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